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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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Sammy Watkins: Scouting Report for Potential First-Round Buffalo Bills Target

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Sammy Watkins is the 2014 NFL Draft’s top wide receiver and would be an excellent fit in Buffalo. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have plenty of options in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. The easiest philosophy for the Bills to follow would be drafting the best player available. If Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is on the board at the No. 9 overall pick, the Bills would be hard-pressed to find a better player.

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Eric Ebron vs. Jace Amaro vs. Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Who is the 2014 NFL Draft’s Best Tight End?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Eric Ebron is the most explosive playmaker among tight ends in the 2014 draft class, but is the best all-around player at the position? (Photo: Liz Condo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

With the continued emergence of star tight ends like Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, and Jordan Cameron, NFL teams are seeing the value of having a playmaking tight end to round out their offensive schemes. Having a big-bodied, reliable pass-catching target at tight end is especially important to help teams with young quarterbacks, like the Buffalo Bills, in their development and long term success.

Fortunately for teams like the Bills who could be in the market for a tight end upgrade, this year’s draft class is full of opportunities to draft a tight end with star potential.

Though they might not agree on how to rank the three, most draft prognosticators agree that the top trio of tight end prospects in the 2014 draft class are North Carolina’s Eric Ebron (6’4’’, 245 lbs), Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro (6’5’’, 260 lbs) and Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6’6’’, 276 lbs).

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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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Candidates to Topple Teddy Bridgewater: Comparing Quarterbacks Tajh Boyd and David Fales

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

David Fales isn’t yet a household name, but he could challenge Teddy Bridgewater and Tajh Boyd to be the 2014 NFL Draft’s top quarterback. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Evan Sidery

Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater is the consensus top quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft class, but two names could vault themselves into the same discussion as Bridgewater with great seasons. Those two are Tajh Boyd of Clemson and David Fales of San Jose State. Both are contenders for the top spot with their own key qualities that make them successful.

We’ll take a look at Boyd on page 1, then look at Fales and compare the two on page 2.

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