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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Centers

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

As the top center in this year’s draft class, USC’s Marcus Martin could be a first-round pick. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The importance of having a solid center is trending up in the NFL. The 2014 NFL draft class has a few centers that can come in and start but like most center classes, it lacks overall depth. There are a number of quality, experienced prospects in this year’s draft that have moldable traits for teams looking to add a center.

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Super Size Me: Big, Strong Guards in the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Buffalo Bills should be in the market for a guard on Day 2 of the draft, and UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo would be among their best options. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills let left guard Andy Levitre go and failed to amply replace him. Doug Legursky and Colin Brown proved to be below average starters, and the offensive line, especially the interior, got pushed into the backfield enough to neutralize most of running back C.J. Spiller’s game-breaking ability.

Also needing to take pressure off of EJ Manuel, finding solid pieces to fill out the offensive line is of utmost importance to the Bills this offseason.

Some people have suggested drafting an offensive tackle like Auburn’s Greg Robinson or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and shifting Cordy Glenn to right tackle or left guard, but most specifically, the Bills need to find someone who can fill the need at left guard. Based on Doug Marrone’s style of offense, the Bills are likely to look for a versatile offensive lineman who can block with power, but also has the athleticism to pull and get to the second level to help free running back C.J. Spiller.

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Scouting Notes: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (9/28/13)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans’ rapid ascension as a draft prospect continued with a strong performance versus Arkansas. (Photo: Nelson Chenault — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

Texas A&M faced Arkansas in a tough Southeastern Conference matchup on Sept. 28 that turned into a high-scoring affair.

Led by the redshirt sophomore connection of quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans in the passing game, Texas A&M came out victorious 45-33. While Manziel and Evans garnered most of the attention with a solid game, there were many players in the matchup with potential to play on Sundays.

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