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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 1 (Offensive Line, Tight Ends)

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson was among the Day 1 standouts of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine got underway Saturday morning in Indianapolis with workouts by the offensive linemen and tight ends.

The overall athleticism of offensive linemen has seemingly increased each year, and the 2014 class continued that trend with its impressive showing today.

The tight ends were underwhelming as a whole, with a mix of positive and negative notes to surround each player as none of them were able to put together a complete day.

Following my observations, you can also find a few additional notes from BBD editor Dan Hope, along with a link to full combine results.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Offensive Tackle Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Jake Matthews could follow in the footsteps of the three offensive tackles who were top 5 draft selections in 2013. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The 2013 NFL draft proved that offensive tackle is considered one of the league’s premier positions, as three offensive tackles were selected among the first four selections. The top offensive tackle in this year’s senior class, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, may be even better than last year’s offensive tackles.

The team who draft Matthews will likely not have to worry about their left tackle spot for a long time. Overall, the senior class of offensive tackles for the 2014 NFL draft has good depth, with many players who have starter upside.

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Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: Offensive Linemen to Watch in Week Four

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Set to make his season debut Saturday, Florida guard Jon Halapio could be a 2014 NFL draft target of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

After failing to replace free agent departure Andy Levitre at guard, Colin Brown has been the weak link on the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line through the first two weeks of the 2013 NFL season. Brown’s Pro Football Focus rating for the season is -16.1, which ranks him last among all guards in the NFL.

The Bills may be looking to the 2014 draft to replace Brown and fill the void on their offensive line. The following five offensive linemen who have notable matchups this week are among the players who the Bills could look to in the early rounds of the draft to help solidify the offensive line.

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Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: Notre Dame OL Zack Martin

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Zack Martin is a candidate to move inside to guard at the next level, and could be a second-round target of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

When the Buffalo Bills opted not to select a single offensive lineman in the seven-round NFL draft last April, it signaled to many that the Bills may be content with their current offensive line situation despite the loss of guards Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart.

Since the draft, however, the Bills have signed free-agent Doug Legursky from the Pittsburgh Steelers to compete for the starting left guard job, a position where the Bills have an open competition for the starting job. With the offensive line in a state of transition, I feel that the Bills are poised to select an offensive lineman as early as Day 2 of the 2014 NFL draft.

One 2014 draft prospect to keep an eye on this upcoming season is Notre Dame’s offensive tackle Zack Martin. Martin plays left tackle at Notre Dame, but projects better as a guard in the NFL. He has several qualities that make him an ideal fit for Buffalo.

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