Just about every team in the AFC East has now been rumored to be interested in moving up. Yesterday it was the Jets, this morning it was the Bills and now the Patriots, who could be looking to move up close to where the Bills are at 10.
According to NFL.com, New England is looking for the opportunity to move up to 12. Among the players the Patriots are rumored to be interested in are Alabama S Mark Barron, LSU DT Michael Brockers and DE Quinton Coples.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they take a chance on Coples. Bill Belichick has a way of getting players with attitudes or work ethic issues (see: Randy Moss).
Tags: AFC East, Mark Barron, Michael Brockers, Quinton Coples
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Bills players are in town this week for the start of Buffalo’s offseason conditioning program. With their arrival running in concert with the start of the NFL draft, one wonders do players lobby the personnel department on behalf of their former college teammates? Bills head coach Chan Gailey provided me with the answer.
I specifically asked Chan if Marcell Dareus lobbied for any of his former Alabama teammates in an exclusive one-on-one interview today knowing up to five prospects from Nick Saban’s squad could come off the board tonight.
“Those Alabama guys are pretty loyal to each other they are, but there’s not much lobbying going on,” said Gailey. “I think they probably realize that it doesn’t make a difference what they say. They’re pretty good about it. They tell you the truth about the guys when you ask them and we appreciate that. There’s not a lot of lobbying going on.”
Five Alabama players did make pre-draft visits to One Bills Drive. Mark Barron, Dont’a Hightower, De’quan Menzie, Dre’ Kirkpatrick and Trent Richardson.
Tags: 2012 NFL draft, Chan Gailey, De'quan Menzie, Donta' Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick, Marcell Dareus, Mark Barron
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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.
Tags: 2012 NFL draft, Darrell Moody, Mark Barron
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Well fans next week at this time we’ll be tuning up for day of the 2012 NFL draft. Should be interesting as always. Don’t forget my seventh annual mock draft will be up on Buffalobills.com on Wednesday morning this coming week, not that I know any more than the next prognosticator. In any event on to your questions.
1 - Chris,
I assume that with Demetrius Bell gone, the Bills will use pick #10 for an offensive left tackle. Despite the best efforts of Chris Kelsay, I thought that our outside linebacking last season was very poor. Do you see the Bills selecting a linebacker in the second round and, if so, who might that be?
CB: I’m having trouble convincing myself that any of the top offensive tackles beyond Matt Kalil will be considered worthy (value-wise) of the 10th pick. I don’t debate the Bills need to add a starting-caliber left tackle to the roster, but Buddy Nix doesn’t stray from his board. If they don’t believe the value is right for a Cordy Glenn or Jonathan Martin at 10 they’re not going to take him.
That being said I think a real option for them at 10 is Boston College LB Luke Kuechly. There is a noticeable drop off after him. Now the history of linebackers drafted in the top 15 has not been kind in recent years, with Jerod Mayo the only true success story. But this guy looks like a pretty safe pick and is capable of playing all three linebacker positions in Buffalo’s defense according to Nix.
Offensive tackles you might be able to get in the second round include Ole Miss’ Bobby Massie and Iowa State’s Kelechi Osemele. Linebackers in the second round Nebraska’s Lavonte David, Utah State’s Bobby Wagner and maybe Boise State’s Shea McClellin though he might sneak into the first.
2 - Hi Chris,
Obviously, as a Bills fan I am ecstatic about the acquisition of Mario Williams. He is a huge piece to the puzzle that is our defense. Also, with Williams coming to the defense, that allows Buffalo to go a lot of different directions with their first pick in this year’s draft. And I know that everyone will have their opinion about what they should do. My question is: I know the philosophy is a “best player available” approach, but what do you think the possibility is that they would maybe trade back and maybe pick up an extra pick or 2 and to not “reach” for a player they are interested in?
Thanks for all of your coverage of the Bills. It’s a lifesaver for those not in the WNY area.
Chris from Orlando
CB: I asked Buddy whether they would pursue the option of trading down or let teams come to them. He told me there has been dialogue with other teams, but did not divulge whether the Bills were the ones doing the calling. If Miami passes on Ryan Tannehill at 8, then Buffalo’s pick becomes a lot more attractive to teams with a quarterback need that are further down in the round. At this point I’d be surprised if they didn’t take Tannehill, knowing his former head coach at A&M is the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins now (Mike Sherman) and will be running the same offense.
But the way Buddy put it to me is they’ll consider it. Just keep in mind, Buddy by nature doesn’t like to move up and down the board. He likes to sit where he’s at and make his picks. Talking to him this week he feels pretty confident they’re going to get a very good player at 10.
3 – Hi Chris,
I congratulate the Bills for their aggressiveness in obtaining two very good football players on defense. My concern is the fact that they have ignored their need for a good number 2 receiver opposite Stevie Johnson. Buddy Nix said after they had acquired Mario Williams, that they had good receivers. Is it possible that they are waiting for the draft? Looking at the upcoming draft, and the WR draft candidates, it appears that maybe Brian Quick from Appalachian St, and Rueben Randle from LSU would fit the Bills needs ( I do not see the Bills getting Justin Blackmon). In addition, even though Ryan Fitzpatrick is the unquestioned starter, would it be fair to say that the Bills should draft a quarterback? G.J. Kinne from Tulsa looks like he could be a Ryan Fitzpatrick clone. What are your thoughts?
Tony, Daytona Beach, Fl
CB: I think a WR will be drafted somewhere in the first three rounds. Randle and Quick are both players I believe the Bills see as fits in their offense along with a host of other prospects. Buddy said at the draft luncheon that he’d like to draft a QB every year if there weren’t other more pressing needs. I think there’s a realistic chance they take one, but if it’s before round 3 I’d be very surprised. Believe round 4 is where it’ll happen. Just a guess.
4 - Hey Chris – Are the Bills really going after an Offensive Line player in the 2012 draft?
It seems like a wasted pick, especially in a top 10 situation. What teams go to the superbowl drafting Offensive Lineman in the first round.?
Take for instance Miami who drafted Jake Long #1 overall. Sure Jake is a great player, but in 2012 Miami was 3rd in the league in sacks allowed in Jakes 3rd year. Miami could have drafted Matt Ryan in at least been a playoff contender. I think lineman on the offensive side can be picked up late in 1st round or 2nd and 3rd… not a top 10 pick. Come on man.
With so much talent out there at WR , DE, CB .. I just dont think that’s a smart choice for Buffalo at #10, when they need more Big time play makers.
What do you think Buffalo should do at #10 . are they really serious about OL ?
CB: The need at left tackle would appear to indicate the urgency to take one at 10. I’m okay with them taking a tackle like Jonathan Martin or Cordy Glenn there, but I’m not convinced they have them graded that high. So I don’t think it’s a lock by any means that they take a tackle at 10.
I think the other positions in play at 10 for Buffalo will be CB, LB and possibly WR, though I’m not convinced they have Floyd graded as top 10 worthy either.
One wild card I’d like to offer as well is S Mark Barron. I think if he’s on the board he’s a realistic consideration for Buffalo at 10. He’s not at a need position, but he’s considered one of the best safeties to come along in a while. If the Bills hold true to their best on the board philosophy I think he’s in play at 10.
5 - Hi Chris,
Big Bills Fan here from NJ,,,,I’m thinking Bills are looking to take a LT at #10,,I like Mike Adams out of Ohio St,,,He’s a big kid at 6’7 325 could a new addition to our o-line,,,I’m also thinking of the Bills moving Andy over at LT ..and maybe draft David Decastro OG from Stanford,,,,Myself . I’m thinking Upshaw from Bama ,we also need LB esp, OLB,,,,what do you think ,,,Thanks
CB: I don’t see Adams, DeCastro or Upshaw as options at 10 for Buffalo. Adams and Upshaw are not fitting of the value at 10. In fact at best both will be last first round picks. Adams could even slip into round 2 despite prototype measurables. There are no plans to put Levitre at LT full time.
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