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Quick Hits: 2014 East-West Shrine Game

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

San Jose State wide receiver Chandler Jones was one of the stars of Saturday’s Shrine Game. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Before the Senior Bowl begins in earnest with practices on Monday, the biggest contest on the pre-draft all-star game schedule thus far came Saturday with the East-West Shrine Game, televised on NFL Network from St. Petersburg, Fla.

The East won Saturday’s game, 23-13, but the final score was essentially meaningless. Instead, the game served as the culmination of a week-long opportunity for 2014 draft prospects to showcase their talents to NFL coaches, scouts and executives in hopes of being among this year’s 256 draft selections.

Which players made impressions, positive or negative, in Saturday’s game? While it’s hard to make any big takeaways from the game, as the practices actually hold more value in the all-star game evaluation process, there were a players who might have made scouts want to go back and take another look at their tape, for better or for worse.

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2014 East-West Shrine Game: Most Intriguing Prospects at Each Position

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal is one of the potential draft steals playing in Saturday’s Shrine Game. (Photo: Randy Sartin — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

College football all-star game season is here, a time for the nation’s top senior prospects to catch the eyes of NFL scouts in a variety of showcase games, including Saturday’s Shrine Game (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

There are a plethora of intriguing prospects participating in the game.

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2014 Sugar Bowl Prospect Preview: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

AJ McCarron’s illustrious college football career is set to come to an end in the Sugar Bowl. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The goal for Alabama (11-1) this season was to win their third consecutive National Championship, but a memorable loss to Auburn cost them that opportunity, leaving them to settle for facing Oklahoma (10-2) in the Sugar Bowl (Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Alabama has consistently produced NFL talent, and this year is no different. Two Alabama defenders, C.J. Mosley, and Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, will likely be among the first players drafted at their respective positions in May. Quarterback AJ McCarron will be playing his final game for Alabama, looking to prove to scouts he can be as successful a professional quarterback as he has been a college quarterback.

For Oklahoma, two long-time starters in center Gabe Ikard and cornerback Aaron Colvin bring their college careers to an end as they look to solidify their draft stock against Alabama.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Wide Receiver Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews is the star among the senior class of wide receivers. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The wide receiver position is generally dominated in the draft by underclassmen, but there are plenty intriguing senior wide receiver prospects in the 2014 NFL draft.

Jordan Matthews is the clear No. 1 player of the group, but there are plenty of other prospects who look like solid No. 2 receivers and potential slot guys.

As with all rankings, these are fluid, and wide receiver is a position where names will continue to emerge as the process goes on, especially once underclassmen begin to declare.

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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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