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LeFevour goes to Chicago

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2010 – 1:13 pm

Right after the Bills took Arthur Moats off the board in round six, Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour was next to the Bears.

LeFevour is a winner, but he has a funky delivery. He’s got a good tutor though now in Mike Martz.


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Campbell to the Raiders

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2010 – 9:35 am

Bills are on the clock after Oakland takes physical freak Bruce Campbell. Wondering if Dan LeFevour could be a quarterback option here.


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Best left at positions of need

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2010 – 11:18 pm

There is quality talent still on the board at Buffalo’s perceived positions of need for their pick at 41 in round two.

At offensive tackle
Rodger Saffold – Indiana
Charles Brown – USC
Bruce Campbell – Maryland

At nose tackle
Terrence Cody – Alabama
Linval Joseph – East Carolina
Cam Thomas – North Carolina
Torell Troup – Central Florida

At quarterback
Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame
Colt McCoy – Texas
Dan LeFevour – Central Michigan


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Report: Mixed opinion on LeFevour

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2010 – 12:26 pm

Dan LeFevour’s pro day didn’t draw unanimous positive reviews from those talent evaluators in attendance at Central Michigan today. That according to the TFY Draft Insider. Here’s their report.

Opinions are mixed on the throwing workout of quarterback Dan LeFevour.  His short and intermediate passes were solid but LeFevour struggled throwing the ball downfield.  Receivers were slowing up in their routes to catch the ball and in some instances out-running LeFevour’s deep passes altogether.  One of the participants told us LeFevour had been throwing the ball well in the practices leading up to the pro-day workout and may have been a little too pumped up once the lights went on for pro-day.

The only part of that report that doesn’t add up is the last sentence. If LeFevour was too pumped up I would think he’d be overthrowing receivers because his adrenaline would be pumping. Either way this was a critical day for LeFevour since he chose not to throw at the combine. He stated he wanted to throw to receivers that he was familiar with and “put the best product out there.”

Judging from this report it’s hard to say that he did.


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LeFevour not throwing either

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2010 – 10:47 am

In what is quickly becoming a quarterback meet-and-greet at the NFL Combine, Central Michigan prospect Dan LeFevour is the latest QB who has confirmed he will not throw in Indy later this week.

LeFevour told NFLDraftBible.com that he’ll do every physical test except throwing drills. He’s also undecided as to whether or not he’ll do the bench press.

The former Chippewa intends to throw at his pro day, which is becoming more and more of a common practice for quarterbacks.

Agents generally prefer to have their clients throw at their pro day with receivers that they’re familiar with having been former teammates. It’s all about a comfort zone to put on the best display as possible.


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Fan Friday 2-18

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2010 – 4:16 pm

Our combine coverage is less than a week away. Draft process heating up. Your questions at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Here is this week’s edition.

1 – Chris,

Reports are the Bills are in the market for a new franchise quarterback.  I was curious if the management would look into a QB like Tony Pike out of Cincinnati.  I seen a majority of the games he played in this year. Under Brian Kelly and New UB Coach Jeff Quinn, Pike managed many types of offense.  Not just the spread offense.  I am just curious where he would rank in a draft board.

Jon
CB: You’re right he has played in more than the spread, though it has mostly been spread for him. The concerns with Pike are durability and his competitive nature. He’s rail thin at 6’6” and 210 pounds so he’ll have to add some bulk, but I think he throws a nice ball.

There are some that think Pike is too laid back, but others maintain that he’s just a cool-headed signal caller. I suppose everyone has their own interpretation.

He has had some injury issues, but returned pretty quickly from a broken non-throwing arm in his final collegiate season. The so called experts have him no higher than the 3rd round.

2 – When it comes to the QB position I think Clausen is the only QB in the draft who might make it in the NFL, seriously. Bradford looks way too vulnerable to injury, Tebow has bad mechanics, no pro offense experience, and questionable vision, Pike – no body, mediocre arm, Hiller? Lefevour? McCoy – no arm strength, very spread offense oriented, or Snead coming off a pretty mediocre year, lots of interceptions, etc.?. A trade? For whom: Vick? Chris Redman? Russell? Thigpen? Rosenfels? Who’s out there who’d be worth a trade? It looks pretty bleak from here, thoughts?

CB: I do agree that filling the quarterback position won’t be easy, especially with what I believe is a far more restrictive free agent process. That’s why I think there’s a halfway decent chance Gailey has Trent Edwards as part of the competition at quarterback for 2010. I do believe in some way, shape or form they will add another QB to the mix on this roster to also compete for the starting job.

3 – Hello Chris,
 
Several draft sites have this pick as conditional.
The rumor when the trade was made was that it was a 6th rnd choice.
 
However, can you determine in view of Peters making the pro Bowl whether that pick could,  as conditional, be higher than the 6th rnd?
 
Regards,
Mike

CB: From what I have been told it’s a straight 6th, no conditions. So all together the Bills have nine picks this year, with that extra 6th and an extra 7th from the Ko Simpson trade.

4 – With the defensive scheme still up in the air, can you imagine a draft scenario in which the Bills take Rolando McClain with their pick?
 
Pete Howell
Fairport

CB: I don’t see them taking McClain unless there’s a run on OTs and one of their considerations is not there at 9 and both of the top QBs are also off the board. I like McClain, but you can argue that the Bills already have 2 starting ILBs in Mitchell and Poz.

5 – Hi Chris, Now that Brad Butler is retiring, do you see the Bills having a heavy draft emphasis on the offensive line? Also, with Julius Peppers probably leaving the Panthers, do you see the Bills making an effort to sign him? With the switch to the 3-4, having a marquee player of Peppers level would have a major impact. Your thoughts.
 
Tony, Daytona Beach

CB: I don’t think they have any choice. The only tackles on the roster under contract with playing experience are Demetrius Bell, Jamon Meredith and Kirk Chambers. They absolutely need to re-fortify the position with top flight talent. If they can’t find any in free agency, you can make the argument that they need to draft two offensive tackles, with one ready to start right away and that likely means with your first pick.

As for Peppers I think he’s a pipe dream. Yes, he wants to play in a 3-4, but he’s also going to be looking for upwards of $12-15M per season on a long term deal after playing last season at $16M and change.


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Fan Friday 1-29

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2010 – 4:22 pm

Hard to believe January has come and gone, but we’re less than a month away from the NFL Combine. Let’s get to your questions. Remember you can email your questions to me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Do you have access to challenge flag stats?   Specifically I’m looking to find out how many challenges Dick Jauron lost this past season.

Leif M. Nelson

CB: From what I’ve been able to gather from the NFL database the Bills challenged just three plays all season in 2009, and all three were overturned. So Jauron was 3-for-3. Buffalo had the fewest challenges in the NFL last season. The Packers had the most challenges with 16. Only 11 teams in the league had 10 or more challenges 2009.

2. I was wondering why the Bills never put Maybin at linebacker? He has great speed and good size to play the position. Washington took Orakpo and made him a very productive player at LB and I believe Buffalo should have done the same with Maybin. I know with new coaches coming that things will change. Do you see them looking to make Maybin a LB? My other thought is I would love to see the Bills move Spencer Johnson to full time DE. I think he would be great. He has done a good job at DT but is a little small to play it all the time. He is very quick and would also help make the defensive line get a little bigger and more solid. Your thoughts please.
Thanks
John

CB: I think if the Bills do in fact employ a 3-4 defensive scheme then Maybin will likely be transitioned to outside linebacker because he won’t be a fit as a five-technique DE. Spencer Johnson is perfect fit as a five-technique DE and if they go to the 3-4 you’d get your wish there too. Johnson would move to end. We’ll see how it all plays out when the new defensive coordinator is hired.

3. I believe Dan LeFevour out of CMU is the second coming of Kelly if I ever saw one !! He’s definitely a winner, has played in the elements, and look at the guys stats WOW !! The only college Q.B. to throw for 12000 yards and run for 2500 that’s pretty impressive. Just thought I would throw my two cents in after I saw Tony Pike’s name on one of the Buffalo blogs in a mock draft. After the comeback win in their bowl game too when he started out slow, what do you think about him ??
Mr. T Ft. Myers Fla.

CB: LeFevour broke most of Graham Harrell’s records and Harrell could not cut it in the CFL. He’s a coach at Oklahoma St. now. The guy that is the all time leader in total offense is a former Hawaii QB named Timmy Chang. Also did not make it in the NFL. I’m not saying that LeFevour can’t be a successful NFL player. I’m just saying you can’t be blinded by stats and assume the guy will do it at the top level. Most “experts” consider him a 4th rounder.

As for Pike I think he’s a more promising prospect with better tools. He has a better arm than LeFevour by most accounts. He has to add bulk to his frame because he is rail thin at 6’6″ 212 pounds. He’ll get broken in half in the NFL. There are questions about his passion for the game and he’s been labeled a laid back personality. I don’t know if that fits in Buffalo. He’s been called more of a third round pick.

4. Chris,
Would the Bills have any interest in prying David Carr from the New York Giants?  I think he would be better than anyone we got and a perfect stop gap until we find our franchise QB.  Also, what are the options of the Bills trading Lynch or Evans for draft picks?  I really feel bad for Evans because the guy hasn’t had a quality QB his entire career here.
Thanks,
Ken

CB: The Bills would not have to do any prying. Carr is going to be an unrestricted free agent in March. Personally I’m not a big fan. It’s hard to believe that his performance will be dramatically better than it has been in the past. I know Chan Gailey has proven over the years that he can do more with less, but I’d rather have Trent Edwards than David Carr, provided Edwards returns to more of his 2007 or 2008 form.

As for trading Lynch and Evans, I would say unequivocally no on Evans. Lynch is a bit tougher to figure with the new regime in place. Both Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey mentioned character and Lynch though he’s a gamer on the field has had some off field issues. Whether that is an issue for the Bills new decisions makers remains to be seen.

5. Hey Chris,

I was wondering what you thought about the chances we keep Incognito next yr. From what I saw of him the guy is a football player very physical and tough which is what we were going for when we drafted Eric Wood last yr. Now that we have 2 of the same types of guys at one postion do you maybe see the Bills moving Eric to be the starting center? After all I think that would give us 3 really mean guys in the interior that could give all the big nose tackles we face every year fits. Just wondering if you had any idea on what was going to happen cuase id hate to see a guy as promising as Incognito not playing or even worse get cut from the roster.

Garrett from Pa.

CB: I believe Incognito will be a priority for the team. I thought he fared pretty well for having to come in on the fly and learn the blocking scheme. He’s got the right attitude for playing in this town.

More important is due to the uncertain timetable as to when exactly Eric Wood is going to be back Incognito represents valuable insurance in the event that Wood’s recovery is lengthy.

I should also mention that Incognito is capable of playing center as well and could be a depth option in the pivot behind Geoff Hangartner.


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