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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Tight Ends

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Eric Ebron is the most valuable tight end prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Liz Condo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With talent at the top of the class and a lack of overall depth, this is not the year to wait for a tight end if you are a team in the market. Securing a reliable receiving threat at the tight end position is a vital move for teams with a young quarterback, and this class offers some intriguing options.

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Seven Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ Pre-Draft Visits

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills used almost a quarter of their pre-draft visits to interview potential early-round receiving targets like Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Since the beginning of April, the Buffalo Bills have hosted 29 potential selections in this year’s NFL draft on official visits with the team. It appears as though the team is not using its 30th allotted visit, as Sunday was the NFL’s deadline for pre-draft visitors.

As the team had a finite limit of how many players it could bring to One Bills Drive, the visits list gives a telling indication of what the Bills could be looking for in this year’s draft.

It gives us a better indication of which positions the Bills are looking to draft than it does which players they will actually select. While Buffalo only drafted two of its pre-draft visitors last year—Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and Clemson safety Jonathan Meeks—its six picks in the first five rounds all came from positions at which the team hosted at least five prospects (quarterbacks, wide receiver, linebacker, safety).

With that in mind, we can get a good idea of what positions Buffalo is looking to upgrade in this year’s draft, what type of players they are looking for at those positions, and more.

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2014 Buffalo Bills Pre-Draft Visit Tracker

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills looked at a potential upgrade for their offensive line Friday when they visited with Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As the Buffalo Bills prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft, they are allowed to bring up to 30 players to One Bills Drive for on-site pre-draft visits. Though it’s dangerous to read too much into those visits for projections, they can be a good indicator into not only what prospects the Bills want to get to know better, but also what schools, positions or types of players the team might be keeping a close eye on.

The Bills hosted one player, Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, for a pre-draft visit Friday. Kouandjio, who could be among the team’s strongest second-round options if he is available at the No. 41 overall pick, is the 29th player to visit the Bills, leaving them with just one official visit. During the team’s pre-draft luncheon Friday, general manager Doug Whaley said the team “probably won’t have anybody else” in for a visit, as the league’s deadline to host official visits is Sunday.

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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 1 (Offensive Line, Tight Ends)

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson was among the Day 1 standouts of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine got underway Saturday morning in Indianapolis with workouts by the offensive linemen and tight ends.

The overall athleticism of offensive linemen has seemingly increased each year, and the 2014 class continued that trend with its impressive showing today.

The tight ends were underwhelming as a whole, with a mix of positive and negative notes to surround each player as none of them were able to put together a complete day.

Following my observations, you can also find a few additional notes from BBD editor Dan Hope, along with a link to full combine results.

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2014 NFL Draft: Sleepers to Watch in Mountain West Conference, Independent FBS Programs

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Davante Adams has only played one season of college football, but the redshirt sophomore wide receiver is already making a name for himself at Fresno State. (Photo: Cary Edmonson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Mountain West Conference has been a consistent producer of NFL talent the past few drafts. An average of 11.2 players have been selected from the conference during the last five drafts, including three first-round picks (Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin and running back Doug Martin in 2012, TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes in 2010).

Independent teams haven’t produced the amount of picks that the MWC has, but thanks to Notre Dame, they have had more top talent. There have been an average of 3.6 players selected from independent FBS programs during the last five drafts, including four first-round picks (BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in 2013, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd and safety Harrison Smith in 2012).

Notre Dame defensive linemen Louis Nix III and Stephen Tuitt and Brigham Young’s linebacker Kyle Van Noy give the independent teams a number of potential first-round picks again in the 2014 NFL draft. The MWC boasts quarterback prospects David Fales (San Jose State) and Derek Carr (Fresno State) and an intriguing, athletic defensive lineman in Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence.

In this article, we’ll explore some other players to keep an eye out for amongst the Independent and Mountain West teams.

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