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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Josue Matias, G, Florida State

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Nat Jordan

Florida State interior offensive lineman Josue Matias is expected to be one of the top guards selected in the 2015 NFL draft. He opted out of this year’s Senior Bowl, taking away the opportunity for scouts to comparing him in live action alongside many of the other top senior guard prospects in this year’s class, but he still has a chance to be a high draft pick.

Currently, there aren’t any players in the NFL who were born in the Dominican Republic. Matias, who came to the U.S. at six years old, stands to be the first. A force in New Jersey high school football and then for the Seminoles, Matias has the tools to continue to be successful at the next level.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Eric Rowe, CB, Utah

Monday, January 19th, 2015
A Senior Bowl participant, Utah's Eric Rowe could emerge as the top cornerback in the 2015 draft class. (Photo: Chris Nicoll — USA Today Sports)

A Senior Bowl participant, Utah’s Eric Rowe could emerge as the top cornerback in the 2015 draft class. (Photo: Chris Nicoll — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The class of cornerbacks for the 2015 NFL Draft is one, thus far, that is very undetermined. Many top players have faced injury or off-the-field concerns, and up to this point, there is no definitive No. 1 cornerback for this class. Now that the season has wrapped up for college football, events like the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine are where rankings can fluctuate, and prospects look to separate themselves from the other competition.

Eric Rowe, a lesser-known and seldom-discussed cornerback out of Utah, has a strong chance to not only be selected on day one of the 2015 NFL Draft but be the first secondary player off the board. A converted safety, Rowe will have a chance to show off his physical and instinctive skills at the Senior Bowl.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
The versatility Mississippi State's Preston Smith can bring to a defensive line makes him a potential early-round draft pick. (Photo: Spruce Derden)

The versatility Mississippi State’s Preston Smith can bring to a defensive line makes him a potential early-round draft pick. (Photo: Spruce Derden)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

For a time this season, the Mississippi State Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in the team’s history, which they achieved by playing and defeating some of the best teams in the SEC with a stout defense. One of the leaders on that defense was senior defensive lineman Preston Smith, who finished the year with 48 total tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions.

An interesting facet of Smith’s game is that he doesn’t have a definite position. In games this season he has lined up as a 0-, 1-, 3-, 5- and 7-technique along the defensive line. He has shown the ability to produce from anywhere on the field.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: David Cobb, RB, Minnesota

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
David Cobb has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top running backs after a strong senior season. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

David Cobb has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top running backs after a strong senior season. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Although it has to be seen whether a running back will be in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, in what could be the third year in a row without one, the running back position is among the deepest in the upcoming draft class. There are many ballcarriers who could be selected on Day 2 or early on Day 3 and have an immediate impact on the team that drafts them, and one of them is Minnesota’s David Cobb.

A senior and two-year starter at Minnesota, Cobb has accepted a Senior Bowl invite. According to the Gophers’ official athletics website, Cobb measures at 5’11″ and 220 pounds. His thick legs and overall stocky build fits the mold of him as a player, a north-south runner with power.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
The all-time FBS leader in receptions, Justin Hardy projects to the NFL as a slot receiver. (Photo: James Guillory — USA Today Sports)

The all-time FBS leader in receptions, Justin Hardy projects to the NFL as a slot receiver. (Photo: James Guillory — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

There was some controversy when East Carolina’s Justin Hardy, the Football Bowl Subdivision’s all-time leader in receptions, was left off of the semifinalist list for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award. He was the 2014 winner of the Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the nation’s top former walk-on.

Hardy surpassed former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles this year for the record in career receptions, and currently has 376 with one more game to go in his final season. Going into the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3, Hardy leads the nation in receptions per game (9.17), is sixth in receiving yards per game (111.2) and is 20th with nine receiving touchdowns.

The third-team Associated Press All-American has accepted a Senior Bowl invite, and will look to continue to elevate his draft stock.

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