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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Defensive Ends

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney is the star of this year’s defensive end draft class. (Photo: Jeff Blake — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Perhaps it’s the draftnik in me since I’ve said this about every position, but there is intriguing talent throughout this year’s draft class of defensive ends. In a league where pass-rush and stout defensive line play is at a premium, the defensive end position is among the most important to have a great rotation at.


2014 Senior Bowl: Day 2 Notes and Quotes

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Both teams held their second practices of the 2014 Senior Bowl, and their first in full pads, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The week of practices at the 2014 Senior Bowl is halfway over, following the first of two days of fully-padded practices on Tuesday. The North took the field in the morning at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., while the South practiced there in the afternoon.

Windy conditions in Mobile on Tuesday provided an extra challenge for the quarterbacks throwing the ball, but altogether, both teams’ quarterbacks looked better than they did on Monday.


2014 NFL Draft: Linebacker Options to Fix Buffalo’s Run Defense

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

If the Buffalo Bills choose to improve their linebacker corps with the No. 9 overall pick, UCLA’s Anthony Barr is one possible option. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills improved in many ways under a new coaching staff in 2013, but stopping the run continued to be a problem. The Bills ranked 28th in the NFL in run defense, allowing 129 yards per game, 4.4 yards per carry and 19 runs of longer than 20 yards.

Middle linebacker Kiko Alonso had a tremendous rookie year, totaling 159 tackles and two sacks, but he showed far more value in coverage, sometimes being swallowed up by blockers in run defense. If the Bills are going to get better against the run as a team, they need to spend the offseason adding more stout talent around Alonso in the linebacker corps.

With that in mind, the Bills should have their eyes on some of the following linebackers in the upcoming draft who excel against the run. Most of these players have experience in versatile defenses or possess skill sets that would lend themselves to defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s hybrid system.


Joe Marino’s Senior Defensive End Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Stanford’s Trent Murphy stands out as the top defensive end of the senior class. (Photo: Jason O. Watson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The 2014 senior crop of defensive ends is full of hybrid type players who may project to play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. I based these rankings off of the positions these players primarily play in college, so all of the players ranked currently play defensive end.

The class doesn’t have any sure-fire top ten players but there are plenty of players with starter upside.


BBD Week in Review: 6/3-6/9

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Kyle Van Noy, who would be an outstanding fit for the Buffalo Bills’ defense, was one of many 2014 NFL draft prospects broken down by the BBD staff this week. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The past week was another busy one here at Buffalo Bills Draft, highlighted by another week of 2014 NFL draft prospect breakdowns as BBD continues to preview many of the draft class’ top prospects in advance of the 2013 college football and NFL seasons.

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdowns

Looking Back

Bills News

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  • Cian Fahey of Pre Snap Reads broke down every play of Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore’s rookie season, and concluded he had one of the NFL’s best success rate among cornerbacks last season.

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