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Full breakdown of re-vote

Posted by Chris Brown on May 13, 2010 – 8:50 am

Here’s the full breakdown of  the re-vote for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Looking at the re-vote breakdown provided by the Associated Press (see below) I was surprised at how many voters changed their vote where Brian Cushing was not part of the equation.

The Washington DC writer changed from Byrd to Orakpo (home team call there).

The real head scratcher was the Pittsburgh beat writer who changed from Byrd to Cushing. What the heck is that?

Of those that voted for Cushing, nine changed their vote to Byrd, with eight changing their vote to Clay Matthews.

There were also a few abstentions.

KEPT BRIAN CUSHING(notes) (17)
    Don Banks, Sports Illustrated.com
    Bob Berger, Sporting News Radio
    Chris Berman, ESPN
    Steve Cohen, Sirius Satellite Radio
    Frank Cooney, SportsXChange
    Mark Craig, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    Tom Curran, Comcast Sportsnet
    Vinny Ditrani, The Record
    Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
    Paul Gutierrez, Sacramento Bee
    Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
    John McClain, Houston Chronicle
    Gary Myers, New York Daily News
    Danny O’Neil, Seattle Times
    Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com
    Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star
    Charean Williams Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KEPT JAIRUS BYRD(notes) (4)
    Brian Allee-Walsh, New Orleans.com
    Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News
    Ashley Fox, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
KEPT CLAY MATTHEWS(notes) (3)
    Jim Corbett, USA Today
    Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
CHANGED TO BRIAN CUSHING (1)
    Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jairus Byrd)
CHANGED FROM BRIAN CUSHING (19)
    Jarrett Bell, USA Today (Jairus Byrd)
    Clifton Brown, The Sporting News (Jairus Byrd)
    Rich Cimini, New York Daily News (Clay Matthews)
    John Clayton, ESPN The Magazine (Clay Matthews)
    Bob Costas, HBO/NBC Sports (Clay Matthews)
    John Czarnecki, Fox Sports (Brian Orakpo(notes))
    Boomer Esiason, CBS/Westwood One (Jairus Byrd)
    Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News (Jairus Byrd)
    Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse (Jairus Byrd)
    Bob Glauber, Newsday (Jairus Byrd)
    Dave Goldberg, AOL Fanhouse (Clay Matthews)
    Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune (Jairus Byrd)
    Peter King, Sports Illustrated (Clay Matthews)
    Matt Maiocco, Santa Rosa Press Democrat (Clay Matthews)
    Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com (Jairus Byrd)
    Pat McManamon, Akron Beacon Journal (Jairus Byrd)
    Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune (Clay Matthews)
    Adam Schein, Sirius NFL Radio (Brian Orakpo)
    Frank Schwab, Colorado Springs Gazette (Clay Matthews)
ABSTAINED (3)
    Howie Long, Fox Sports
    Chris Mortensen, ESPN
    Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
    Note: All had Cushing in the original balloting.
CHANGED FROM JAIRUS BYRD (2)
    Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Brian Cushing)
    David Elfin, Washington Times (Brian Orakpo)
CHANGED FROM BRIAN ORAKPO (2)
    Howard Balzer, Fox Sports Net (James Laurinaitis(notes))
    Len Shapiro, Miami Herald (Clay Matthews)


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Byrd second again in re-vote

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2010 – 1:42 pm

The unprecedented re-vote for AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year wound up being a fruitless pursuit.

Houston LB Brian Cushing, who tested positive for a banned substance last September, prompted the Associated Press to correctly conduct a re-vote for the award, but in the end the 50 voters re-voted in favor of Cushing anyway.

Cushing got 18 of the 50 votes, exactly half of the support he got in the original vote (36). Bills safety Jairus Byrd was again second more than doubling his vote count from 6 to 13. Green Bay LB Clay Matthews was third with 10 votes.

My only guess was those voters who voted again for Cushing, like SI.com’s Don Banks and Houston Texans beat writer John McClain, did so in protest of the re-vote. Reading some of the columns from some of the writers who had votes, it sounded as if several felt the re-opening the voting was a slippery slope, and didn’t see the situation as any different than that of Julius Peppers or Shawne Merriman, who tested positive shortly after winning awards.

So that unfortunately took precendence over the real issue, which the AP tried to address. That being that a player whose performance on the field was enhanced by illegal substances had an unfair advantage in accumulating statistics that would make him worthy for such an award.

It’s too bad. They missed an opportunity to make a statement against performance enhancing substances, that they all freely decry in their columns. This would’ve had a bigger impact in my opinion.


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One sure vote for Byrd

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2010 – 11:51 am

The re-vote tally should be coming down soon from the Associated Press for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, but FoxSports.com’s NFL writer Alex Marvez has already told everyone who he voted for.

Marvez voted for Bills FS Jairus Byrd, who finished second in the original vote. He also explained why he did not vote for Brian Cushing a second time unlike some other voters like SI.com’s Don Banks.

So that’s one sure vote for Byrd that used to be for Cushing. Marvez’s colleagues however at FOXSports, John Czarnecki and Adam Schein both voted for Brian Orakpo, who finished fourth in the original vote with just two.


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Re-vote results expected at 1 pm

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2010 – 9:08 am

The results of the Associated Press’ unprecedented re-vote for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year are expected to be announced early this afternoon.

That according to Houston Texans beat writer John McClain, who has an AP vote, posted as much on his twitter account this morning.

McClain_on_NFL We should find out bout AP revote sometime during noon hour, cst.

McClain obviously said noon since he’s in Houston on central time. So that’s 1 pm eastern time. McClain also mentioned in a subsequent post that despite reports to the contrary that Cushing will not lose any of his bonus money from 2009 because none of it was tied to being named Defensive Rookie of the Year. Per McClain, Cushing’s two bonuses that kicked in from 2009 will amount to about $9 million.


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SI.com’s Banks to vote for Cushing again

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2010 – 1:27 pm

SI.com columnist Don Banks believes a re-vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year is wrong and is voting for Cushing again.

Banks makes a fair point in saying that the league’s appeal process for players is flawed because if he was caught in September his appeal should not have lasted through the end of the regular season.

He said a more timely resolution would’ve led to a four game suspension at the end of the 2009 season and likely would’ve damaged his chances of winning the award in the first place because his stats would’ve been negatively impacted.

What do you think?


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Deadline Wed. for Def. ROY re-vote

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2010 – 8:46 am

The deadline for sports writers with a vote for the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year re-vote is coming up fast.

After the decision was made Monday to re-vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press in the wake of Houston LB Brian Cushing’s admission that he did test positive for a banned substance, they informed their voters that they have until 11 am Wednesday to submit their ballot.

Brian Cushing is again eligible as a candidate. Bills FS Jairus Byrd placed second in the original voting with 6 votes to Cushing’s 39. Green Bay LB Clay Matthews had 3 votes and Washington’s Brian Orakpo had 2.


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King lobbies for Byrd

Posted by Chris Brown on May 10, 2010 – 10:47 am

With 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing earning a four-game suspension by the league for the 2010 season after testing positive for banned substances, SI.com’s Peter King is lobbying for Cushing to be stripped of the award.

Bills FS Jairus Byrd finished second in the voting to Cushing, and King believes Byrd should be given the award instead.

King wrote in his Monday Morning QB column

…Cushing admitting that he appealed the positive test in February makes it virtually certain that he derived benefit from whatever illegal substance he took during his rookie season. And if this suspension is the result of a positive test at any point during the 2009 season, I’m in favor of stripping him of the defensive rookie of the year award and giving it to second-place finisher Jairus Byrd of Buffalo…
 
It’s an action that makes sense knowing Cushing’s performance his rookie year is tainted. It would seem only fair to give the award to a player that performed fairly under the rules like Byrd.
The NFL however, has no jurisdiction on the award since the end of the year awards are handled by the Associated Press. I’m trying to find out if an award like this has ever been stripped from a player before.

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Texans WR Johnson update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2009 – 1:44 pm

By all indications Houston WR Andre Johnson will start on Sunday against the Bills.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said barring any setbacks Johnson is “ready to go” for Sunday. That according to HoustonTexans.com.

Also expected to start Sunday is Texans leading tackler, rookie Brian Cushing, who has been limited by a foot injury in practice this week.


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WR Johnson update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2009 – 3:49 pm

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson participated in practice with his teammates Thursday.

Johnson (lung contusion) was described as limited in practiced, but according to head coach Gary Kubiak, who spoke to the Houston Chronicle after practice he did his normal workload. He all but promised that he would play on Sunday.

Also limited was starting CB Dunta Robinson (hamstring).

Not practicing were LB Brian Cushing (foot) and starting safety Eugene Wilson (groin).

Practicing fully Thursday were LB Demeco Ryans (groin), S Nick Ferguson (knee), CB Antwaun Molden (hamstring) and starting DE Mario Williams (shoulder).


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A lot of pass rushers sitting there

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2009 – 9:16 pm

Orakpo, Brown, Maybin are all sitting there with the Bills on double deck.

Cushing is still a viable possibility as I see it, especially if Buffalo doesn’t like any of the warts on the pass rushers. We’ll see.

Don’t know how many of you saw my NFL Network on the beat mock draft picks, but we had to choose who we thought the Bills would take at 11 and 28. I picked Cushing at 11, and then based on the picks of all the other beat writers for the other NFL teams, Brown was still on the board at 28 and I took him there for Buffalo with their second pick.

Be funny if that actually happens.


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Bills: Cushing capable of a lot of things

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2009 – 8:25 pm

With Buffalo’s scouting staff kind enough to take part of their lunch break to make themselves available to the media this week, just days before the draft I asked Bills scout Rashaan Curry if he thinks USC LB Brian Cushing could help a team as a pass rusher as well, seeing that he played some DE for the Trojans in his college career. Here’s the answer I got.

“I think he’s capable,” said Curry, “The guy has shown that he can do a lot of things on the field. Play coverage, play the run, help rush the passer, be a blitzer. You’re talking about a versatile player and an impact guy. The other thing with him playing defensive end, he played behind some pretty good players so they were trying to find a way to get him on the field. I wouldn’t discount what he was able to do at either position just because of where he played. It was the result of seeing the caliber of players that came before him that are now making an impact at our level.”

I followed up by asking him if he sees Cushing’s ideal position as a strong side LB. Curry wouldn’t bite on that.

“I think you think about him inside as well,” Curry said. “Obviously we have Poz and like a lot of things about him, so you wouldn’t move him. I think Cushing could do a lot of things for you.”

Suffice to say that Cushing is viewed as a versatile performer by the Bills and probably a lot of other teams. I’m not convinced that Buffalo is as high on Everette Brown as I am, so I’m trying to look at alternatives at 11.

Obviously Michael Oher would be a consideration with Peters now moved, but Cushing might be more instant impact and can do more. He just looks like a Bills type player.

I honestly don’t know which way they’re leaning or who their top considerations are at 11. Everything has been very hush-hush here at One Bills Drive. But I would not rule out Cushing.


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Kiper not against Cushing to Bills at 11

Posted by Chris Brown on April 16, 2009 – 4:03 pm

With knocks on most of the top flight pass rushing DEs in the draft (Orakpo – work ethic, Brown – size, Maybin – one year wonder) I’ve gone on record (NFL Network Path to the Draft) as saying that USC LB Brian Cushing may prove to be a safer option for Buffalo at 11. Mel Kiper apparently isn’t opposed to that either.

When asked by Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News what he thought of Cushing going to the Bills at 11 he said the following.

“Cushing is a good football player,” said Kiper. “The need at defensive end is what you have to look at. I would say that supercedes the outside linebacker a little bit. This team could use a tight end too. That’s why I had Pettigrew in there at one point. Cushing wouldn’t be bad. He’s a good football player. You want to bypass Ayers, you want to bypass Everette Brown or Aaron Maybin, you could and Cushing figures to go in the mid-first round area.”

Kiper said he had OLB as Buffalo’s third most pressing need behind pass rushing DE and TE, but he could understand that move.

I really feel if the Bills have some reservations about Brown or Maybin that Cushing makes the most sense. We’ll see.


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Fan Friday 4-3

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2009 – 3:24 pm

Another Fan Friday as we inch closer to the NFL Draft. Got some interesting questions this week. Keep them coming at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Chris
In college Brad Butler played right tackle. Do you think the Bills would think about switching Brad Butler and Langston Walker. Brad is quicker and Langston would be a monster inside?

Thanks
John

CB: I don’t see this change happening. Walker is best on the edge in my opinion and I felt had a very good season in 2008. Moving to left tackle for the opener in place of the ‘not ready’ Jason Peters, then back to right tackle was yeoman’s work.

Butler I believe is the type of player you want inside. A guy that likes to mix it up and get nasty. I don’t know that Brad is necessarily quicker than Walker. Just because Walker is 366 pounds, don’t assume the man can’t move. His feet are well above average for a man his size.

 
2. What’s happening with Chris Ellis? He was our 3rd rounder last year after all, his injury has set him back no doubt, but we haven’t heard any word on him lately? Is he healing well? Will he be the force we want him to be, allowing us to maybe go after one of the other needs that early at 11, like OL or TE where a lot of people are looking at players to fill gaps. Is Chris doing well enough for us to put DE at a second pick this year? If he’s not, than I sure hope we go DE -1st, and find some prospects to mold like we seem to do so well for our other positional needs.
-Jonathan Wyman
Virginia

CB: I think the team still has a lot of faith in what Chris Ellis can do for the defense. He is healthy and he’s here participating in the offseason conditioning program. I believe he needs to get stronger physically to hold up better against the run. It could get him more snaps this year.

The bottom line however, is the jury is still out on him so adding more pass rush talent is necessary and early. They need a pass rusher that was dominant at the college level. Someone that can make an impact as a rookie. You only get those kinds of players at 11. Aaron Maybin, Everette Brown and Brian Cushing (a LB) are the three I would target.

If it’s Cushing in round one I probably wouldn’t address DE until round three knowing the team needs offensive line or tight end help. Cushing can help on the pass rush.

The unconfirmed reports about Cushing testing positive for steroids would end my preference for him as a player if they proved to be true.

 
3. Chris,
 
       Wondering if Derrick Brooks is a possiblilty to help us with the Cover-2 Tampa defense ?
 
    Todd Logan

CB: I think the Bills will see how they fare in the draft at the LB position before they entertain the possibility of adding a player like Brooks.

 
4. Any word on Schobel’s foot injury?  Will he be able to be the force he once was and help the pass rush?  He is the rock of that line.
 
Curt

CB: Schobel is recovering nicely. Surgery as we reported back in early February will not be necessary. Whether he can be the force he once was as a pass rusher is a question only Schobel can answer through his play. He can say he feels fine and that he’s back to normal, but his play will be the only ammunition he has and he knows that.

 
5. Chris,
   
            What are your thoughts and opinions on Larry English, and him fitting in as a Buffalo Bill?  Also do you think we could draft him in the 2nd round, or will he probably be scooped up by then?  With his size and athleticism I believe he is a Terrell Suggs type player where he could play LB or DE…….What do you think he will be more of? 
 
Thanks – Showtime.

CB: If the right team likes English he could be off the board at the bottom of round one. After running a 4.74 and 4.79 40-times at his pro day I think that’s a possibility. There are some teams that are concerned that he might not be strong enough to hold up as an every down DE in a 4-3 system. I believe he can.

For a DE it’s more about explosiveness and with a 36-inch vertical and a 1.59 10-yard dash I believe he has the burst to be productive off the edge. He’s a little short at 6’2”, which is why some teams consider him a 3-4 OLB.

He has a similar issue to that of Everette Brown. Brown gets more of the benefit of the doubt having played in the ACC. Playing in the MAC knocks English down a peg by some talent evaluators, right or wrong.

I think if the Bills don’t get a DE in round one, English is definitely an option in round two, provided he’s still on the board.


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Maualuga improves 40 time

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2009 – 2:58 am

After running a 4.83, USC LB Rey Maualuga was eager to improve upon it at his pro day in which a host of other top USC talent performed including Mark Sanchez, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews.

Maualuga ran a 4.7, according to NFL.com which was a noticeable improvement from his combine time. Truthfully though, his 40 time isn’t going to carry as much weight as his game tape.

Cushing ran a 4.68 after running a 4.64 at the combine, which is negligible. Matthews ran a 4.57 after a 4.62 at the combine.

Kevin Ellison, Keith Ellison’s younger brother improved his 40 time posting a 4.7. He had run a 4.8 at the combine. The USC safety however, is being viewed by some teams now as an outside linebacker similar to his older brother with the Bills. Ironically some draft experts have Ellison pegged as a sixth round pick, which is exactly where Keith was chosen by the Bills in the 2006 draft.


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No news on June’s visit with Texans

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2009 – 12:12 am

On the heels of Cato June’s visit with the Houston Texans Monday, there’s been no news of a contract offer or hard core negotiations.

I think a lot of teams, including the Bills are doing their homework on June, so in the event they don’t land the linebacker talent they might be targeting in the draft they can present June with a contract offer as a fall back option.

The Bills could potentially take a linebacker in the first two rounds and the Texans are a virtual lock to take a linebacker at pick 15, especially if Cushing and Matthews are sitting there.

So I think both teams are considering June their plan ‘B’ for addressing the position.


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Countdown to draft day ’09

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2009 – 5:18 pm

Just wanted to let everyone know that every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings until the draft be sure to go to the media lounge of Buffalobills.com for a position by position preview of the top prospects in this spring’s draft class.

We’ll run down the top 5 at each position with comment and highlights from the players’ college tape. Also on the home page check out our player profiles for something you may not know about some of the top prospects this spring.

We kicked things off Monday with our OLB preview and a profile on Brian Cushing, who could be a possibility for Buffalo in round one at 11.


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Fan Friday 3-27

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2009 – 5:31 pm

Less than a month until the NFL draft. Trying like heck to keep up with your questions. Bear with me. I’ll try to get them all answered before draft weekend.

For those that don’t know questions can be sent to AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Here we go.

1. Hi Chris,
the Bills coaching/personnel staff seem to be saying that they are looking for an every down DE, but would not be averse to taking a situation rusher. If this is the case do they see no future in Chris Ellis? They said they took him last year to be a situational pass rusher, and  being a rookie DE is hard in this league and he was injured, but didn’t they take him for this exact reason last year?
Thanks,
Rafi in Toronto

CB: You raise a good point. Some forget that Ellis is on the roster. Yes, Ellis is viewed as a situational pass rusher. His biggest issue as a rookie was not being strong enough to hold up against the run. I intend to catch up with him this spring and see what he’s done to re-shape his body and get stronger. He is taking part in the offseason conditioning program. Most NFL players make their biggest jump from year one to year two because they get to spend an offseason in an NFL training program rather than prepping for the combine and pro days.

Hopefully it makes a difference for Ellis because with the strong likelihood that the Bills take a pass rusher early, Ellis needs to show improvement or his playing time could be limited again. With respect to you thinking that the staff viewed Ellis as THE answer. He is a possible answer, but because the jury is still out on Ellis and the pass rush production has been subpar (team-wise) the Bills have to get a top flight talent at the position early in the draft as I see it.

 

2. Chris,
One thing I was interested in was the TEs in the draft. Shawn Nelson to me looked like a stud. His physical prowess was obvious, but during some of his workouts, clips of him blocking at the Senior bowl practices were shown and he looked adept against top flight competition. Where do you think he will end up being taken now that the combine has seemed to helped his value? And, do you see him as a potential Bills target? – ie. Would he be an upgrade over Fine and Schouman in pass catching, while still providing adequate blocking skills?
 
Thanks,
 
Dirk Vandewaal
Waterloo Ontario

CB: I share your affinity for Shawn Nelson. He’s a potential game breaker in the passing game. He’s a willing blocker as evidenced by his performance at the Senior Bowl, but he needs a lot of work in that area as most of the tight ends in this class do.

I think his measurables in terms of 40 time, height and length make him a more explosive pass catching option than Fine or Schouman. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be a more reliable player as a rookie. Still he’s likely to come off the board early in the second round. He may or may not be there for the Bills at 42.

 

3. Chris,

I am excited to be celebrating the 50th season of Buffalo Bills and I love the website where fans can vote on the all-time team. My question regards the selection process for the all-timers. Did you have any input when coming up with the parameters and nominees for the all-time team? I am wondering why the guidelines allow for 3 WR’s but only 1 RB to be chosen. This seems a little inequitable to me. 2 WR’s and 1 RB or 3 WR’s and 2 RB’s seems like a better ratio. What do you think?

Scott E.
Greensboro, NC

CB: I don’t disagree with your thinking there. Deciding between Thurman and O.J. was really tough for me. From what I understand they wanted to honor the Bills most prolific offensive era, which was the early 90’s and the K-Gun offense, in which the base formation was a three by one (3 WRs, 1 RB) set. The decision makers also decided to go with the 3-4 defensive front that was popular during the Bruce Smith years, which made choosing between Fred Smerlas and Ted Washington anything but easy. I understand what you’re saying, but those are the parameters.

 

4. Chris,
I was noticing the combine numbers and I could not help but notice the apparent dominance of USC OLB Brian Cushing. With Angelo Crowell gone from the Bills there is a need for a OLB.  I know the Bills need to address the pass-rush but I see Aaron Maybin as too high of a risk at #11 much like Brandon Pettigrew.  I have read that Orakpo has inconsistent effort and that Brown is not exactly a 4-3 guy. 

Cushing came into the combine with a lot to prove, and he answered any questions those had about him.  The Bills are known for their speedy defense and he fits the role perfectly.  This guy could be the most dedicated determined guy coming out of the draft. He, Poz and Mitchell would make up a fast LB corps. 

Pettigrew is too risky at #11 but he would be perfect at #20 just before both the Falcons and Eagles selections; two teams looking for some help at TE.  What do you think?  Is Cushing the right fit for the Bills?
Thanks,
Wade

CB: I think Cushing is a reasonable option at 11. I don’t think that’s a reach for him at all. There’s no question that Maybin carries some risk, and in light of the first year failures of Vernon Gholston last year with the Jets, NFL teams might be a bit gun shy about a one-year wonder. I’m not a fan of Orakpo as I’ve blogged here before, but I do believe in Brown despite his lack of measurables.

But I admit I would not be disappointed at all with Cushing, provided someone like Connor Barwin was snapped up in the second round for the pass rush.

As for Pettigrew I couldn’t agree with you more. Picking him at 11 doesn’t appear like good value, but down around 20 is far more acceptable.

 

5. Chris,
 
What is your opinion on Connor Barwin as a DE selection? He appears to be more explosive, a little bigger, and a little stronger than Everette Brown.
 
Robert Featherstone

CB: I don’t know if Barwin is more explosive than Brown. He is a little bigger, but not really stronger if you look at Brown’s squat and dead lift numbers.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think Barwin has a lot of potential especially after just one season at DE at Cincinnati. But Brown has proven it over time and I know college production doesn’t always translate to the NFL, but having spoken to him at the Combine, there’s just this gleam in Brown’s eye that convinces me he’ll be a player at the pro level. Plus he’s got a fantastic last name.

But if they can’t get Brown or some other top flight pass rusher in the first round, I’d be targeting Barwin with their second pick, and if they got him I’d be satisfied with him with respect to improving the pass rush.


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NFL.com’s Wyche has Bills taking DE Brown

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2009 – 5:09 pm

Not exactly a surprise pick by NFL.com’s Steve Wyche in his latest updated mock draft as he has the Bills taking DE Everette Brown 11th overall.

Personally I’d be very happy with the pick. The only problem is way too many people are expecting Buffalo to take Brown at 11, which can only mean one thing. No way it’s going to happen.

I’ve liked Brown a lot and his numbers over the long haul are undeniable. I’m just getting concerned that with so many mocks pegging him as the Bills pick that it’ll prove too good to be true.

Alternatives with which I’d be happy if it’s not Brown at 11?

Boston College DT B.J. Raji, Penn State’s DE/LB Aaron Maybin, USC’s LB Brian Cushing, Ole Miss’ OT Michael Oher.

Beyond that I’m not crazy about too many other players at 11. I’m a believer in getting your big men early, so that’s why there’s a heavy OL/DL slant with the names above. Let me know who you like at 11 if it’s not Brown.


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Some LB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2009 – 6:35 pm

Here are some 40 times of some notable LBs in the draft. Aaron Curry ran an impressive time of 4.54.

USC’s Brian Cushing ran a 4.64 (unofficial). His teammate Clay Matthews ran a strong 4.59 and their other teammate Kaluka Maiava ran a 4.78. Maualuga as we mentioned in a previous post ran an unofficial 4.83, and pulled up lame right after gearing down from the run. Virginia’s Clint Sintim ran a 4.78.

Ohio State LB Marcus Freeman continued his strong workout with a 4.67. He also had 30 reps on the bench press. James Laurinaitis did not fare as well on his first run, which unofficially was 4.81.

That time is a bit disappointing and likely convinces NFL teams that he’s strictly an inside linebacker.


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