Tonight on the show we asked this. With all the rumors swirling about the Bills trading up, who would you want if they indeed pulled the trigger? There was plenty of discussion on that topic with varying responses. Answers went from Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins to UB linebacker Khalil Mack.
Pro Football Focus Owner and Founder Neil Hornsby joined us at the top of the hour to discuss the needs of each NFL team around the league leading up to the draft. Hornsby and his team divide each of the team’s positions by categories of need.
“The top one is a high priority which is red. Orange, there is a definite need to improve at that position. Yellow, is they may need a player but that may not be until next year. Light green, they may want to think about the future but they probably don’t want to have to do anything and then dark green is no immediate need at all.”
For the Bills, Hornsby used Nickell Robey and Corey Graham combination at cornerback as a no immediate need (dark green) because of the depth at that position. He also described the Bills as a team without much needs with no positions listed as a high priority.
“There are some areas that need to be addressed but when you only have probably one, maybe two positions on the offensive line, a fullback, and maybe a free safety that’s not the end of the world by any stretch of the imagination. Those aren’t real crucial positions for the team either.”
He does say that if there was one area of need on the Bills roster, it would be at defensive end.
“A defensive end, someone to play the left side is probably a key need for them. Is it an absolute pressing need? I don’t think so, not really. I think the defense is too good overall for that.”
Hornsby also goes around the rest of the AFC East and breaks down their needs. He mentioned the Jacksonville Jaguars as a team with the most need at numerous positions.
Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joined us in the last half-hour of the show to discuss the Wisconsin draft prospects, specifically linebacker Chris Borland and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.
“He’s just a football player. If you turn on the tape, he’s played outside linebacker, inside linebacker, Mike linebacker. He makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. He’s really instinctive. He’s got great leverage when he explodes into a ball carrier and he’s more athletic than you think.”
At 5-foot-11, Borland is being compared to former Dolphins LB Zach Thomas and former Bills LB Chris Spielman, other undersized players who have had success in the NFL.
“A couple scouts said that while we do compare him to those guys, they played in a different time in the NFL when it wasn’t so wide open. They wonder if those guys (Thomas, Spielman) came out today whether they’d be as effective and whether they would be able to play all three downs”
Potrykus also touched on wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. The 6-foot-2 wideout was the number one receiver for the Badgers.
“Looking at what he did in college, I think he can be an effective slot receiver as the third or fourth guy in an offensive scheme. He’s not an opposing physical specimen but he’s wiry strong and stronger than you think. He’s really quick and has fantastic feet. He gets in and out of his routes really quickly and he does so deceptively.”
You can hear the whole John Murphy Show, below:
(Hornsby – 41:20, Potrykus – 01:03:44)
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