This article is one of a 32-part series in which the goal is to identify one relatively unheralded player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft who appears to be an especially good schematic fit with his new NFL team.
The Pac-12 characterizes itself as the conference of champions and the 2015 NFL draft could certainly add to the league's reputation if four of its players wind up among the top seven picks as this very early first round mock draft projects.
Representatives from approximately two-thirds of the NFL visited Seattle Wednesday despite the Huskies' top two prospects largely sitting out the Pro Day. Star running back Bishop Sankey provided some early fireworks but the big show was put on by quarterback Keith Price and receiver Keith Smith.
The goal of every NFL franchise is to build through the draft. Savvy teams, however, use veteran free agency to fill obvious needs. What have the millions spent in free agency thus far told us of teams' plans for May? Plenty.
Undersized but under-appreciated no longer, Wyoming defensive back Marqueston Huff and Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward were among the standouts during the Wednesday morning's North Team practice at the Senior Bowl.
Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hagemen and Notre Dame left tackle Zack Martin -- each projected first round picks -- stood out Tuesday morning, as did Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald. While each flashed, questions about their fit at the next level were also raised during a physical Tuesday morning practice at the Senior Bowl.
Replacing a legend is never easy but in Baltimore, rookies Matt Elam and Arthur Brown flashed the instincts, physicality and athleticism in their second preseason game to help the defending champs imagine moving past future Hall of Famers Ed Reed and Ray Lewis.
No rookie is going to supplant Tony Gonzalez as Atlanta's starting tight end but the massive fourth-round pick could be the run-blocking specialist to help the Falcons run the ball with Steven Jackson as well as they throw it.