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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
After a breakout senior season, TCU's Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

After a breakout senior season, TCU’s Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The connotation of the word “linebacker” has changed within the past few years. As more and more teams are using linebackers as pass-rushers and putting them on the line of scrimmage with their hand in the dirt, it has created a need for distinction between edge linebackers and off-the-ball linebackers.

TCU’s Paul Dawson fits the latter category as a traditional, stand-up linebacker. He has the potential to be one of the first off-ball linebackers selected in the 2015 NFL draft.

Listed at 6’2″ and 230 pounds by TCU’s official athletics website, Dawson is a former high school wide receiver and junior college transfer who has made a significant impact on TCU’s defense. He was the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 100 tackles, five sacks, and four interceptions in 2014.


Joe Marino’s Senior Cornerback Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert has climbed to the top of the senior cornerback rankings. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Cornerback is emerging as one of the most important positions in football. With more and more NFL offenses putting four- and five-receiver sets on the field, it is imperative to have depth at the cornerback position.

I put more emphasis than many people do on cornerbacks’ run-stopping ability considering the need for defensive backs to be able to stop the run when playing against the spread. Physicality was also a trait that I looked for in my evaluations. It is important to be able to disrupt routes and timing of the offense with a good physical presence in press coverage.


2014 NFL Draft: Big 12 Conference Sleepers to Watch

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Oklahoma’s Trey Millard looks like the best and most versatile fullback in the 2014 NFL draft class. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Big 12 Conference has been a big producer of elite talent for years. The conference has had at least one player selected in the top five picks every year since 2009, and have accounted for 36 percent of top-five selections (9 of 25) in that five-year span.

The Big 12 has also produced draft depth in addition to elite talent. 22 Big 12 players were selected in the 2013 NFL draft, which tied for fourth with the Big Ten Conference.

Let’s take a look at some of the sleeper prospects of the Big 12 who could help make up that depth in the 2014 NFL draft.


Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: TCU CB Jason Verrett

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett looks like a good fit as a potential first-round pick for the Buffalo Bills next season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The 2014 NFL Draft is nearly a year away and the 2013 season is yet to begin, but we at BBD are pushing forward and continuing to give in-depth analysis of several players to look for as the offseason progresses.

One player who should be on every Buffalo Bills fan’s radar is TCU CB Jason Verrett. Verrett could possibly be the top-rated cornerback to enter the 2014 NFL draft and fans should make an effort to watch him play. As many Bills fans are aware, Buffalo did not draft a cornerback in the 2013 draft and Verrett may be on Buffalo’s early short list.

The cornerback position could potentially be very high on Buffalo’s draft needs. Verrett represents a first-round selection who would nicely compliment Stephon Gilmore and give Buffalo two young, productive cornerbacks.

Let’s take a closer look at potential Buffalo Bills first-round pick Jason Verrett.


Prospect Preview: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

RB Le’Veon Bell has been a beast for the Spartans all year long (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Writer Tony Wiltshire

There won’t be many senior NFL prospects on the field when the Michigan State Spartans play the TCU Horned Frogs in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. There will, however, be several underclassmen on both sides of the ball that possess solid NFL futures. It should be a physical game featuring balanced teams. (more…)

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