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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 7: Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley Face Off

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
This weekend's marquee matchup with UCLA will be an opportunity for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to show he's the top quarterback in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

This weekend’s marquee matchup with UCLA will be an opportunity for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to show he’s the top quarterback in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

This past weekend was the most exciting weekend of college football that I can remember in a long time. This week offers similar intrigue, featuring five games between teams who are both ranked in the top 25. Beyond that, there are several other matchups to keep an eye on with major conference implications.

From an NFL draft perspective, the attention should be on Oregon and UCLA, as two quarterbacks with high first-round aspirations will take center-stage. Before breaking them down, there were some great individual performances from last week to highlight.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
In the midst of another productive season, UCLA's Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

In the midst of another productive season, UCLA’s Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Eric Kendricks, who led the UCLA Bruins in tackles and the Pac-12 in tackles per game in 2012 and 2013, is the senior leader for a strong defense which has helped the team start 4-0. A honorable mention all-conference selection and UCLA’s co-captain in 2013, the 6’0″, 230-pound middle linebacker is off to a very strong start this year.

Kendricks was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after a season opener against Virginia in which he totaled 16 tackles, forced a fumble (returned for a touchdown by a teammate) and returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. In total, Kendricks has already accumulated 47 total tackles this season.

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2014 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Whose Tools Are Better Than Their Tape

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

While Anthony Barr’s physical tools stand out, his on-field play is not quite as outstanding. (Photo: Gary A. Vazquez — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

More times than not, good football players are also good athletes with prototypical physical traits, but being a great athlete and having great size does not necessarily mean one is a great football player. Every year, there are players whose draft stock is defined more by their measurables than what they have actually done on the football field. That is due in large part to NFL teams drafting players based on what they can become rather than who they are.

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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 3 (Defensive Line and Linebackers)

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Aaron Donald was the star among defensive linemen at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. (Photo: Pat Lovell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Monday’s on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine featured the draft’s best defensive line and linebacker prospects as the depth of the draft continued to prove itself in workouts. While no prospect was able to officially record a sub-4.5 second 40-yard dash, there was plenty of speed and athleticism on display alongside a few disappointments.

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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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