Posts Tagged ‘MAC’

A Rising Star in Buffalo: 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Khalil Mack

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Buffalo senior outside linebacker Khalil Mack gave Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller trouble in the Buckeyes’ season opener. (Photo: Greg Bartram — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With a new hybrid defensive scheme under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, the Buffalo Bills made a strong effort to overhaul their roster of outside linebackers this offseason. Four free-agent additions new to the roster—Manny Lawson, Jerry Hughes, Marcus Dowtin and Jamaal Westerman—will see the majority of playing time when the Bills use odd defensive fronts.

Those four players won’t be the only outside linebackers generating buzz in Buffalo this year. In fact, the best outside linebacker in the metropolitan region might be playing for the Buffalo Bulls, a Division I college team, not the Bills.

Bulls senior Khalil Mack is quickly becoming one of the best outside linebackers in college football. A terrific athlete with the ability to line up all over the field, generate pressure off the edge and also drop back into coverage, Mack is one of the top 3-4 outside linebacker prospects in college football.

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2014 NFL Draft: American Athletic Conference and Mid-American Conference Sleepers to Watch

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

USF defensive end Ryne Giddins could be a riser in the 2014 NFL draft class if he bounces back strong from an injury-riddled junior season. (Photo: Danny Wild — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Mid-American Conference has consistently produced a few selections in each NFL Draft. The American Athletic Conference, formerly known as the Big East, has produced a good amount of NFL talent.

As one of the power conferences, the Big East produced a good amount of selections, averaging 19.4 picks over the last five drafts. With an exodus of many of the conference’s top teams in progress, it remains to be seen whether the AAC will be able to sustain that production of NFL talent.

During that same five-year period, the MAC averaged 6.6 players selected. However, the MAC did produce the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, as the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher.

Top quarterback prospect Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville leads the draft-eligible talent for the AAC this season, while the MAC’s top prospects are Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack and Kent State running back/wide receiver Dri Archer.

Although they do not play in any of college football’s major conferences, Bridgewater, Mack and Archer are already well-established names as prospect. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-established names who could be sleeper prospects for the 2014 NFL draft.

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What is he exactly? The Zac Dysert Question

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Answering the Zac Dysert Question (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Writer Carter Eckl

Don’t let the 11-20 record as a starter fool you into thinking Zac Dysert doesn’t have what it takes to become a NFL quarterback. Granted, I don’t see him starting day one but he could eventually develop into a solid quarterback with great accuracy. Dysert leaves the MAC inked up in the record books. He graduated as the number two passing leader of all time in the MAC. He threw for over 12,000 yards in his career with the Redhawks and nearly 75 touchdowns. He stands at 6-3 220 pounds, which is slightly smaller than your prototypical quarterback but he is certainly not short by any means. (more…)


Scouting the MAC Sleepers

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

This CB is not one to be caught sleeping on, do you know who he is? Photo: US Pesswire

 It’s MAC Week! For those of you diehard football fans out there like us, you know the MAC conference by its more appropriate and exciting #MACtion hashtag on Twitter. If you’ve never been sitting around watching MAC college football on a mid-week night you have no idea what you’re missing. MACtion consistently offers some of the most entertaining, wide open, high flying, and high scoring games you’ll see during the college football season. Here are the guys you don’t yet know who will be making the plays this season in the MAC. (more…)


DE Adrian Robinson Scouting Report

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

QB / RB / WR / TE / OT / OG / OC / DE / DT / OLB / ILB / CB / FS / SS

DE Adrian Robinson-Temple
Height: 6’1
Weight:  250 lbs.
Projection: 5th-6th Round
Grade: 6.0 (Grading Scale)

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