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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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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Clemson vs. Florida State

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Tajh Boyd’s performance versus Florida State on Saturday will be an important game in determing his stock for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis
BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

After a tough matchup and nearly getting upset by Boston College, but ultimately winning 24-14, No. 3 Clemson will face No. 5 Florida State, who won their most recent game against Maryland on Oct. 5 by a 63-0 score, on a Saturday in a game likely to decide the winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division.

With both teams ranked in the top five of both major polls, a possible national title shot is at stake as well.

Both teams boast talented rosters filled with future NFL players, so scouts have their sights set on this game.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Oregon vs. Washington

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Potential top-five draft selection Marcus Mariota will face one of the toughest tests of his redshirt sophomore season Saturday vs. Washington. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino
BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

One of the biggest games of the season in the Pac-12 Conference will take place Saturday when the Oregon Ducks travel to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies in a 4 p.m. afternoon showcase. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks go into the game undefeated and trying to keep their national championship hopes going strong, while the Huskies will be trying to get a big win on the toughest part of their schedule, one week after losing a hard-fought game to Stanford by only three points.

As a result of both teams having a bevy of potential 2014 NFL draft prospects, this week’s game prospect preview is a double feature. Joe Marino is focusing solely on Oregon’s prospects this week, while he has been joined by fellow staff writer and Washington state resident Joseph Curtis, who is taking a closer look at the Huskies’ top prospects this week.

Oregon’s top five prospects are listed on page 1, while six from Washington can be found on page 2.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Wisconsin vs. Ohio State

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Linebacker Ryan Shazier is one of multiple potential first-round picks on Ohio State’s defense. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The first marquee matchup of the season in the Big Ten conference is scheduled for Saturday night,as No. 23-ranked Wisconsin travels to Columbus to take on No. 4 Ohio State. The Badgers are looking to snap the Buckeyes’ 16-game win streak, but Ohio State has defeated Wisconsin in five of the teams’ last 6 meetings.

The game will have big implications on who wins the Big Ten Leaders Division this season, but will also be a showcase for a number of potential early-round 2014 NFL draft selections.

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Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: Offensive Linemen to Watch in Week Four

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Set to make his season debut Saturday, Florida guard Jon Halapio could be a 2014 NFL draft target of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

After failing to replace free agent departure Andy Levitre at guard, Colin Brown has been the weak link on the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line through the first two weeks of the 2013 NFL season. Brown’s Pro Football Focus rating for the season is -16.1, which ranks him last among all guards in the NFL.

The Bills may be looking to the 2014 draft to replace Brown and fill the void on their offensive line. The following five offensive linemen who have notable matchups this week are among the players who the Bills could look to in the early rounds of the draft to help solidify the offensive line.

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