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2015 NFL Combine Notebook, Day 3: OL/TE Workouts, DE/LB Weigh-ins

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Maxx Williams' 40-yard dash time was disappointing, but he made up for it with a great pass-catching performance. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

Maxx Williams’ 40-yard dash time was disappointing, but he made up for it with a great pass-catching performance. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The NFL’s annual Underwear Olympics officially went into full swing Friday as the offensive linemen and tight ends became the first position groups to take the field for their on-field workouts at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.

A number of projected first-round draft picks showed why they are top prospects, while a few other potential early-rounders had underwhelming day. A few small-schoolers stole the spotlight with their speed, while defensive line and linebacker weigh-ins were a telling representation of how some of the draft’s most hyped defensive players stack up against one another in terms of size.


Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 5: Missouri’s Markus Golden, Shane Ray to Battle Talented South Carolina Offensive Line

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Missouri's Shane Ray (56) and Markus Golden (33) form one of the nation's best pass-rushing combos. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

Missouri’s Shane Ray (56) and Markus Golden (33) form one of the nation’s best pass-rushing combos. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The more I study the eligible prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft, the clearer it is becoming that this is the year of the pass rusher. Outside of quarterback play, a pass-rush is the most important aspect of fielding a good football team, and this class provides plenty of players who can do just that. With no end in sight, I will continue to introduce pass rushers, including some who were not even on my radar entering the season but have emerged.


2014 NFL Draft: Atlantic Coast Conference Sleepers to Watch

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Michael Campanaro could be a 2014 NFL draft sleeper as a small, shifty slot receiver. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Atlantic Coast Conference has consistently been one of the top conferences in producing NFL talent throughout the last decade.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins are receiving much of the focus heading into the 2013 college football season, but plenty of talent with 2014 NFL draft potential exists throughout the ACC.

31 players from the ACC were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, second only to the Southeastern Conference. The additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse this season add even more talent to the conference.

Let’s take a look at some lesser-hyped prospects in the ACC who should be names to watch leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest

It can be easy to overlook Michael Campanaro. Listed at a generous 5’11” and 190 pounds, Campanaro may not look like a top receiver, but he has been one of the most productive receivers in the ACC over the past two seasons.

He has caught 152 passes over the last two seasons, including an ACC-best 7.9 receptions per game last season.

Campanaro’s versatility is his greatest asset. He is used all over the field, but his best work comes from the slot, from where he finds holes in the middle of the field and creates mismatches against linebackers.

He uses his quickness and deceptive speed to create space. He has run a 4.41 40-yard dash time, according to Wake Forest’s athletics website.

Campanaro has a knack for finding holes in the defense, but he needs to refine his route running a bit more. He is also a natural pass catcher with some of the best hands of the 2013 draft class.

After the catch, Campanaro can make poor tackling teams pay. He came to Wake Forest as a running back, which his shifty running style shows. He can even come in motion and take handoffs on sweeps. He has 47 carries for 228 yards and two touchdowns in his college career.

With the exception of his route running, there are few weaknesses in Campanaro’s game. He does need to find the end zone more often and perhaps bulk up a bit, but for the most part, he’s a solid receiver who can contribute in the NFL right away.

With another solid season, Campanaro could possibly be a Day 2 draft selection.

Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh

With 16.5 sacks over the last two season, Aaron Donald has shown he is a fierce interior penetrator, but questions about his size keep him from being an elite prospect.

Listed at 6′ and 275 pounds, what position Donald will play and where he fits defensive schemes are huge question marks.

Despite his lack of size, he was able to use his quickness, strength and length to shed blockers and get into backfields. He led the Big East last season with 18.5 tackles for loss.

A smart player with a great motor, scouts and coaches will have a difficult time trying not to like Donald. As previously mentioned, size is the big question mark that will force him down draft boards.

Donald filed paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Committee last season, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, but returned for his senior season.

As long as he doesn’t regress, Donald is a mid-round pick who should fit in a defense as an interior pass rushing specialist. He has the skill set and production to be a steal in the draft.

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