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2015 East-West Shrine Game Notes: Day 2 West Practice

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Kansas State center B.J. Finney (No. 72) was among the standouts of Tuesday's Shrine Game practice for the West team. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Kansas State center B.J. Finney (No. 72) was among the standouts of Tuesday’s Shrine Game practice for the West team. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The 2015 East-West Shrine Game’s week of practices is halfway complete. The West team took the field for its second practice session of the week Tuesday afternoon, at St. Petersburg High School, where some of Monday’s standouts impressed again but other players also took the spotlight, many positive but some negative.

The West team had better conditions to deal with Tuesday—at least in regards to the weather. While the sunny, warm skies were a big improvement over the pouring rain that hit the beginning of Monday afternoon’s session, players continued to have issues with slipping because of a worn-down grass field.

Of course, any player who wants to make it in the NFL will have to be able to deal with less-than-ideal conditions at the next level as well, so players are still expected to be on top of their games despite the conditions. Many of them were, including Kansas State center B.J. Finney, on Tuesday.

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Small-School Sleeper Prospects to Watch in 2014 NFL Draft

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Sam Houston State running back Tim Flanders may not be the next Barry Sanders, but he has drawn a comparison to the NFL legend. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

While Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools account for most selections and nearly all the top picks in each year’s NFL draft, small schools should not be overlooked.

Non-FBS schools have averaged 24.6 selections during the past five drafts, with nearly 70 percent of those selections coming from from the Football Championship Subdivision (previously known as Division I-AA).

While non-FBS schools have not had a first-round pick since the Arizona Cardinals selected Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with the No. 16 overall pick in 2008, there has been at least one small-school prospect has been selected in the second round of the draft each year since 2005.

Almost all small-school prospects face the scrutiny of the level of competition that they played against, but every year small school athletes emerge and contribute in the NFL.

In this article, we’ll explore some small school prospects to watch leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Father’s Day: 2014 NFL Draft Prospects Following in Footsteps of NFL Dads

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Jake Matthews is well on his way to becoming the seventh member of the Matthews family to play in the NFL. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

Football is often passed down from father to son. The game can be a father-son bonding ritual, from watching games on Saturdays and Sundays to going out on the field and playing the game.

Football fans recall football families with numerous father-son duos such as the Mannings and the Matthews family. Through week five of the 2012 season, 197 sets of father-sons had played professional football, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Last season, the Bills featured two sons of former NFL players, Jairus Byrd and Lee Smith.

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