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Joe Marino’s Senior Defensive End Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Stanford’s Trent Murphy stands out as the top defensive end of the senior class. (Photo: Jason O. Watson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The 2014 senior crop of defensive ends is full of hybrid type players who may project to play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. I based these rankings off of the positions these players primarily play in college, so all of the players ranked currently play defensive end.

The class doesn’t have any sure-fire top ten players but there are plenty of players with starter upside.


2014 NFL Draft: Big Ten Conference Sleepers to Watch

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough may be overshadowed by the other top linebackers in the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Big Ten Conference had an uncharacteristically low amount of players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. In 2013, only 22 Big Ten players were selected, although their average for the previous five drafts was 32.

As the penultimate pick of the first round, Travis Frederick was the only Big Ten selection of the first round. Had two more selections passed without a Big Ten pick, it would have been the first time the Big Ten didn’t have a first-round selection since 1953.

The outlook for the 2014 draft, however, looks better. Led by Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, it won’t be long before a Big Ten player hears their name called next May.

Lewan and Roby are potential top-10 draft picks, but there are many more Big Ten prospects to watch as well. Let’s take a look at some of the conference’s sleeper prospects.


Prospect Preview: Taxslayer Gator Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Look for Johnthan Banks to try and be a difference maker in this one (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Editor Anthony D. Macari

In a match-up of two high powered offenses, the best player on the field to scout will be on the other side of the ball. Mississippi State Corner Jonathan Banks will try to contain dual threat Junior Northwestern QB Kain Colter and the Wildcat attack. The Wildcats will try to control the line of scrimmage and win the game with their rushing attack. The Bulldogs had visions of playing in a BCS Bowl after a red hot start, but after falling to National Champion Contender Alabama, they stumbled down the stretch. Look for the Bulldogs to get back to their early season level of play with eyes on bigger and better things next year.

OG Brian Mulroe #72 6’-4” 295
The strength of the Wildcat offensive attack is the big men up front. Mulroe is the anchor of a line that rushed for over 230 yards per game and only allowed an average of 1.3 sacks per game. Northwestern will try to control the game at the line of scrimmage and the war in the trenches will be the best place to watch. Mulroe is a late round prospect but could go sooner to a zone blocking team.

QB/ATH Kain Colter #2 6’-0” 190*
OT Patrick Ward #70 6′-7″ 310
DE Quentin Williams #88 6′-4″ 255
DE Tyler Scott #97 6′-4″ 265*
OLB David Nwabuisi #33 6’-1” 240

Mississippi State
CB #13 Johnthan Banks 6’-1” 185
Banks has a chance to be the top DB taken in April and will get a chance to show off his wares to NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl. Banks is a 3 year starter in the tough SEC and was awarded the Jim Thorpe award as the nation’s top defensive back. Banks by far will be the top rated prospect on the field and will face a team that likes to spread the ball around. While Banks may not be a burner, he is a polished and experienced defender who is not afraid to support against the run. Banks projects to either a cover 2 CB or Free Safety at the next level, though despite lack of straight line burner speed, could still stick at CB.

QB #17 Tyler Russell 6’-4” 220*
Russell is one to watch with an eye on the 2014 draft. He has a strong arm, good mobility and prototypical size. With another solid year playing in the tough SEC could find himself rising up draft boards in the future.

WR #1 Chad Bumphis 5’-11” 200
Russell’s go to receiver is Bumphis. He has some burner speed and is a load to take down once the ball is in his hands.

RB #27 LaDarius Perkins 5′-10″ 190 lbs*
OG #61 Gabe Jackson 6′-4″ 320 lbs*
DT #97 Josh Boyd 6′-3″ 300 lbs
OLB #10 Cameron Lawrence 6′-2″ 230 lbs
CB #9 Darius Slay 6′-1″ 190 lbs
CB #25 Corey Broomfield 5′-10″ 180 lbs
SAF #5 Nickoe Whitley 6′-0″ 205 lbs*

Prediction: Mississippi State 35 Northwestern 13

Film Room Session: Michigan State v. Northwestern (2010)

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Kirk Cousins Is BBD's #2 QB, But Was He Impressive v. Northwestern

The film room sessions are going to be BBD’s way of giving you the reader instant access into how our scouting process works. As we watch games, we will be live on Twitter tweeting about some things, and then we will post the notes in a formal write-up here on the site. Each week we hope to breakdown between 3-5 games for writeups, and we will try and choose the most compelling match-ups or even ask for you the readers to tell us what games/prospects you want to see us scout.

In this game we wanted really to get a closer look at the two QB’s in Kirk Cousin and Dan Persa. We got to see enough tell us that both of these QB’s still have some question marks to answer heading into their senior years. (more…)

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