Posts Tagged ‘Prospect Breakdowns’

What Sammy Watkins Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills added an explosive playmaker to their offense by trading up for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999. In a move to end that drought in 2014, first-year general manager Doug Whaley made an aggressive trade with the Cleveland Browns to move up from number nine overall to the fourth slot and select Clemson star wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

To complete the trade, the Bills parted with their 2015 first- and fourth-round selections. In what is widely considered to be an extremely deep draft, the Bills did not have to part with any of their 2014 draft picks to get Watkins.

After investing a first-round selection on quarterback EJ Manuel, this move was all about building an arsenal of weapons around Manuel that puts him in the best possible position to succeed.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Michael Sam

Monday, February 17th, 2014

After an outstanding senior season, Missouri’s Michael Sam projects as a Day 3 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Michael Sam became internationally known after publicly revealing his homosexuality Feb. 9, but NFL scouts and college football fans should have already been well aware of the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-American.

Sam’s revelation is brave and ground-breaking, as he attempts to make it in a league that has never had an active openly gay player.

He should be praised, for his courage could lead the way for other publicly homosexual athletes to receive professional opportunities, and congratulated, for being comfortable with who he is despite the uncertainty and discrimination he likely has faced and will continue to face.

His sexuality, however, says nothing about his ability to play football, which is what ultimately puts him in position to break an NFL barrier.

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A Rising Star in Buffalo: 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Khalil Mack

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Buffalo senior outside linebacker Khalil Mack gave Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller trouble in the Buckeyes’ season opener. (Photo: Greg Bartram — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With a new hybrid defensive scheme under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, the Buffalo Bills made a strong effort to overhaul their roster of outside linebackers this offseason. Four free-agent additions new to the roster—Manny Lawson, Jerry Hughes, Marcus Dowtin and Jamaal Westerman—will see the majority of playing time when the Bills use odd defensive fronts.

Those four players won’t be the only outside linebackers generating buzz in Buffalo this year. In fact, the best outside linebacker in the metropolitan region might be playing for the Buffalo Bulls, a Division I college team, not the Bills.

Bulls senior Khalil Mack is quickly becoming one of the best outside linebackers in college football. A terrific athlete with the ability to line up all over the field, generate pressure off the edge and also drop back into coverage, Mack is one of the top 3-4 outside linebacker prospects in college football.

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