Posts Tagged ‘Prospects to Watch’

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: LSU OT La’el Collins

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
La'el Collins projects as one of the 2015 NFL draft's top offensive line prospects. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

La’el Collins projects as one of the 2015 NFL draft’s top offensive line prospects. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

At the beginning of the 2014 college football season, there were three offensive tackles that found themselves at the top of many early draft rankings. However, all three have dealt with their own issues and their draft stocks have fallen.

Cedric Ogbuehi, who is following in the footsteps of recent top-six overall draft picks Texas A&M tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews (who have struggled so far in the NFL) has struggled in pass protection. Iowa’s Brandon Scherff has a history of injuries. Stanford junior Andrus Peat has shown that he may be a developmental project and a product of his system than an NFL-ready tackle. These players’ lackluster 2014 seasons could lead to another offensive tackle, LSU’s La’el Collins, shooting up draft boards.

A senior at LSU, Collins has experience playing both guard and tackle in college. According to LSU’s official athletic website, Collins measures in at 6’5″ and weighs 321 pounds. He originally started off at guard until his junior season, when he slid over to left tackle, where he has played the last two years.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 11: Eli Harold, Nate Orchard Among Nation’s Emerging Pass-Rushers

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Virginia's Eli Harold has emerged as one of the top pass-rushers in college football. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

Virginia’s Eli Harold has emerged as one of the top pass-rushers in college football. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Six pivotal matchups featuring ranked opponents top the slate of college football games for Week 11.

While many of the nation’s top prospects have established their stock as high draft picks, a handful of others have emerged from obscurity, including Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, TCU cornerback Kevin White and Utah defensive end Nate Orchard.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: West Virginia WR Kevin White

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Kevin White is making a run at being the 2015 NFL draft's top wide receiver. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

Kevin White is making a run at being the 2015 NFL draft’s top wide receiver. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Each year there are a few prospects that have little to no draft expectations about them but skyrocket their stock during the season. Last year, we saw Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles go from no-name to No. 3 overall pick and current starter of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This year, it’s wide receiver Kevin White from West Virginia.

A junior college transfer from Lackawanna College, White had a quiet first season at West Virginia in 2013, totaling only 35 receptions for 507 yards and five touchdowns. He had little to no talk about him as a prospect.

This year, White has been flying onto big boards. He has 72 receptions, the second-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision, for 1,047 yards, the third-most in the FBS. He’s accounted for a third of his team’s touches through the air and about 38 percent of their receiving yards.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 10: Is Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston Worth the Risk?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
While Jameis Winston's off-field concerns are troubling, his on-field skill should make him a high pick in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

While Jameis Winston’s off-field concerns are troubling, his on-field skill should make him a high pick in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Including this week, there are only five weeks remaining in the season that feature a full slate of games. The conference standings are shaping up and there is no margin for error for the many one-loss teams with aspirations of making the College Football Playoff. Meanwhile, the opportunities for 2015 NFL draft prospects to make a name for themselves are dwindling down.

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