Posts Tagged ‘Pass-Rushers’

2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE/OLB, UCLA

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Owamagbe Odighizuwa is one of the 2015 NFL Draft's best at putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro — USA Today Sports)

Owamagbe Odighizuwa is one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s best at putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

He might be best known for his name, but Owamabge Odighizuwa should be recognized for his talent on the field and future in the NFL. An athletic freak out of UCLA, “Diggy” wreaked havoc against offenses this year and put himself in the conversation to be one of the top pass-rushers selected in the 2015 NFL draft.

Odighizuwa recorded six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in his senior season, and put on an impressive showing at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. He ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash with a 1.61-second 10-yard split, an impressive time given his 6’3″ height and 267-pound frame.

Odighizuwa played both defensive end and outside linebacker in UCLA’s base 3-4 defense.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Louisville DE/OLB Lorenzo Mauldin

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

You’ll hear from multiple analysts that the 2015 NFL draft is the year of the pass-rusher, with players projected from the top of the first round to the middle rounds that have the pass-rush skills team might be looking for. While a quarterback is the most important position in the sport of football, pass-rushers are what disrupt them and are a valuable commodity.

Lorenzo Maudlin, a pass-rusher from the University of Louisville, has put on a great showing during his collegiate career and is among that great group of pass-rushers going into the 2015 draft. Playing as an outside linebacker in Louisville’s 3-4 scheme, Mauldin has good measurables for the position, standing at 6’4″ and weighing 252 pounds according to Louisville’s official athletics website. At Louisville he’s totaled 101 tackles, 18.5 which have been for a loss, and 21 sacks.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

While there were a record number of underclassmen that declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, Vic Beasley was not one of them. Projected as a first-round pick by many, Beasley decided to return for his senior year at Clemson and possibly improve his draft stock even more.

After totaling 13 sacks as a junior, Beasley already has eight this year. Playing mostly as a 4-3 defensive end in Clemson’s defense, Beasley also has played a significant amount of time from a stand up position as an outside linebacker. He has an elite skill-set that allows him to rush the passer from a multitude of positions and alignments.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Defensive Ends

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney is the star of this year’s defensive end draft class. (Photo: Jeff Blake — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Perhaps it’s the draftnik in me since I’ve said this about every position, but there is intriguing talent throughout this year’s draft class of defensive ends. In a league where pass-rush and stout defensive line play is at a premium, the defensive end position is among the most important to have a great rotation at.

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Buffalo Bills Move on from Overpaid Mark Anderson After One Underwhelming Season

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

After an underwhelming, injury-riddled season in 2012, the Buffalo Bills released Mark Anderson prior to their 2013 training camp. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

There was reason to be skeptical when the Buffalo Bills signed pass-rusher Mark Anderson to a four-year, $19.5 million contract last offseason. The skeptics proved correct Tuesday, when the Bills released Anderson after only one season with the team.

Anderson is a gifted pass-rusher who had 12 sacks in his rookie season with the Chicago Bears, and was a coming off of an impressive 10-sack season with the New England Patriots when the Bills signed him last season.

The reason for skepticism, however, was that those seasons came five years apart. In four seasons between them, Anderson had only 11 combined sacks. Additionally, Anderson has never looked like more than a situational pass-rusher, but was paid like a starter even though he is a liability in run defense.

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