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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia
Posts from January 2014

2014 Offensive Guard Rankings
The guard play for the Buffalo Bills in 2013 was, in a word, dreadful.

Right guard Kraig Urbik regressed in a new blocking scheme, left guard Colin Brown was the worst offensive linemen in the league by many metrics before being replaced and then his replacement Doug Legursky wasn't much better.

So what will the Bills do in the off-season to address the position? Head coach Doug Marrone has already publicly stated that they think three younger players (J.J. 'Unga, Mark Asper and Antoine McClain) show signs of starting potential at guard. Might they also bring in another young player through the draft the help the position as well?

If they do, they'll have options later on in the draft.

Here are my initial rankings of offensive guards available in this year's class:
(Keep in mind that these are overall rankings, not who the Bills may be looking for and targeting.)
  1. David Yankey, Stanford
  2. Trai Turner, LSU
  3. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
  4. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
  5. Chris Watt, Notre Dame
  6. Dakota Dozier, Furman
  7. Brandon Thomas, Clemson
  8. Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt
  9. Cyril Richardson, Baylor
  10. John Urschel, Penn State
  11. Anthony Steen, Alabama
  12. Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State
  13. Jon Halapio, Florida
  14. Brandon Linder, Miami (FL)
  15. Spencer Long, Nebraska
  16. Ryan Groy, Wisconsin
  17. Austin Wentwort, Fresno State
  18. Zach Fulton, Tennessee
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2014 Offensive Tackle Rankings
Another week and another set of rankings.

The Buffalo Bills weren't as productive along the offensive line as they had been in the two years prior to 2013. At offensive tackle specifically, the Bills needed much more out of their right tackle position than what they got.

Heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, a right tackle could be brought in at some point to pair with Cordy Glenn heading into the upcoming season.

While the tackle group is pretty straight forward, there are some later round players available that have some potential in the NFL.

Here are my initial rankings of offensive tackles available in this year's class:
(Keep in mind that these are overall rankings, not who the Bills may be looking for and targeting.)
  1. ​Greg Robinson, Auburn
  2. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
  3. Zack Martin, Notre Dame
  4. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
  5. Taylor Lewan, Michigan
  6. Morgan Moses, Virginia
  7. Billy Turner, North Dakota State
  8. Seantrel Henderson, Miami (FL)
  9. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
  10. Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
  11. Joel Bitonio, Nevada
  12. Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State
  13. Michael Schofield, Michigan
  14. James Hurst, North Carolina
  15. Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee
  16. Cameron Fleming, Stanford
  17. Justin Britt, Missouri
  18. Charles Leno, Boise State
  19. Kenarious Gates, Georgia
  20. Kevin Graf, USC
More thorough breakdowns of the rankings and players will be coming throughout the weeks and months leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Joe B. talking WRs and Bills on Channel 2
The Buffalo Bills and 29 other teams are starting to gear up for the 2014 NFL Draft with the college football All-Star games already going. Fresh off the release of the wide receiver rankings at, Channel 2 (WGRZ) invited WGR on to talk about some prospects.

Here is the full 15-minute web segment with Joe Buscaglia and Jonah Javad (be sure to follow Jonah on Twitter), breaking down some of the bigger receivers the Bills may target in the 2014 NFL Draft. It's the first of many video breakdowns in store over the next few months.

Click play below for the first edition!

(And yes, that freeze frame is hilarious.)

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2014 Wide Receiver Rankings
It's officially draft season for fans of the Buffalo Bills, and to kick things off is a look at one of the positions the team could add to in an effort to try and help their young quarterback.

How is the talent in this year's wide receiver group?

In a word, phenomenal. Stacked, even.

Here are my initial rankings of wide receivers available in this year's class:
(Keep in mind that these are overall rankings, not who the Bills may be looking for and targeting.)
  1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson
  2. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
  3. Mike Evans, Texas A&M
  4. Marqise Lee, USC
  5. Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
  6. Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU
  7. Allen Robinson, Penn State
  8. Jarvis Landry, LSU
  9. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
  10. Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
  11. Paul Richardson, Colorado
  12. Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
  13. Davante Adams, Fresno State
  14. Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
  15. Robert Herron, Wyoming
  16. Tevin Reese, Baylor
  17. Martavis Bryant, Clemson
  18. Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma
  19. Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
  20. Devin Street, Pittsburgh
  21. Mike Davis, Texas
  22. Cody Latimer, Indiana
  23. Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
  24. Ryan Grant, Tulane
  25. Cody Hoffman, BYU
  26. Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
  27. Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina
  28. T.J. Jones, Notre Dame
  29. Josh Huff, Oregon
  30. Shaq Evans, UCLA
  31. Kain Colter, Northwestern
  32. Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley
  33. L'Damian Washington, Missouri
  34. Kenny Shaw, Florida State
  35. Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia
  36. Eric Ward, Texas Tech
  37. Kevin Norwood, Alabama
More thorough breakdowns of the rankings and players will be coming throughout the weeks and months leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

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98 underclassmen declare for 2014 NFL Draft

When in doubt, test it out.

That seems to be the operating procedure for underclassmen in college football in recent years, and now the number of players declaring for the NFL Draft that still have years of eligibility remaining has reached a new height.

A record 98 student-athletes have made themselves eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft. Here they are broken down by position:

Blake Borles, Central Florida
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Brett Smith, Wyoming

Running Back
George Atkinson, Notre Dame
Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State
Brendan Bigelow, Cal
Alfred Blue, LSU
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State
Devonta Freeman, Florida State
Jeremy Hill, LSU
Storm Johnson, Central Florida
Henry Josey, Missouri
Tre Mason, Auburn
Adam Muema, San Diego State
Darrin Reaves, UAB
Bishop Sankey, Washington
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Jerome Smith, Syracuse
John Spooney, Brown
De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Terrance West, Towson
James Wilder, Jr., Florida State

Wide Receiver
Davante Adams, Fresno State
Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt
Martavis Bryant, Clemson
Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Austin Franklin, New Mexico State
Jarvis Landry, LSU
Cody Latimer, Indiana
Marqise Lee, USC
Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
Paul Richardson, Colorado
Allen Robinson, Penn State
Willie Snead, Ball State
Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Tight End
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Xavier Grimble, USC
Nic Jacobs, McNeese State
A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
Colt Lyerla, Oregon
Jake Murphy, Utah
Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
Richard Rodgers, Cal
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Washington

Offensive Tackle
Cameron Fleming, Stanford
Terrance Hackney, Bethune-Cookman
Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
Greg Robinson, Auburn

Offensive Guard
Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
Trai Turner, LSU
David Yankey, Stanford

Russel Bodine, North Carolina
Marcus Martin, USC

Defensive End
Carl Bradford, Arizona State
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Scott Crichton, Oregon State
Kony Ealy, Missouri
Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
Aaron Lynch, South Florida
Chris McCain, Cal
George Uko, USC

Defensive Tackle
Dominique Easley, Florida
Ego Ferguson, LSU
Carlos Gray, NC State
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
Anthony Johnson, LSU
Louis Nix III, Notre Dame
Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama
Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina

Khairi Fortt, Cal
Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
Ronald Powell, Florida
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut

Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
Vic Hampton, South Carolina
Kameron Jackson, Cal
Albert Louis-Jean, Boston College
Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
Marcus Roberson, Florida
Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman
Dion Bailey, USC
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky
Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Ed Reynolds, Stanford
Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama
Pierre Warren, Jacksonville State

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