One Week until the NFL Draft. That means the final preparations are being put in place by the Bills brass. General Manger Doug Whaley joined the show to discuss those plans. Whaley mentioned the importance of the area scouts and how involved they are in gathering information from college teams.
“You’ll have a guy that will have an area for 8 or 9 years and if the coach has been there for 4 or 5 of those years he will see them (area scouts) 3 or 4 times a year. This business is a relationship based business. The better the relationship the truer information you will get and that will help us make the best decisions.”
Whaley also touched on the misleading teams through deception and its importance.
“You don’t want to show your hand, your playbook. Even when coaches make up their game plan, they protect their playbook. You don’t want someone else to have an advantage on what your thought process is.”
Whaley did say that you have to read between the lines, but this is the one time during the year they use the media to their advantage. If the Bills do want to deal with a team to move up or down in the draft, the Bills GM says that those discussions are starting to heat up. The talks aren’t too specific but come draft day if a team is willing to deal they will discuss specific players involved.
In his first draft as the Bills General Manager, the process is a simple one for Whaley. The team will do their due diligence to make sure they are well prepared come draft time.
“Chance favors the prepared mind and when you put the work in before it is fun. All of our work is done right now so when the draft begins everyone is calm, cool, and collective. We have the board set and watch the names peel off and a pick or two before us we discuss the 3 or 4 names out there.”
We were also joined by Bills linebacker Ty Powell. Powell signed on with the Bills last October after being released by the New York Giants. He was a seventh round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks and discussed his path bouncing around the league in his first year.
Now on the Bills roster, Powell’s name has surfaced all offseason by various Bills coaches. Although he only appeared in a handful of games for Buffalo last season, he did make a name for himself, especially on special teams. Powell recalled his first game in the NFL.
“It was about to happen. I was ready and excited. Going out with the pads on, the lights, and the crowd. It was unbelievable, something I will remember forever.”
Powell now returns to One Bills Drive for offseason workouts. The coaching staff has moved him to the inside spot at linebacker and he’s ready to continue his production.
“I love it. Last year when I was on the scout team, they asked me to play Mike (middle linebacker). When they called me and told me we are going to move you inside, I was excited and ready to put the helmet on right then.”
Finally, we listened in on a pre-draft conference call hosted by NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. Mayock touched on a variety of topics including who he feels is NFL ready between receivers Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins and what other receivers might be available after the first round.
Mayock also weighed in and what he likes about Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin and South Carolina linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.
You can hear Thursday’s John Murphy Show in its entirety, below:
(Whaley – 23:52, Powell – 41:43)
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