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Wannstedt a pre-draft asset

Posted by Chris Brown on January 24, 2011 – 12:50 pm

Bills Assistant Head and Inside LBs coach Dave Wannstedt may not be at the Senior Bowl this week with his new coaching staff, but he’s still going to be a valuable asset to the team’s pre-draft process.

Having been the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh the past six years, Wannstedt has been immersed in the college game on a day-to-day basis and been around several of the top collegiate prospects in this year’s draft class. Most NFL scouts like to talk to members of college coaching staffs about their players to get a better handle on a player’s character, work ethic and background. Wannstedt is such a resource.

“I’m very confident that I’ll be able to help in any way they want me to and not just with the Big East conference (players),” Wannstedt  told Buffalobills.com. “My Pitt team played teams like Notre Dame and Utah. We played Kentucky in the bowl game. And when you play one team… if you’re playing Kentucky you’re spending a week watching Southeast Conference tape. So the familiarity with a lot of the college players in addition to Big East players will hopefully allow me to help answer some questions if they do come up.”

Pitt has some top flight talent entering this year’s draft pool including WR Jonathan Baldwin, OL Jason Pinkston and Big East Defensive Player of the Year DE Jaball Sheard. All three are forecast as second round picks. But even the players that Wannstedt recruited and did not land are players he has come to know well.
 
“Even if they didn’t come to your school, most of the kids at Penn State or Notre Dame or Ohio State, I was in their homes and we had a chance to recruit them,” he said. “You might not end up signing them to your school, but you go through their whole process up to that point and get to know them pretty well.”


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