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2014 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Whose Tools Are Better Than Their Tape

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

While Anthony Barr’s physical tools stand out, his on-field play is not quite as outstanding. (Photo: Gary A. Vazquez — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

More times than not, good football players are also good athletes with prototypical physical traits, but being a great athlete and having great size does not necessarily mean one is a great football player. Every year, there are players whose draft stock is defined more by their measurables than what they have actually done on the football field. That is due in large part to NFL teams drafting players based on what they can become rather than who they are.

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Super Size Me: Big, Strong Guards in the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Buffalo Bills should be in the market for a guard on Day 2 of the draft, and UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo would be among their best options. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills let left guard Andy Levitre go and failed to amply replace him. Doug Legursky and Colin Brown proved to be below average starters, and the offensive line, especially the interior, got pushed into the backfield enough to neutralize most of running back C.J. Spiller’s game-breaking ability.

Also needing to take pressure off of EJ Manuel, finding solid pieces to fill out the offensive line is of utmost importance to the Bills this offseason.

Some people have suggested drafting an offensive tackle like Auburn’s Greg Robinson or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and shifting Cordy Glenn to right tackle or left guard, but most specifically, the Bills need to find someone who can fill the need at left guard. Based on Doug Marrone’s style of offense, the Bills are likely to look for a versatile offensive lineman who can block with power, but also has the athleticism to pull and get to the second level to help free running back C.J. Spiller.

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2014 Gator Bowl Prospect Preview: Nebraska vs. Georgia

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Among healthy players, the top prospect to watch in Wednesday’s Gator Bowl is Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste. (Photo: Bruce Thorson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The players on the sideline are likely to be more highly touted than those that take the field in the Gator Bowl (12 p.m. ET, ESPN2). With Nebraska (8-4) missing four starters, including quarterback Taylor Martinez, and Georgia (8-4) down eight starters, including quarterback Aaron Murray, running back Keith Marshall and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, the lineups for both teams will be very different from what they were expected to be coming into the season.

For both of these proud programs, the 2014 Gator Bowl will be a chance to build towards the future, allowing young players to get crucial snaps and hoping to prove to their fans there is little cause for concern.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Cornerback Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert has climbed to the top of the senior cornerback rankings. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Cornerback is emerging as one of the most important positions in football. With more and more NFL offenses putting four- and five-receiver sets on the field, it is imperative to have depth at the cornerback position.

I put more emphasis than many people do on cornerbacks’ run-stopping ability considering the need for defensive backs to be able to stop the run when playing against the spread. Physicality was also a trait that I looked for in my evaluations. It is important to be able to disrupt routes and timing of the offense with a good physical presence in press coverage.

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Scouting Notes: UCLA vs. Nebraska (9/14/13)

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

UCLA redshirt sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley started out awfully versus Nebraska, but looked like an early draft pick in the second half. (Photo: Bruce Thorson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

UCLA traveled to Nebraska on Sept. 14 in a highly anticipated rematch of last year’s game, which UCLA won 36-30.

UCLA struggled early and Nebraska looked ready to blow out the Bruins, leading 21-3 after capitalizing on UCLA’s mistakes. After the half, however, it was all UCLA, scoring 38 unanswered points to come out victorious 41-21.

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