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OT Martin a late riser?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2014 – 1:44 pm

One of Buffalo’s most recent pre-draft visitors, Notre Dame OT Zack Martin has been pegged as a perfect fit for Miami’s depleted offensive line after the trade of Jonathan Martin and departure of Richie Incognito after last season’s locker room problems that made national headlines. The problem with that line of thinking is Martin, according to some draft analysts might be off the board several picks before Miami is on the clock at 19.

NFL.com draft analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah were asked about the fit of Martin to the Dolphins at 19 in round one in a recent conference call with the media. Both said they would not be surprised if Martin went earlier than that.

“I think if you look on NFL.com or if you look at any mock draft that’s ever been constructed, it’s mandatory that Zack Martin goes to Miami,” Jeremiah said. “When you start putting these things together, you just kind of go, okay, he’s there, they take him, but I will say as we get closer to the draft, there’s certain names… I talked to a general manager the other day, and his name came up, Zack Martin, and he asked me what I thought. I said, ‘I don’t see how Miami could pass on him. He’s too clean.’ And he said, ‘I don’t think he’ll be there when they pick at 19.’

“I think he’s definitely somebody that’s on the move to the point where when you look at Giants are picking at No. 12, maybe that would be surprising a month ago. That wouldn’t shock me if Zack Martin went all the way up that high.”

“I think Zack Martin was going to Miami with the first mock draft, and we might do 100 of them and I’m not sure we ever take him off of that spot,” said Davis. “But if what we’re hearing is accurate, and it seems like there’s a good amount of credibility to it, there are a number of places he could go prior to Miami, and a lot depends on what people see him as; do you see him as a tackle; do you see him as a guard; do you know that they worked him out as a center, as well.

“So Daniel started with the Giants at 12. If St. Louis keeps that pick at 13 and all the premier tackles are off the board already and they went in a different direction with their second pick not being traded or what have you, Zack Martin could make sense there. That’s not out of line.”

Martin’s Senior Bowl performance quelled a lot of teams concerns that his arms, which are a less than ideal 32 7/8ths inches, would limit him as an NFL tackle. Martin performed very well against top flight competition there and in his four years at left tackle for the Irish. So it seems that there are a good number of teams believe in Martin as a first round tackle prospect and the Bills may be one of them.

 


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Banks mock goes TE for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2014 – 11:25 am

SI.com’s Don Banks has his latest mock draft up and he’s gone tight end for Buffalo at ninth overall.

Not surprisingly its UNC TE Eric Ebron, who also made a pre-draft visit to Buffalo. Here was Banks assessment.
9. Buffalo — Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
As much sense as Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan continues to make for the Bills, who need to improve their protection of second-year quarterback EJ Manuel, finding an explosive receiving weapon to exploit the middle of the field should also upgrade Manuel’s game. The draft’s top tight end prospect could pose matchup problems for defenses and give Buffalo a potent one-two punch at the position in tandem with the reliable Scott Chandler.


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Kirwan mock goes local for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2014 – 6:34 am

The Bills have long been handed offensive tackles and wide receivers in 2014 mock drafts. NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan took a different approach.

Kirwan went for Buffalo’s less talked about need of defensive end. With Jerry Hughes entering the final year of his contract, the Bills may need to have another option opposite Mario Williams unless they can get an extension completed with Hughes, who burst onto the Buffalo scene with 10 sacks last season after the trade with Indianapolis. Here was Kirwan’s take on the Bills pick at nine.

9. Buffalo Bills – Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo: Doug Marrone knows the value of a 10-year starter at left tackle but with Matthews gone the local pass rusher is a solid option. They may consider Taylor Lewan instead.

Kirwan has had Lewan as his pick for the Bills for a while and he had Jake Matthews going to Atlanta at six in his mock draft.


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Jeremiah: TE Ebron is elite talent

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2014 – 9:17 pm

North Carolina TE Eric Ebron is the consensus top tight end prospect in the draft this year, but is he one of the elite talents in the class? NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks so.

“Eric Ebron, I think he’s one of the premier players in this draft. I have him as my 13th overall player. It’s rare you’d say a tight end is worth a top-10 pick, but I wouldn’t have any problem at all if he was a top-10 pick in this draft class.”

Ebron, who made a pre-draft visit to Buffalo a couple of weeks ago, could be a consideration for the Bills and apparently Jeremiah has no problem with Ebron coming of the board at that point. Jeremiah compared Ebron to Vernon Davis and even feels that Ebron gets in and out of his routes better than Davis.

He did say he’s concerned about some of his drops, but feels he offsets that with some special one-handed catches.

“I think he’s kind of tailor-made for today’s brand of football at the tight end position,” said Jeremiah. “I think he’s going to be outstanding.”


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Experts see LB Mosley as a top 10 prospect

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2014 – 8:10 pm

There have been some questions among the draft prognosticators on whether Alabama LB C.J. Mosley is stout enough to handle the middle LB role in a 4-3 defense. And one draft analyst sees him coming off the board in the top 10 after being widely projected as a mid-first round pick.

First and foremost NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis both believe Mosley is scheme versatile and can handle a true MLB role.

“I think he can play in either defense. Mosley, I think he doesn’t get talked about enough. When you watch him on tape, you talk about guys being clean players, I don’t have a lot of negatives when I watch him. I thought he could play in a 3-4 defense, I thought he could take on blockers better than he gets credit for, I think he’s ideally suited to be a MIKE in a 4-3,” said Jeremiah. “In today’s game that MIKE LB has a lot of coverage responsibilities, I think he’s good in coverage, a good blitzer, but the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts. I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that’s what set him apart. I personally think he’s a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. So I think hes one of those guys who can play in either defense, ideally for me I’d like to see him as a MIKE in a 4-3.”

Charles Davis agreed on Mosley’s fit for a 4-3.

“The way the game is being played now, I don’t think we’re worried about size as much anymore,” said Davis. “Because you don’t have so many teams that you’re worried about all that downhill stuff coming at your MIKE LB. His ability to run, diagnose, hit, supercedes everything else. His ability to run and stay on the field for 3 downs, CJ Mosley is that type of player. I know recently at Alabama big LBs that have haven’t played up to capabilities perhaps, but I don’t think CJ Mosley is one of those guys, I really like him a bunch.”

That would make him a fit for the Bills new 4-3 front under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Mosley has been forecast as a mid-first round pick, and it sounds as though the NFL Network’s draft analysts might think even more highly of him than that.

Davis mentioned Mosley specifically in relation to where the Bills are picking at nine.

“I think the momentum is building towards him moving more toward the top of the draft,” said Davis. “I think Buffalo is a place he could easily go in the top 10 and be that guy.”


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Kiper goes OT, DE in 2 rd mock for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2014 – 12:36 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has put a new two round mock together. He’s got an offensive tackle and defensive end going to Buffalo.

Here’s what Kiper wrote about his two picks for Buffalo.

No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
I just really like this fit both in scheme and need, and Matthews is the best player left on the board at this point anyway. Despite my early belief that Cordy Glenn would be better on the right side, he’s been a good player at left tackle, which means Matthews likely comes in as the needed solution on the right side. The transition from left tackle to right and vice versa tends to get tossed about as something that’s no big deal, but it can be a tough one for players, which makes Matthews that much more valuable, because he’s demonstrated an ability to, frankly, dominate on either side.

No. 41 – DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
The pass rush is a sneaky need for the Bills, because while they have Mario Williams, they’re thin on the edge if he’s out. Lawrence gives them a much-needed piece to build a deeper rotation. He can have impact.


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C.J. picked to have a big bounce back year

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2014 – 5:27 pm

While the NFL.com report that the Eagles called the Bills to inquire about C.J. Spiller perked up the ears of Bills fans, you might be more encouraged about the outlook for Spiller’s 2014 season with Buffalo.

NFL.com’s Marc Sessler says that C.J. Spiller is one of his strong bets to bounce back big in 2014. Here’s what he wrote.

RB CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills: Spiller is running and cutting on the ankle that bothered him all last season and told the team’s official site last month, “I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012.” One former scout suggested the X-factor was never healthy during a campaign that saw Spiller fall from 6.0 yards per carry in 2012 to 4.3 one season ago. Spiller’s 456 yards after contact in 2013 were a shadow of the 742 he dialed up the year before, but that didn’t stop Chip Kelly and theEagles from wanting him in a trade. Buffalo wasn’t about to part ways with their most explosive weapon.


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How the legend of Kiko grew

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 4:45 pm

Kiko Alonso certainly burst onto the NFL scene in Buffalo as a rookie and earned PFWA Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. What also sprang out of that playmaking ability was a cult following that was wrapped around a catch phrase indicating that Alonso had some special intuition to be omniscient as well as ubiquitous whenever a play needed to be made.

Titled ‘The Legend of Kiko Alonso’ fans on social media ran with it. Every time he made a play, Bills fans would tag their tweets with #TheLegendofKikoAlonso.

It got so big that ESPN’s Kenny Mayne eventually did a feature on the following that surfaced out of nowhere all because of an impressive rookie linebacker who stepped into Buffalo’s starting lineup and performed like a perennial Pro Bowler.


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Mum was the word on Kiko

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 3:23 pm

In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series we took an in depth look at how the Bills came to draft a Rookie of the Year in Kiko Alonso last spring. They were sold on him as a player, but they had to know the person too. As high as they were on him they also had to keep their mouths shut when they were on the road in the presence of other NFL scouts.

“He was one of those guys that would come up when you would run into other scouts on the road and they would ask who you have seen and where have you been? How is so and so playing? He was one of those guys I didn’t want to talk about,” said Bills area scout Brad Forsyth. “You didn’t even want to bring his name up because I knew he wasn’t a high radar guy going into the fall.

“You definitely don’t want to alert anybody else to what you’re thinking about him. He’s one of those guys who even though he was at one of the better programs you don’t want to create any more buzz on a guy when you like him as much as we did.”

By keeping quiet on Alonso, who had off the field incidents and a wrist injury, some teams may not have thought quite as much of him as the Bills did last spring.


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How Bills knew Kiko was a football junkie

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm

In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series we took an in depth look at how the Bills came to draft a Rookie of the Year in Kiko Alonso last spring. They were sold on him as a player, but they had to know the person too. Here’s part of how they learned and became convinced Alonso was passionate about football.

Bills area scout Brad Forsyth, who scouted Alonso as one of Buffalo’s western scouts, said there were multiple layers in their scouting of Alonso that depicted Alonso’s love of the sport.

“Talking to him number one and you can just watch him on film and tell. Anytime you put on a film of whatever game you could see it and even when he went out to practice. Sometimes guys can go into a different mode when they’re on the practice field as opposed to the game. Kiko was the same whenever you watched him,” Forsyth said. “He loved to practice, loved to run around and it was full go all the time. The coaches had to hold him back whether it was on the practice field or in the weight room. Sometimes they told him he had to slow down. He’s addicted. As we always say in the scouting business, you’d much rather say ‘Whoa’ than ‘Giddyup’ and he’s a guy you’d have to say, ‘Whoa’ sometimes.”


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Scouting is about reducing the margin of error

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 12:06 pm

With the NFL draft there are no definites. The whole thing is a roll of the dice, but the painstaking process of scouting is necessary to make an NFL team’s picks as successful as possible. In our second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series, we went behind the scenes to take a closer look at the lengths scouts go to in order to reduce the margin for error on a player, especially one like Kiko Alonso who had off the field incidents in his college career.

“You want to make sure that with the information that we bring to the upper brass it’s the right information to help us pick the guys with the least amount of risk,” said Bills scout Matt Hand, who scouted Alonso. “You want to make sure that we’re picking guys that can play and be good players for us. There are no guarantees.

“A lot of times it’s not the athlete in the player that fails. It’s the other things that fail. That’s why it’s important to get to these schools to get to know these guys as much as we can not just as football players, but as men off the field.”


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What Kiko was doing on draft day

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 11:09 am

Kiko Alonso has a passion for football, but not for laying around and watching TV. That’s why on draft day 2013 he was going to do anything, but plant himself on the couch and watch the NFL draft.

“I was at home in Los Gatos and I had some buddies over,” Alonso told Buffalobills.com. “We were just kind of hanging out. I knew it was a big day, but I didn’t want to just sit on the couch watching TV. I wanted to relax and hang out with my buddies and play some cards and stuff like that.”

After day one of the draft came and went Alonso did pay a bit more attention with the TV on in the background while he hung out with his friends.

“I honestly didn’t think I would go first round just from what people were telling me, like scouts and stuff,” said Alonso. “But I did figure based on what people were telling me that I would go day two. So I thought I had a good shot to go second round and it was an honor to go that high.

“I just remember I was excited just to get picked. After it sunk in that it was the Bills I was like, ‘Okay Buffalo.’ But I didn’t even know where the hell that was. It was just pure excitement.”

Today on Buffalobills.com we profile the painstaking process Buffalo’s scouting department went through to make Kiko Alonso their draft choice at 46th overall. It’s the second installment in our ‘On the Clock’ series leading up to the 2014 NFL draft.


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How highly Pac-12 thought of Kiko

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 9:54 am

As we profiled in the second installment of our ‘On the Clock’ pre-draft series – ‘How the Bills came to draft Kiko’ Buffalo’s scouting department in sticking to the process found Kiko Alonso to be the perfect fit for their gaping hole at middle linebacker in the 2013 NFL draft. Scouting Alonso as a player on tape may have been easy, and Buffalo area scouts Brad Forsyth and Matt Hand were pretty certain he’d be a solid NFL player right away. But if they had any doubts they were convinced after hearing coaches from other Pac-12 schools raving about him without even being asked to comment on Alonso.

“When you go to other schools it’s rare that coaches from one school bring up players from another school,” said Hand. “When you’re going through some of the best schools in the Pac-12 and a coach comes up to you and says, ‘That Kiko Alonso is probably the best player in the Pac-12 this year.’ Those are some pretty powerful words when you have a coach at another school saying that.”

It only served to reinforce what Hand and Forsyth thought of Alonso as a player.

 


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DE Ealy earns props from OT Jake Matthews

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 9:50 am

Their teams were both new to the SEC, but Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews, who is widely forecast to be a top 10 pick in the draft this spring knows the best pass rusher he faced in college wasn’t from one of the traditional power schools in the SEC.

Matthews, who had a pre-draft visit with the Bills Wednesday, was asked who the most challenging pass rusher was for him in his college career and he cited Missouri DE Kony Ealy.

“I thought Kony Ealy was really good at Missouri,” said Matthews. “Real aggressive, big and strong. Mixed up his pass rush moves real well.”

Ealy, who is profiled in our Countdown to Draft Day presented by Time Warner Cable today, had four tackles, including one for loss and a quarterback hurry in the game. Missouri won the contest 28-21 in Columbia.


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Kyle ranks among 3-4 DTs vs. run

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2014 – 1:33 pm

Pro Football Focus is still canvasing the 2013 season to assess individual player performance. Though the Bills finished 28th against the run as a team there was one defensive lineman in particular who excelled against the opponent’s ground game.

Bills Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams had one of the best season in 2013 against the run among 3-4 defensive tackles according to the film reviewers at Pro Football Focus. Here’s where they had him ranked.

Williams finished in the league’s top five in this category. He was also second on the Bills in 2013 in tackles for loss with 14. Mario Williams led the team with 15 TFLs.


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Fan Friday 4-11

Posted by Chris Brown on April 11, 2014 – 12:53 pm

The Bills pre-draft visits were in full swing this week. Stay close to Buffalobills.com for more visit updates in the weeks to come. For now here are some of your latest questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Chris,
Thank you for keeping me informed for the last  decade. Before I only had the newspaper to go by and it was very slow and incomplete.

Three or more of these eleven  players Jake Mathews, Taylor Lewan, Greg Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Eric Ebron, Mike Evans, Kahlil Mack, Anthony Barr, C.J. Mosley, Justin Gilbert and Jadeveon Clowney will be avilable to the Bills for sure. If any of the top three QB’s are added to the mix then Buffalo can even be more selective.

I think the top 9 will go like this 1) QB/DE, 2) WR/DE, 3)&4) QBs, 5)QB/LB ,6) OT, 7) OT/LB,8)QB and Buffalo will choose Mack, Lewan, Watkins or Evans in that order depending on their availability.

I actually think the Bills will take an OT because it affects the most players. Players such as the RBs, the QB and the WR/TEs directly. No other position does this. I hope they get Lewan but if Mack is available I would go with him first because the defense wins FB games and Mack would push our “D” past Seattle in my modest opinion.

How do you see it at this point in time?

Thanks
Ken

CB: It’s hard to know exactly what will fall to the Bills at nine as the teams in front of them, for the most part, need a lot of different building blocks. That means they could go in a number of different directions with their top pick. Knowing the QB class is far from intriguing outside of Manziel the popular speculation now is that only two QBs will go in the top 8, with Teddy Bridgewater looked upon as the QB falling out of the top 10.

Jacksonville at three is one of those pivot type picks, where what they do could largely impact the teams right behind them. They’re now thought to be considering a QB in round two rather than round one and will look to add a difference maker at another position on offense (Sammy Watkins?) after loading up on defense in free agency. I still think they’re still considering a QB, especially if Bortles is still on the board.

Mack will not make it to nine, no way, no how. So cross him off your list. Cleveland is unpredictable as to what they might do as are the Raiders at five. Atlanta is expected to go OL or DL and it will depend on which player is ranked highest on their board among those two positions. Tampa Bay is a virtual lock to receiver and take Mike Evans. Minnesota is likely to take a QB knowing the mess they had at the position last year and it could be Manziel there.

So what should be there for Buffalo? Probably one of the top three OTs (presumably Lewan), Ebron and C.J. Mosley. I don’t see Justin Gilbert or Anthony Barr as part of the equation there. Whether the Bills have another player or two ranked as high is unclear.

The most talented of the three I mentioned (Lewan, Ebron, Mosley) is probably Ebron, who one could argue also has the most upside. Lewan and Mosley kind of are what they are. They’ll both be very solid pros and should be in an NFL starting lineup right away, but Ebron has a chance to be special and that could give him the edge there. We’re all guessing, but the most important factor is how things play out in front of Buffalo.

 

 

2 – Chris,

Pardon me, but my brain is working overtime on the Bills.  With Carpenter in the fold where does this leave Hopkins?  Thought he was supposed to be the new guy with the strong leg.

Jim (Skaneateles)


CB:
It puts Hopkins in a tough spot. First of all he’s trying to come back from a bad groin injury on his kicking leg side. Second, he’s competing with a veteran kicker who put up the second most accurate FG kicking season in team history. With the money invested in Carpenter by the Bills, Hopkins is going to need to have the training camp of his life to unseat Carpenter.

Now head coach Doug Marrone is not opposed to carrying a second kicker as a kickoff specialist, which is a role that Hopkins could most definitely fill. However, the roster numbers have to work out right to keep a second kicker for such a luxury. We’ll see how it plays out this summer.

 

 

3 – Hey Chris,

Huge fan of yours and the Bills obviously. Just wondering about the Corey Graham signing. Will he be competing for second cornerback position with Leodis?  And if not, how will that affect Nickel Robey’s playing time, if at all?  Do you think it was a big contract for a potentially 3rd string corner or will his special teams play make up for it?

Thanks,
Brendan

CB: As I’m sure you and most other fans have seen coach Marrone has said he intends to make Graham a part of the safety competition with Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Da’Norris Searcy to fill the spot left by Jairus Byrd. He’ll also be the first guy in on the boundary at corner if McKelvin or Gilmore are sidelined by injury. As for Robey he will hold onto the role if Graham lands the safety spot next to Aaron Williams.

 

4 – Hey Chris,

I was just curious, if team a wanted to trade a player for a pick in the draft, and the traded player ended up failing the physical for team b, what would happen?  Would the player(s) selected with the traded pick pick(s) go to team b and the player that failed the physical would return to team a?  Or would something else happen?

Thanks,
Tommy

CB: Yes, if a player did not pass the physical for his new team the trade would be nullified and any and all assets exchanged in the deal would revert back to their original clubs. That’s what happened several years ago when the Bills tried to trade John McCargo to the Indianapolis Colts. He failed his physical with the Colts due to a back problem they cited and the trade was nullified.

 
5 – Hi Chris,

Just wondering what your thoughts are on the Bills seemingly not attempting to keep Carrington or Moats. There was so much talk last summer about how well Carrington was coming along and now they could seem to care less about keeping him. I wouldn’t imagine it’s because of competition from other teams as he hasn’t proven himself on the field for any stretch of time.

Also looking at Rivers career he hardly seems like an upgrade from Moats. They both seem to be in the same kind of position as fill in LB’s struggling to get more snaps. Also what is the deal with Chris Williams? NFL.com says he graded out terribly last season. To be honest I’m less than pleased with where the offensive line has gone under Marrone. In Gailey’s last season we had the fewest sacks and CJ’s yards per carry were through the roof. Marrone’s supposed to be a line guy and during his first year we were at the bottom of those stats and seem content to downgrade from Levitre to Williams at LG. Do you know anything we dont about where this might be going?

Dan

CB: I have it on very good authority that the Bills offered Carrington a contract extension before the 2013 season, but he and his agent (the same one as Jairus Byrd) turned it down. Three weeks later Carrington tore his quadriceps tendon and went on I-R in a contract year. Moats was presented with a contract offer this offseason and he chose not to take it thinking he could do better. Whether he did or not we may never know, but he signed a one-year veteran minimum deal with a $65K signing bonus.


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Sleeper RB Cobb is put together

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2014 – 4:36 pm

One of Buffalo’s pre-draft visitors is Cumberlands RB Terrance Cobb. He’s got a thick lower body, which is why even when would be tacklers go low on him it has proven difficult to get him down on the ground. Cobb looked like a man amongst boys in his 2012 season when he rushed for 1,991 yards in the NAIA’s Mid-South Conference, but here’s a look at him in action from that season.

Cobb only appeared in six games in 2013 due to an injury, but still averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Finding testing times and measures has proven difficult, but he’s seen as a priority free agent and will likely be signed as an undrafted free agent.


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McShay goes TE, OT in 2 rd. mock for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2014 – 11:45 am

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has put together a two-round mock draft and has some interesting choices for Buffalo at nine and 41 overall.

McShay went tight end and offensive tackle with the first two picks. Here’s his synopsis for the Bills.

No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
This is something of an outside-the-box pick, and certainly doesn’t fill a glaring need, but the more I think about it the more I like the selection. For one, there aren’t many glaring holes on this team, opening things up for the Bills to take the best available player. Also, second-year QB EJ Manuel would really benefit from having an elite downfield threat with seam-stretching speed like Ebron at the tight end position, giving him another weapon alongside WRs Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and Mike Williams and steady TE Scott Chandler.

No. 41 – T Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee
After passing up on a tackle at No. 9 overall, the Bills get a good value in James who is a great fit for their zone-blocking scheme.

If Watkins and Evans are both off the board, which in McShay’s mock they are (5th and 7th picks), I think there could be much more consideration for Ebron at Buffalo’s spot at nine.

James is an example of how deep this year’s draft is at the offensive tackle position. James was somewhat overshadowed by teammate Tiny Richardson at Tennessee, but is thought by many NFL scouts as capable of starting right away at right tackle in the NFL.


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Inside Bills draft room on NFLN airs tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2014 – 7:59 am

NFL Network will have a Bills specific angle to their Path to the Draft programming tonight.

NFL Network’s Path to the Draft show will go inside the Bills draft room. NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis will co-anchor the Path to the Draft, and will be joined by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Charley Casserly and Brian Baldinger, former first-round pick Curtis Conway, and various additional NFL Network analysts.

The program airs at 7 pm tonight (Thursday).


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Beckham: I’ll be in Buffalo Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2014 – 9:09 pm

LSU just held their pro day on Wednesday. One day later their top receiver prospect Odell Beckham, who is projected as a first round draft choice, will be visiting the Bills.

That according to the receiver himself. In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, Beckham commented on the level of interest teams are showing and mentioned his upcoming pre-draft visit with Buffalo specifically in addition to some contact with a couple of other NFL clubs.

“To be honest with you, I think everybody was here,” said Beckham of the LSU pro day. “I saw all different colors, I saw the whole rainbow today.  I spent time with the 49ers.  I had dinner with the Steelers last night.  I’m going to Buffalo tomorrow, actually.  So pretty much everybody was here and today was a great day.”

Beckham did not run the 40 after posting a very solid 4.43 at the NFL combine in February, but by most accounts had a solid positional workout as all 32 teams were represented in Baton Rouge.

Hill had a pre-draft visit with the Bills last Friday, which will make Beckham the second LSU product to meet with Buffalo’s coaching staff at One Bills Drive. Stay tuned for pre-draft visit updates here at Buffalobills.com.


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