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Another pick close to Spiller signs

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2010 – 3:00 pm

Another first-round pick in close proximity to C.J. Spiller has agreed to terms in an afternoon flurry of first-round signings.

San Francisco first-round pick Anthony Davis agreed to a contract today for five years and $26.5 M with almost $16M guaranteed. Davis was the 11th overall pick, just two spots after Spiller. One potential problem is between the eighth pick and the 11th pick the difference in total contract dollars is $13.5 million. That looks like a wide gap to navigate for both the Bills and Jaguars at ninth and 10th overall respectively.

With a handful of first-round pick signing today, there are now 15 first rounders signed and 17 still unsigned.


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New mock has Bills getting OT

Posted by Chris Brown on April 6, 2010 – 10:24 am

It’s a new mock with a result that while all too familiar would be welcomed nonetheless as far as the Bills are concerned.

MoveTheSticks.com posted it’s latest mock draft and has the Bills getting one of the top three offensive tackles in the class. They have Buffalo landing Oklahoma OT Trent Williams in round one. They have both Okung (Washington) and Bulaga (KC) off the board before Buffalo’s pick.

There is a concern that Seattle and Oakland could take offensive tackles too, but they both have pass rusher needs as well and MoveTheSticks has them taking S Eric Berry and DE Jason Pierre-Paul. While I can see the logic in Oakland taking an athletic freak like Pierre-Paul. I don’t know that Berry will be the play for the Seahawks.

Of course I hope that it is because that means that Buffalo gets one of the top 3. One other interesting note is MoveTheSticks has Anthony Davis dropping all the way to pick 27 to the Cowboys who need to replace Flozell Adams. They have USC’s Charles Brown going before Davis at pick 17 to San Fran, which honestly would not surprise me.


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OT Davis workout update

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2010 – 3:56 pm

By most accounts the individual pro day for Ruters OT Anthony Davis went very well.

According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, Davis weighed in at 328 pounds and looked light on his feet in position drills. He skipped out on Rutgers pro day because of a stomach virus and a sore hamstring, but scouts on hand at the team pro day were not informed until late in the game, which did not go over well.

With Davis only 20-years old, maturity is an issue scouts will be evaluating closely. Having a solid individual pro day Thursday helped his cause as he’s widely viewed as a top 12 pick.


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A shift toward Trent Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2010 – 12:55 pm

With mock drafts changing almost daily, there has been an interesting trend with respect to the name that has been popping up more often in Buffalo’s slot at ninth overall.

Of all the mock drafts we’ve been keeping tabs of offensive tackle still dominates for the Bills projected pick with 24 of the 48 guesses going with a pass protector (50%). Quarterback is second accounting for 25% of the guesses by prognosticators.

What’s most interesting however, is the name of the offensive tackle most recently filling the Bills slot at nine. In three of the five most recent mock drafts released an offensive tackle has been the position of choice and all three times Oklahoma’s Trent Williams was the pick.

Now this doesn’t mean that Williams is suddenly rising up draft boards and is a lock to be a top 10 pick. What it signifies is most prognosticators are expecting three offensive tackles to be off the board prior to Buffalo’s pick at 9, namely Russell Okung (Okla. St.), Bryan Bulaga (Iowa) and Anthony Davis (Rutgers).

With those three widely predicted to be off the board, Williams is regarded by most to be the fourth best tackle prospect and has been considered by a fair amount of the so called experts to be a top half of the first round pick. So the naming of Williams is more indicative of how the prognosticators see the top 10 picks falling with respect to the tackle position than anything else.


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OT Anthony Davis resets pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2010 – 8:31 am

Rutgers OT Anthony Davis has rescheduled his pro day after a sore hamstring and the stomach flu cut his Rutgers pro day short.

Davis developed an upset stomach in the middle of the workout and was sent home, but several NFL personnel executives and scouts were unaware of what had happened.

Davis and his agent have since scheduled a new pro day for March 30th and informed all NFL teams that Davis will work out fully at that time on the Rutgers campus.

The offensive tackle is expected to come off the board in the top half of the first round.


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Fan Friday 2-12

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2010 – 2:43 pm

Well the coaching staff is just about put together. Time for your questions. Remember email AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Chris,
At WR is T.O. gonna be a Bill for his last two seasons and are we gonna utilize Parrish more and Evans, my boy, when will he be the talent he was suppose to be (I mean putting up the numbers to be elite NFL WR)
Also O-line I think this is our #1 concern we didn’t look very impressive do you think the 9th pick will go to o-line and if so who?
Thanks,
George

CB: I am not anticipating that Owens will be back in 2010, but you never say never. I just get the sense from Owens that he wants to play for a contender with a proven QB. Right now the Bills don’t have an entrenched signal caller. Parrish I believe has a chance to do more under a coach like Gailey, who will take advantage of the things he does well which is gain separation, especially when put in motion.
If I’m Roscoe I’m encouraged with Gailey as the offensive play caller. Lee Evans is another skill position player that should be excited. Gailey unlike his predecessors has a history of finding ways to get his top playmakers the ball no matter what the coverage or defensive look is.

As for the offensive line I agree it’s one of the top concerns. A capable nose tackle is right there too however, with the move to the 3-4 defensive alignment. At ninth overall however, I think the value is at offensive tackle. I think Anthony Davis and Bryan Bulaga are worthwhile options. Okung figures to be off the board by then.

2- Chris,
What’s your thought on the LT prospects vs. defense prospects for the Bills 1st rd pick?

CB: I think the talent at DT is better at the top of the draft, but the Bills won’t get a whiff of Ndamakong Suh or Gerald McCoy. So with that in mind the better value after them is at OT. Russell Okung, Anthony Davis and Bryan Bulaga to me all represent good value at 9.

3 - Hi Chris
 
Like a lot of Bills fans I have been a little bit disappointed with Maybin’s production in his rookie year, but I’ve had a little look into it and he is pretty young for a rookie (almost 2 years younger than orakpo) so he could quite easily develop into a big player, especially considering a lot of NFL pass rushers don’t develop until later in their career.  What do you think Maybin’s chances are of developing into a decent NFL pass rusher given time?
 
Cheers
Steve
from the land of the UK

CB: I think his chances are much improved now that he’s in a defensive system (3-4) that is better suited to his body type and talents. Now he’ll be rushing against backs and tight ends a lot more than defensive ends. It affords him better pass rushing matchups. The 3-4 is also more unpredictable for offenses in terms of where the pressure is coming from. So that too will help his production. You’re right, the guy is 21. He still hasn’t fully filled out his frame yet. I have faith that he’ll be productive in the near future.

4 - Hey Chris,
 
Just wondering what your thoughts were on Pike from Cincinnati? Is he someone that could be looked upon as the future? If so, can he start right away, even with a good O-Line? If we draft a QB this year, he most certainly will be looked as the future, correct?
Randy
St. John’s, Canada

CB: I have an affinity for Pike’s game. I like the way the ball snaps out of his hand. I think he has good physical tools, but he needs to bulk up (6’6” 212) or he’s going to be out of the lineup a lot. He was very productive at Cincinnati, looked cool under pressure in some comeback efforts. I see him as a prospect that needs to watch and learn for a year or two, but could be a productive starter in a couple of years time. Probably a third rounder.

5 - Hey Chris,
I know you’ve been voicing your hope that the Bills get a star offensive or defensive lineman with their first pick, and you’ve stated that you think the team needs a top-flight offensive tackle. I’m wondering how you think the rest of the line shakes out if that happens.
Thanks and Go Bills!
Brad

CB: If the Bills do draft an offensive tackle with the first pick, I anticipate that player ending up as the starting left tackle. We’ve seen the impact young offensive tackles can make in their first year the past couple of seasons in the NFL (see: Jake Long, Michael Oher). I think there are prospects of similar caliber this year as mentioned above.

I think that just makes Demetrius Bell a swing tackle provided Butler makes a successful return from his ACL injury. Otherwise let Bell and Butler battle it out on the right side. If Wood is not ready for the start of the season hopefully Buffalo has re-signed Richie Incognito to start at right guard. Everything else stays the same.


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OT is popular mock pick for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2010 – 9:06 am

Despite some pressing positional needs elsewhere (NT, QB) the mock draft prognosticators have been overwhelmingly predicting an offensive tackle being taken by the Bills with the ninth overall pick. And KFFL.com is no different.

In their mock draft they’ve got the Bills taking Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga. It should be noted that they have Okung and Anthony Davis off the board when the Bills are on the clock at nine, with Okung going to the Chiefs and Davis to the Raiders.

Either way this the third mock draft I’ve posted this week that has Buffalo taking an offensive tackle with their first pick. Take it for what it’s worth.


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Another mock OT pick for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2010 – 3:33 pm

The National Football Post is the latest to release an initial mock draft, and the results aren’t much different than a lot of other mock drafts we’ve seen lately as it pertains to the Bills.

NFP’s Wes Bunting has Buffalo taking Rutgers OT Anthony Davis. Davis as most of you know is said to be long on upside being a junior eligible.

Another note is in this NFP mock they have Bradford going first overall to the Rams, who do need a QB with Bulger on the way out and they have Clausen going fourth overall to Washington. If Bradford checks out medically look for this line of thinking to gain some major steam. Some are already speculating that Bradford to the Rams at one will happen.


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Mock has OT to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2010 – 12:01 pm

Corey Chavous, a former NFL safety and draft analyst for NFL Network has put his own mock draft together for 2010. And for the Bills he has them taking an offensive tackle with the ninth overall pick.

Chavous has Buffalo taking Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga is widely viewed as one of the most NFL ready tackles in the class while the upside is deemed higher by many for Anthony Davis and Bruce Campbell.

It should be noted in Chavous’ mock he has Russell Okung off the board at 4 to Washington, Anthony Davis off the board at 6 to Seattle, and I believe an OT is very likely for the Seahawks at 6 with Walter Jones a good bet to retire. He then has Trent Williams going 8 overall to the Raiders, which might be a little high in most eyes, but hey it’s Oakland.

So with the run on OTs happening early in Chavous’ mock, he has Buffalo taking Bulaga. I like Bulaga, provided he checks out medically (thyroid condition, shoulder injuries). He drive blocks guys 10 to 15 yards downfield at times. He also steers pass rushers wide around the pocket well. For a tall guy I think he’s pretty good at redirecting too. Whether he’s worthy of the ninth overall pick however, is up to the Bills and the Bills only.


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Another OT enters draft pool

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2009 – 10:08 am

A junior at the University of Maryland, offensive tackle Bruce Campbell has declared himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, electing to forgo his senior season with the Terps.

The 6’7″ 310-pound tackle has been told by the NFL Advisory Board that he could be drafted anywhere between the middle of the first to the middle of the second round this spring.

ESPN’s Scouts Inc has him ranked as the 24th best prospect overall. He’s still considered a bit of a work in progress by ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay, but had a good 2009 season and his upside is promising.

Another junior that scouts are waiting on is Rutgers OT Anthony Davis, who ranks 14th overall on the Scouts Inc. prospect rankings list.


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McShay has OT going to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2009 – 1:32 pm

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has the Bills taking an offensive tackle in his first mock draft.

Of course the draft positions have not been set yet with three games to play, but the Bills are projected to pick 10th overall in his mock draft where he has Buffalo taking Rutgers OT Anthony Davis.

Davis (6’5 1/2″ 328), who has elite athletic traits for the left tackle position, is only a junior and has not decided whether he will forgo his final college season and enter the draft.

Mel Kiper says if he waits a year Davis will be a top 5 pick, otherwise he’ll go in the 10-15 range of round one this year. Kipier has him as his top rated junior tackle. The fear with Davis if he does come out is he’s still a bit raw, and would need solid coaching to develop quickly and be a starter on the blind side right away.

Unfortunately the Bills need help that is NFL ready, which is why I’m thinking they might be best served to get a veteran tackle in free agency.


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