Posts Tagged ‘Prospect Profiles’

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Louisville S Hakeem Smith

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Louisville’s Hakeem Smith is keeping a positive attitude as he looks to be a potential selection in this year’s NFL draft. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Calvin Pryor is projected to be one of the first safeties selected and potentially a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, but he might not be the only Louisville safety to hear his name called this year.

While his counterpart made a name for himself through game-changing plays and explosive hits, Hakeem Smith was a more discreetly productive player. He doesn’t get the early-round projections that Pryor does, but the case could be made that Smith, a four-year starter, was the more reliable and consistent of Louisville’s two starting safeties.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Wisconsin RB James White

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Wisconsin’s James White is one of the top senior running back prospects in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

While the value of the running back position is on a rapid decline, it increases the likelihood that NFL teams can come away with productive running backs in the late rounds of the draft. One such running back is Wisconsin’s James White.

Despite splitting carries throughout his four-year career—and often being on the lower end of the share—White ran for 4,015 yards at Wisconsin, the fourth-most in school history. His 45 rushing touchdowns and 48 total touchdowns rank third among Badgers all-time.

White has had opportunities to shine, and he’s typically taken advantage of them. He played in 52 career games at Wisconsin, missing just one game in a four-year span. He followed up his collegiate career with a strong performance at this year’s Senior Bowl, which included being named the Most Outstanding Player of the North squad in this year’s game.

In an interview with Buffalo Bills Draft in March, White said he thinks he is “one of the best running backs in this draft.”

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Buffalo RB Branden Oliver

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Branden Oliver hasn’t gotten much attention leading up to this year’s draft, but the Buffalo product is determined to make it in the NFL. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

You probably already know about Khalil Mack, the star outside linebacker prospect who is set to become the University at Buffalo’s first-ever first-round pick. What you might not know is that his former college roommate could also be selected in this year’s draft.

Branden Oliver has been one of college football’s most productive running backs over the past few years, rushing for 3,751 yards and 33 touchdowns over his final three seasons for the Bulls.

Somehow, the hard-charging runner has been largely overlooked leading up to the draft.

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