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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Michael Bennett has versatility that gives him the potential to excel in any defensive scheme. (Photo: Greg Bartram — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Very few NFL teams feature a strictly 3-4 or 4-3 base defense, as most employ a multi-front scheme where players are able to line up in different spots and show the offense a variety of looks.

Having players with the versatility to function in multiple spots, and in a variety of roles, is extremely valuable in being able to move players around and show different looks on defense. That versatility is what an NFL defense could get from Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Bennett.

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Seven Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ Pre-Draft Visits

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills used almost a quarter of their pre-draft visits to interview potential early-round receiving targets like Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Since the beginning of April, the Buffalo Bills have hosted 29 potential selections in this year’s NFL draft on official visits with the team. It appears as though the team is not using its 30th allotted visit, as Sunday was the NFL’s deadline for pre-draft visitors.

As the team had a finite limit of how many players it could bring to One Bills Drive, the visits list gives a telling indication of what the Bills could be looking for in this year’s draft.

It gives us a better indication of which positions the Bills are looking to draft than it does which players they will actually select. While Buffalo only drafted two of its pre-draft visitors last year—Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and Clemson safety Jonathan Meeks—its six picks in the first five rounds all came from positions at which the team hosted at least five prospects (quarterbacks, wide receiver, linebacker, safety).

With that in mind, we can get a good idea of what positions Buffalo is looking to upgrade in this year’s draft, what type of players they are looking for at those positions, and more.

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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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Why Should An NFL Team Draft You? Ohio State Pro Day Edition

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Former Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton expects to continue being a leader for an NFL team. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Back at the Senior Bowl in January, I asked more than 20 NFL draft prospects why each of them thought they should be drafted by an NFL team.

I did the same at Friday’s Ohio State Pro Day, on which I wrote a full report yesterday. While I didn’t have a chance to ask the question to all 16 of OSU’s NFL hopefuls, the following are the answers I received to a simple-but-direct question: “Why should an NFL team draft you?”

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2014 Ohio State Pro Day: Notes and Quotes

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde was back on the field Friday at Ohio State’s pro day, where he did positional work only. (Photo: Greg Bartram — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

15 potential 2014 NFL draft picks from Ohio State, plus a 2013 undrafted free agent and at least one prospect from another school, participated in Friday morning’s 2014 OSU Pro Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The crowd included Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

In total, representatives from all 32 teams—approximately 80 NFL coaches, scouts and/or administrative personnel, according to an OSU press release—were on hand to watch a promising group of prospects, each of whom participated in Friday’s event to a varying degree.

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