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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Buffalo RB Branden Oliver

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Branden Oliver hasn’t gotten much attention leading up to this year’s draft, but the Buffalo product is determined to make it in the NFL. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

You probably already know about Khalil Mack, the star outside linebacker prospect who is set to become the University at Buffalo’s first-ever first-round pick. What you might not know is that his former college roommate could also be selected in this year’s draft.

Branden Oliver has been one of college football’s most productive running backs over the past few years, rushing for 3,751 yards and 33 touchdowns over his final three seasons for the Bulls.

Somehow, the hard-charging runner has been largely overlooked leading up to the draft.

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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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