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Good picks for Bills in NFP 3 round mock

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2009 – 1:24 pm

In the latest mock draft from the National Football Post, I like the picks they’ve got marked down for the Bills. However, I’m not confident their third round selection will still be on the board.

In round one they have Buffalo taking the still rising Robert Ayers, who reportedly has impressed in interviews as much as he has on the field. The general feeling among NFL clubs is that his one big year of production as a senior starter is just the tip of the iceberg as opposed to being a one-year wonder. Most talent evaluators feel he’s only going to get better.

In the NFP mock Aaron Maybin is already off the board at 9 to Green Bay so Ayers wouldn’t be a terrible pick at 11. I like Ayers as a player, but 11 seems a bit high for a guy that doesn’t come across as a big pass rush guy. He’s capable, but not dominant. I’m using the 11th pick on a dominant guy.

In round two they’ve got Buffalo taking Duke Robinson from Oklahoma, the consensus top guard in a weak guard class. I wouldn’t be opposed to that in light of hole at left guard right now. The offensive line does have to be shored up.

In round three they’ve got the Bills taking TE Shawn Nelson out of Southern Miss. I like Nelson’s game breaking ability a lot, but I don’t see him on the board in round 3 for Buffalo at pick 75.

That’s why if the Bills get their DE in round one, they’re going to have a big decision to make in round two. Do they address the interior of their offensive line, knowing that there’s not a lot of depth at guard, or do they go for the best of the game breaking talent at tight end?

Personally I’d address the guard position, whether it’s Duke Robinson or LSU’s Herman Johnson. I’m a big believer in getting your big men early.

And the tight end class is deep this year. I still think you can get an athletic tight end at 75 like a Chase Coffman (Missouri) or Cornelius Ingram (Florida), two talented pass catchers coming off injuries.  

Without a stable offensive line, this offense goes nowhere fast, even with T.O. and company. What would you do in round two?


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Florida TE Ingram fares well

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2009 – 1:54 pm

Missing the entire 2008 season due to an ACL injury has made for an uphill battle for Florida TE Cornelius Ingram, but on the heels of a decent combine workout, Ingram did very well at the Gators pro day.

He ran a 4.69 and 4.72 in the 40 and jumped 9’6″ in the broad jump. NFL.com’s Gil Brandt said he also looked sharp in the position drills.

Ingram is an intriguing pass catching prospect and has fallen through the cracks a bit as some only view him as a late 3rd to early 4th round prospect. I think he’s got some game and after helping himself could climb to the top half of the third.

How far he can take his potential at the NFL level is the big question. But talking to him at the combine he’s got a good head on his shoulders and understands route concepts in an offense.


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Florida, Penn St. headline Wed. pro day schedule

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2009 – 3:08 pm

NFL draft prospects at Florida and Penn St. will headline the day which also includes some other top programs around the country.

Cal, Illinois, Michigan St. and N.C. State will all be holding their pro days Wednesday, forcing NFL teams to divvy up their scouting staffs sending them to different parts of the country.

While most eyes will be fixed on Percy Harvin at Florida, I’m interested in seeing what TE Cornelius Ingram (6’4″ 245) can do. A very athletic TE, Ingram missed all of 2008 with a torn ACL, but performed well at the combine considering he was just six months removed from surgery.

In Indy he ran a 4.68, had a 33-inch vertical, a respectable 21 reps on the bench and a good 7.12 second time in the three cone drill. He’ll no doubt be looking to improve on his 40 time another month removed from surgery today, and he’ll need it to move up some boards.

He’s currently viewed as a late third round prospect. A good 40 time could get him to the top half of that round. A former high school QB, he has a good head for the game and is a pass catcher by trade. He’s a potential sleeper coming off that injury knowing he may not be all the way back until NFL training camps start.

At Penn State, you have to believe that Aaron Maybin wants to improve his 40 time from the combine (4.78). He had a great vertical (38 inches) and great broad jump (10’4″) as well as 10-yard speed (1.57) which are good indicators of explosion. But I’d expect him to run the 40 today and do the bench again (22 reps at Indy) to convince scouts he has top end speed to get around the edge and the strength to hold up at the point as a possible 4-3 defensive end.


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Cook posts best 40 time for TEs

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2009 – 7:13 pm

Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson did not disappoint with his 40 time here on Saturday posting a 4.53.

Cal TE Cameron Morrah ran a 4.59, Florida’s Cornelius Ingram had a strong 4.62, which was important coming off his ACL injury. 

Rice’s James Casey ran a 4.71 and WNY native Dan Gronkowski ran a respectable 4.78. Brandon Pettigrew ran a 4.85.

But they were all topped by South Carolina’s Jared Cook who posted the best time of the group, a 4.42. Cook a former receiver had said he was hoping for the 4.4s on Thursday. And he got it.

Cook is a mismatch for defenses in the passing game. He’s projected as a 2nd to 3rd round pick, but this could make him a solid second rounder.


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Florida TE Ingram to work out

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2009 – 10:40 pm

After missing all of Florida’s 2008 National Championship season due to an ACL injury last August TE Cornelius Ingram is eager to prove he’s healthy. When I asked him how he can use this workout forum to prove he’s back, he had a quick quip.

“Pass all the physicals,” said Ingram. “I went through a lot of them already. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but I know my knee is healthy. And this weekend I have to run well and work out pretty decent to show them that I’m back to 100 percent and that’s what I plan on doing.”

Ingram said he will work out, but didn’t confirm that he would do everything on Saturday when tight ends are up.

“I feel great, I’ve been cleared and I’m pretty much thinking about doing everything here at the combine,” said Ingram.

If Ingram can post a good 40-time that’s close to his times which are usually in the mid to high 4.6s he’ll solidify himself as a 3rd round pick. Ironically some scouts compare his athletic ability to that of former Bills TE Kevin Everett.


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