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LSU LB is “instinctive”-Bills Scout

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 23, 2013 – 8:15 pm

The Buffalo Bills new defense is going to need an influx of linebacking talent. And what better way to re-stock the linebacking corps than this week’s NFL Draft.

One of the team’s top scouts has his eye on LSU Linebacker Kevin Minter. He’s an inside linebacker who met with the Bills at the NFL Combine. In an appearance on The John Murphy Show, Bills Regional Scout Darrell Moody praised Minter’s natural football instincts.

“Very instinctive player,” Moody said. “He’s probably not as fast as some other linebackers in the league, but he makes up for it with his instincts and his savvy. He makes a lot of tackles. You’d like to see him knock more people back when he tackles them. But I think that’s a product of the offenses that they’re going against, there’s so many spread offenses I don’t think you get a chance to square ‘em up as much as you used to.”

Most scouts believe Minter is a solid second round pick this year. The Bills’ Moody has no doubt he’ll be able to play, saying “he will be a very productive player in this league.”

If there’s one negative about Minter, it might be his ability to cover in the passing game. Many NFL teams now expect their linebackers, even the inside backers, to hold their own in coverage.

“He’s not a liability down there (LSU) but he will have to cover better in this league than you do down there,” Moody told host John Murphy.

“This league is a league of mismatches and they’ll make him prove that he can do it. I think he has the ability to do it. Playing against the tight ends and the backs, most of the tight ends and backs. If you got him isolated on an elite back—I would take my chances with Spiller going one-on-one with him—but most of them, I think he’d be OK.”

The entire interview with Darrell Moody is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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Comparing prospects to spouses?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2012 – 8:07 pm

Bills National Scout Darrell Moody had the line of the day when he was asked about the seemingly mixed opinion across the league on what the ideal position was for Buffalo’s second round pick OT Cordy Glenn.

“I think football players are a lot like spouses, what looks good to one doesn’t look good to another,” said Moody. “Obviously he looked good to us and I’m glad he maybe didn’t look good to some of the others.”

Glenn is a player that Buffalo believes can line up and play effectively at left tackle. Other clubs looked at his mass (345 pounds) and automatically pegged him as a guard. Some thought he could only play right tackle, but with massive size and nearly 36-inch arms he should be an effective blind side protector.

 


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McShay mock WR, OT, QB for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2012 – 12:20 pm

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has put together a seven-round mock draft (guy is nuts) and has Buffalo taking a WR, OT and QB in the first three rounds.

McShay takes Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd in round one, followed by Ole Miss OT Bobby Massie in round two and QB Nick Foles from Arizona in round three.

As far as Massie is concerned Bills National Scout Darrell Moody sees Massie as a right tackle only, telling us as much Wednesday.


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Bills scout on Gilmore

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2012 – 7:32 am

South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore is widely considered the second best CB prospect on the board. So what do the Bills think of him? Bills National Scout Darrell Moody filled us in.

“I think he’s a physical player,” Moody said of Gilmore. “I think he’s got excellent size and he has a good body of work. He’s been a three-year starter. He’s played well against the run and pass. I think he can play in bump, cover two and off man and off zone. I think he’s a complete player.”

Gilmore has been mocked in the top 10 meaning there’s a chance he could be off the board as an option for Buffalo at 10.


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Bills scout on Barron

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2012 – 12:21 pm

The Bills have made a handful of their scouts available to the media this week to provide some insight on some of the top prospects. Bills National Scout Darrell Moody gave his thumbnail sketch of Alabama S Mark Barron.

“I think he’s a complete football player,” Moody said. “He has an excellent body of work. He’s been a productive player in a very good league. He’s been a leader on a very good football team. He’s physical against the run. He can play the run from the strong safety position and he can also move to the LB position in the dime packages. He also has good cover skills against tight ends and running backs and I think he’s adequate even against wide receivers.

“He’s like most safeties in coverage. You might want to have a little help behind him against elite receivers. But I think his cover skills for a safety are real good.”

I mocked Barron to the Bills with the 10th overall pick in my seventh annual mock draft today. Based on the way I have the picks falling he’s the best prospect on the board.


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My 2nd rd mock pick for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2011 – 11:34 am

I released my 2011 mock draft on Buffalobills.com this morning. Can’t believe it’s the sixth annual already. I thought with the Bills picking so high in round two (34th – second) I would also submit a second-round mock pick for Buffalo.

In round two I’ve got the Bills taking Florida St. QB Christian Ponder. Here’s what Bills scout Darrell Moody had to say about Ponder.

“We had him at the Senior Bowl,” said Moody. “He’s an intelligent kid with good arm strength. Not great, but good and there are a lot of quarterbacks in this league that have good arm strength instead of great and usually those guys have to anticipate more and not try to throw them into small cracks. I’ll be surprised if he’s not a productive quarterback in this league.

“He’s proven that he can play with some injuries and quarterbacks have to play banged up in this league. He’s a very intelligent kid and athletic enough where he can avoid if he needs to and he’ll help somebody. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes whether he goes in the first round or the second round and a lot of that will depend on how quick those top two go.”

Bills GM Buddy Nix also mentioned Ponder as a consideration beyond their first pick as a player they liked in an interview with 103.3 the Edge Wednesday.


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