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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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Nix’s thoughts on where Floyd ranks

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2012 – 7:10 am

Just what do the Bills think of Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd?

In an interview between Channel 7′s Jeff Russo and myself with GM Buddy Nix in the Bills Draft Special that will air on WKBW-TV Channel 7 on Thursday at 7, we asked the Bills personnel boss if he thought Floyd was a top 10 pick.

“I think he’s a first round pick for sure,” said Nix. “To me whether it’s 10 or 20 doesn’t bother me that much. If a guy is going to come in and start for us and upgrade our team it doesn’t matter to me whether we take him 18th or take him 10th.”

To hear more from Buddy Nix, NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly and Bills head coach Chan Gailey, be sure to watch the Bills Draft Special tonight (Thursday) at 7pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7 right before round one of the 2012 NFL draft.


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Nix: 1 of top 2 WRs should be on board

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2012 – 11:38 am

A lot of mock drafts have given the Bills a wide receiver with the 10th overall pick. Appearing on a live chat on Buffalobills.com, Nix was asked if he thought Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd would be on the board when the Bills are on the clock. Here was his answer.

“I think one of them will be there. I’ll leave it at that,” said Nix. 

Most are assuming it will be Floyd with many draftniks listing Blackmon as the higher ranked player. Whether the Bills pull the trigger and take a wide receiver is another story.

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WR Floyd: No recent contact with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2012 – 12:06 pm

Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday morning and was asked about the level of contact he has had with the Bills and the Jaguars, two clubs he’s been projected to go to in a number of mock drafts.

According to SiriusXM NFL Radio host Adam Schein, Floyd indicated he’s had no contact with Buffalo for a while.

Adam Schein ‏Floyd says he hasn’t had any contact with Jacksonville or Buffalo since the Combine. But stresses he would fit in well with Bills.

Although Floyd did not have a pre-draft visit with Buffalo, Bills GM Buddy Nix did confirm last week that he met with Floyd at the combine and at the Notre Dame pro day.

According to Schein, Floyd also said he had a great visit with the New York Jets and believes he’d be a great fit in their offense as well.


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Fan Friday 4-20

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2012 – 12:32 pm

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?

Paul B.
Lancaster


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.

Thanks,
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 ?

Thanks
- Scott

 

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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Nix: Can get good WR in 3rd or 4th

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2012 – 8:42 am

Bills GM Buddy Nix appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Thursday morning and expanded on his comments from Wednesday’s draft luncheon that a quality wide receiver can be found after round one in the 2012 NFL draft.

“You look at the number of wide receivers that have played great in this league and when they were drafted, Steve Johnson for example, drafted in the seventh round,” said Nix. “Victor Cruz was undrafted. We think you can get a good sized speed receiver in the third or fourth round.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Bills are ruling out a player like Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, but it does afford the Bills flexibility in addressing their needs with the knowledge that a quality receiver could be had on day 2 of the draft.


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Don’t dismiss those who didn’t visit

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2012 – 8:39 am

The Bills had a total of 30 prospects make pre-draft visits to One Bills Drive. While it certainly demonstrates interest on the Bills’ part to know more about those players, Bills GM Buddy Nix warns that prospects that weren’t on that visit list shouldn’t be dismissed as prospects of interest.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Thursday morning, Nix said whoever the 10th pick is they most likely will have visited with them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a pre-draft visit.

“At the number 10 pick there’s a 99 percent chance we have visited with him,” said Nix. “The difference is we visit with them at a lot of different times. When we’re at the Combine there is a room set up with tables for each team. Every player is scheduled to be in that room when he’s not working out or getting medical. He has to be in that room. All of our position coaches are in there at the table with a couple of scouts getting players for them. They bring them in and set them down at the table and the coaches interview them. That takes care of all the players at the Combine. Then at night we pick 60 guys that they bring in to our room at the hotel and we interview those 60.

“Then when we come back home we’re allowed to bring in 30 guys. Plus when I go to workouts I’ll have a set time to meet with guys one-on-one and we go 30 minutes and our scouts do the same thing. I don’t think we’ll miss more than one prospect every two or three years.”

Nix was then asked about whether he met with Iowa OT Riley Reiff and Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd, who were not on Buffalo’s pre-draft visit list at One Bills Drive.

“I spent time at the Combine with both of those guys,” said Nix. “I went to Notre Dame and visited with him for practice and to do tape on him. I talked to everybody about him. You can’t rule a guy out because we haven’t done this or that. We know Michael Floyd and we know Riley Reiff. Just because a guy wasn’t on the 30 visit list doesn’t mean you can rule him out.”


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King’s mock has WR to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2012 – 11:24 am

SI.com’s Peter King has put out his mock draft and he’s got Buffalo taking a wideout.

For those that have been avidly following the draft analysis since January they can probably guess who King has pitted to the Bills at 10. Here’s what he wrote.

10. BILLS

WILL PICK
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

SHOULD PICK
Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Buffalo will break the Cardinals’ hearts by stealing Floyd to pair with Stevie Johnson and give quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a true second weapon and bona fide deep threat. But I’d rather have the kind of enforcer in the secondary that so many teams covet. The 6’1″, 213-pound Barron is a player whom multiple teams will try to trade up to get.

Floyd is a very realistic possibility for Buffalo at 10, and I believe a solid pick at that point in round one. For those that might be wondering I’ll have my mock draft out next Wednesday, April 25th at 7 am on the home page of Buffalobills.com.


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McShay: Bills in tough spot at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2012 – 12:39 pm

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay recently had the Bills taking Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd with the 10th overall pick in his latest mock draft this week, but he feels the value in the middle of round one this year is very mixed. Having a top 10 pick is usually a great opportunity to get a top flight talent, but in McShay’s mind in this particular draft it puts the Bills in a difficult position.

“When you look at the Bills, yes, offensive tackle is a huge need, but are they going to pull the trigger that high? That’s the problem,” said McShay Friday on a national conference call. “Anyone can sit here and say they can trade back. I don’t know that they can. I don’t know that anyone wants to move up to number 10 because my thought about this draft is what you get a 9, 10, 11, 12 is what you’re going to get at 17, 18, 19, 20. I think there’s a drop-off, but there’s a lot of depth in the middle of the first round.”

Knowing NFL clubs would have to pay a respectable price to move into the top 10, weighing the cost to do so against the marginal drop-off in talent makes it unlikely that teams picking in the teens or early 20′s would do so unless some major prospect slips as McShay sees it.

In fact McShay in picking Floyd for the Bills didn’t like the choice and agonized over it, further convincing him that Buffalo could have a tough choice at 10 knowing their positional needs, in his mind, don’t fit the value of prospects on the board at those positions. 

“I gave them Michael Floyd the receiver from Notre Dame and I hated it at the time and I struggled with it. It held me up for about a half hour before I decided to just plug him in there. I don’t know that they want to do that. It’s no more a reach to take Floyd at 10 than it is to take (Jonathan) Martin or any of the other offensive tackles. For a team that’s done such a great job drafting and in free agency the past couple of years, they’re in a tough spot. I’m intrigued to see how they get out of it and what they’re able to get from that number 10 pick.”

Of course how the Bills might have players valued could very well be completely different from analysts like McShay and Kiper and be pretty happy with the value they feel will be there when they’re on the clock. Only the Bills personnel department knows for sure.


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McShay mock goes WR for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2012 – 11:35 am

It’s become more and more popular with some of the more recent mock drafts, and ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay is leaning in that direction as well. After a bevy of offensive tackle picks at 10 for Buffalo, McShay goes wide receiver.

In McShay’s fourth mock draft he has the Bills taking Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd. Here’s what he wrote.

 
10. Buffalo – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Floyd is a bit of a reach here, but no more so than OTs Mike Adams and Jonathan Martin. It’s a tough call on the Bills’ top two needs in this scenario, and they could look to trade down in a situation like this. They could also pull the trigger on a value pick such as Coples.

Floyd is widely considered the second best receiver in the draft class after Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon. With 4.47 speed and a 6’3″ 220-pound frame he could certainly be an option to line up opposite Stevie Johnson on the outside. Whether the Bills see him as proper value for the 10th overall pick is the big question.

Perhaps even more interesting is McShay has Buffalo taking Brock Osweiler, the quarterback from Arizona State in round 2 with the 41st overall pick. Osweiler did meet with the Bills at the NFL Combine, but so did a host of other players including QB Robert Griffin III.


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Fan Friday 3-23

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2012 – 11:19 am

The NFL draft is just about a month away. Let’s get to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 - Hey CB,

Thanks for all of your hard work reporting on the Bills–it’s really appreciated.  I was just wondering if you could layout the off season calendar from OTAs to Training camp and explain the new guidelines under the new CBA opposed to years past? 

Thanks,
Aaron
NYC
CB: You can find all the OTA and minicamp dates right here. As far as OTAs go players can only go against “air.” In other words no offense vs. defense, no kickoff team vs. kick return team. Team drills can only be run against air and there are no one-on-one drills allowed either. Also during the first phase of OTAs there are no helmets worn and obviously no pads or shells without any live contact.

In the second phase of OTAs helmets can be worn, but there is still no live contact and therefore no pads or shells. A maximum of 10 practice days can be scheduled over this three week period, with no more than three days over each of the first two weeks.

For the mandatory minicamp coaches can have two-a-days on two of the three total practice days, but there are still no contact drills or use of pads allowed.

So in summation contact drills, unit vs. unit drills and one-on-one drills are now prohibited.  

And per the CBA each team is required to film all of these OTAs and minicamp practices and hold onto them until a month into the regular season in case the league wants to review them to make sure the rules are being followed.

2 – Chris,

I could use some clarification on how the salary caps works under the new CBA.  My understanding is that the salary cap is the most that a team is allowed to spend on player contracts, and under the new CBA that was reached last year, every team has to spend up to 99% of the cap beginning in the 2012 season.  I also understand that teams that were under the cap last year have the ability to roll that money over to next season to spend extra money.

Any additional info on this topic would be greatly appreciated. 

-Brendan
Las Vegas

 

CB: The way it was outlined in the new CBA was confusing to a lot of people because the league talked about collective team spending and then in the next breath individual team spending. It kind of muddied the waters with respect to what each team has to commit to spending-wise. I’ll try to present it as simply as I can (no easy task).

League-wide there has to be commitment to cash spending of 99 percent of the cap in 2011 and 2012. That means all the teams collectively. If the league’s 32 teams fail to reach the 99 percent level then the league has to make up the difference.

In 2011 and 2012 there is no salary cap floor (minimum). That does not kick in until 2013. At that point each individual club is committed to cash spending of 89 percent of the cap from 2013-2016 and 2017-2020. 

For the 2013-2016 seasons, and again for the 2017-2020 seasons, the clubs collectively will commit to cash spending of at least 95 percent of the cap. Again if the 32 teams do not reach that figure the league makes up the difference.

So starting next offseason there is technically a salary cap floor for all NFL clubs (89% of cap), but as far as the higher percentage, that’s a figure the league’s teams have to reach collectively.

The most important thing to remember is it’s not cap space, it’s cash spent by the clubs. That adds up a lot quicker than cap space knowing contracts with respect to the cap can be spread out over the length of the deal. Hope that all makes sense.

 

3 - Chris,

These two months of speculation of the draft are like sitting in a closed room, watching the walls of its paint dry. I am impressed with your tenacity for finding new information and working your sources for the fans of the Bills. I wonder how many Bills fans are aware that we could have picked Ron Gronkowski in the second round of 2010, instead we picked DT Torell Troup. Belichick had the next pick and he rewarded his Pats with what turned out to be the best TE in the business. I’m sure Buddy hasn’t forgotten that snafu as another draft approaches.

There are some really good quality picks for TE in the early second round. Did you think Buddy will take a chance on one of them? And who do you think is the best pick between Dwayne Allen, Orson Charles or the Stanford TE? It’s high time the Bills paid respect to a such versatile position with a huge upside.

Go Bills!
Buffalo Bill

CB: First, I wouldn’t call taking Torell Troup a snafu. Yes, Gronkowski has panned out to be a tremendous talent, whose value has largely been maximized by a very good coach and outstanding quarterback. Troup has been mired by a persistent back problem his first two seasons, but with his back issues rectified I think he’ll prove to be a solid contributor. Only time will tell.

As for the TE position this year, Stanford’s Coby Fleener is the most complete. After clocking a 4.45 at his pro day he’s probably not going to be there in round two. That leaves Dwayne Allen from Clemson and Orson Charles from Georgia. Both are lacking a bit in size, and some NFL scouts consider them H-backs more than true tight ends.

I believe Allen’s hands are a little better than Charles’, but both are pretty good blockers. Allen looks a bit stronger physically than Charles. Both have good intangibles. I think it’s going to come down to whether a team wants a more versatile TE or not. If they want versatility I think Charles can line up in more places than Allen. Allen however, is stronger and a more natural pass catcher.

Both could come off the board in round 2.

 

4 - Chris,

Love the Bills’ coverage year round. There seems to be changes in the wind with the 10th pick. It appears they might lean towards Left Tackle. But at that spot, is that the best player available? Reiff and Martin both have concerns. I know they would like to add a tackle but both players have just as much risk as Ingram, Coples, and Upshaw. I would like to see them trade down or draft Floyd from ND. A sure handed big receiver with speed. Floyd would be a great addition across from Stevie and give Fitz targets. What’s your assessment on Floyd, LT.  Need vs value at pick 10?

CB: This is the great debate for the Bills heading into the draft. Reiff and Martin are widely viewed as players worthy of coming off the board between 10 and 15. Floyd has enhanced his overall stock with a solid Combine workout and squeaky clean senior year off the field.

Truthfully the debate isn’t need versus value. They need a starting left tackle and a number two wide receiver. The question is what is Buffalo’s draft grade on Martin, Reiff and Floyd? If the grades are close I think they pull the trigger at left tackle because they need a starter there. It’s harder and harder to find a capable starting left tackle with each passing round. This draft is deep at receiver and you can arguable get a quality player in round three, though he won’t have 4.47 speed that Floyd possesses.

What we also need to remember is if the grades on Martin, Reiff and Floyd are not close to that of the 10th pick Buffalo could trade down from there and re-group presumably armed with an additional pick.

 

5 - Hi Chris,

I know that Buddy and Chan want a deep threat that is open even when he isnt, and they dont see a pass rusher at 10, would it not make sense to go after Mike Wallace, if they gave him enough money in year 1 Pittsburg wouldn’t be able to sign him and they would have the scariest deep threat in the league, which should open things underneath for everyone else to shine even brighter
                                       
Thanks from North of the Border

CB:  I think the premise of your thought is a good one. You know what Mike Wallace is being a proven deep threat in the NFL. However, where things get sticky is in the money you would have to commit to Wallace. After committing number one receiver dollars to Stevie Johnson there’s no way they’d be able to do the same with Wallace, who will absolutely be looking for big, big money.

When you consider the fact that the Bills told Robert Meachem to take the four-year $25.9M deal from San Diego, it was an indication that $6.5M per season for their number two receiver is too steep a price as they see it. You’re not getting Mike Wallace for less than $6.5M per season so it makes giving up the 10th pick not worth it. I’m sure the Bills would love to have Wallace, but I don’t see Buffalo willing to accommodate Wallace’s contract demands after what went down with Meachem.


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