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Brown & White combine numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2016 – 10:44 am

The Bills are hosting a pair of free agent players today (Monday) in LB Zach Brown and CB Corey White. We thought we’d take a look back at some of their NFL Combine numbers from when they were drafted in 2012.

Brown has always been a top flight athlete. He ran a 4.5 40 time at the combine at 244 pounds. He also had a 33 1/2-inch vertical and a nine-foot eight-inch broad jump.

While White didn’t run quite as fast as Brown, posting a 4.55 40 time, he had a 37 1/2-inch vertical and a 10’6″ broad jump and a solid 6.72 3-cone drill.


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Clemson’s Shaq Lawson to get medical re-check

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2016 – 1:43 pm

Clemson DL Shaw Lawson had one of his shoulders flagged during the NFL Combine medical exams.

That according to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer.

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Other reports indicate that up to a dozen teams passed Lawson’s shoulder on their medical exams.

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But Lawson’s call back for the medical re-check in Indy in April was requested by a host of other teams. The request isn’t unusual. As we covered in the first installment of our ‘On the Clock’ series, medical re-checks are required for a lot of prospects who were not 100 percent recovered from a surgical procedure, like Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith.

Lawson is forecast as a first-round pick.


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Report: Bills met with QB Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2016 – 9:15 am

The Bills met with a host of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine this past week. Not surprisingly, one was a quarterback according to a report.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Memphis QB Paxton Lynch had a formal interview with the Bills along with about half the league in Indianapolis.

Lynch is widely viewed as part of the second tier of quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class behind top QBs Carson Wentz and Jared Goff.

He may come off the board at the end of round one, but his value might be more suited for round two. While he has enormous upside and all the physical tools at 6-7 and 245 pounds, Lynch played in a shotgun offense and took play calls from the sideline so he’ll need a good bit of development to adjust to the NFL game.

Lynch ran a 4.86 40 time at the combine and had a 36-inch vertical leap.

“Lynch at 6-6 245 with his arm… now what has to happen is he’s got to become a pitcher,” said ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper. “He’s got to be coached up to be a pitcher. He’s a thrower right now. That’s the only thing with Lynch is he just needs some time. He’s young. He’s won a lot of games. When he played really good teams late in the year he struggled.”


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Top DB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 2:43 pm

With the NFL Combine workouts now complete here’s a look at the top 40 times among cornerbacks and safeties.

Cornerbacks
1 – Jonathan Jones – Auburn – 4.33
2 – Anthony Brown – Purdue – 4.35
T3 – Brandon Williams – Texas A&M – 4.37
T3 – Williams Jackson III – Houston – 4.37
5 – Kevon Seymour – USC – 4.39

Safeties
1 – T.J. Green – Clemson – 4.34
2 – Tyvis Powell – Ohio St. – 4.46
3 – Derrick Kindred – TCU – 4.5
4 – K.J. Dillon – West Virginia – 4.53
5 – DeAndre Houston-Carson – William & Mary – 4.54

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Top DL bench reps

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 8:35 am

The bench press is a battle of wills and when the big position groups get under the bar it can be pretty entertaining. Here’s the top five defensive linemen who put 225 up more than anyone else at the NFL Combine.

1 – Chris Mayes – Georgia – 33
T2 – Ronald Blair – Appalachian St. – 32
T2 – Matthew Ianoddis – Temple – 32
4 – Andrew Billings – Baylor -31
T5 – D.J. Reader – Clemson – 30
T5 – Dean Lowry – Northwestern – 30
T5 – Matt Judon – Grand Valley St. – 30

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LB Lee tops position group in 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 8:26 am

It was no surprise that Ohio State LB prospect Darron Lee scorched the 40 at the NFL Combine over the weekend. Forecast as a late-first round pick, it’s Lee’s speed and athleticism that has teams seeing him as a true three down linebacker capable of handling any coverage assignment required of a LB.

A safety in high school, Lee was converted to linebacker when he arrived at Columbus. Weighing in at 232 and running a 4.47 only enhances his stock as there were a handful of teams worried about his playing weight, which was reportedly as low as 219 at times. Running that time and carrying the proper weight solidifies where he’ll go on day 1 of the draft.

“I think getting more speed to those defense, I know a lot of teams are looking for speed,” Lee said. “I feel that’s something I’ll be able to do, me tuning up my technique and becoming more of a linebacker over these next couple of years, that will help me out.”

Here’s a look at the top five 40 times at the linebacker position from the NFL Combine.

1 – Darron Lee – Ohio State – 4.47
2 – Travis Feeney – Washington – 4.50
3 – De’Vondre Campbell – Minnesota – 4.58
4 – Deion Jones – LSU – 4.59
5 – Leonard Floyd – Georgia – 4.6\

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Top DL 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 8:21 am

Here’s a look at the top 40 times for defensive linemen with defensive ends, not surprisingly posting some of the best.

1 – Charles Tapper – Oklahoma – 4.59
2 – Emmanuel Ogbah – Oklahoma St. – 4.63
3 – Kamalei Correa – Boise St. – 4.69
4 – Shaq Lawson – Clemson – 4.7
5 – Matt Judon – Grand Valley State – 4.73

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Top WR 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2016 – 3:15 pm

Here’s a look at the top five 40 times among the wide receivers who worked out at the NFL Combine Saturday.

1 – Will Fuller – Notre Dame – 4.32
2 – Kolby Listenbee – TCU – 4.35
3 – Trevor Davis – Cal – 4.42
4 – Ricardo Louis – Auburn – 4.43
T5 – Malcolm Mitchell – Georgia – 4.45
T5 – Charone Peake – Clemson – 4.45

Among the more notable receivers who did not run were Baylor’s Corey Coleman, South Carolina Pharoh Cooper and Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell.

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Top WR vertical leaps

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2016 – 2:38 pm

An indication of explosiveness, the vertical leap is an important drill at the NFL Combine for wide receivers. Here are the top performers in the vertical leap Saturday among wideouts.

T1 – Josh Doctson – TCU – 41″
T1 – Sterling Shepard – Oklahoma – 41″
3 – Corey Coleman – Baylor – 40.5″
4 – Trevor Davis – Cal – 38.5″
5 – Ricardo Louis – Auburn – 38″

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Top QB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2016 – 2:26 pm

Here are the top 40 times by the quarterback prospects at the NFL Combine Saturday.

Carson Wentz proved he’s more athletic than some might think for a 6-5 quarterback as he ran the second-fastest 40 time. Here’s a look at the top 5.

1 – Jeff Driskel – Louisiana Tech – 4.56
T2 – Trevone Boykin – TCU – 4.77
T2 – Carson Wentz – North Dakota State – 4.77
T4 – Christian Hackenburg – Penn State – 4.78
T4 – Kevin Hogan – Stanford – 4.78

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QB Cardale Jones doesn’t throw

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2016 – 2:00 pm

Ohio State QB Cardale Jones was the only quarterback not to throw Saturday during on field workouts at the NFL Combine. Jones sustained an injury on his second attempt of the 40-yard dash and at that point chose not to participate in the field throwing portion of the workout for quarterbacks.

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No word at this point as to the nature of Jones’ injury. Jones did have a 36-inch vertical leap, tied for best among quarterbacks, and a 4.81 40 time.

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Top OL bench press figures

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 4:49 pm

Here’s a look at the best bench press totals from Friday’s workouts among offensive linemen. Usually the guys with the shorter arms have an edge. In any event here are the top rep totals.

1 – Christian Westerman – Arizona St. – 34
2 – Connor McGovern – Missouri – 33
3 – Stephane Nembot – Colorado – 32
4 – Jason Spriggs – Indiana – 31
T5 – Alex Redmond – UCLA – 30
T5 – Dominique Robertson – West Georgia – 30
T5 – Landon Turner – North Carolina – 30
T5 – Spencer Drango – Baylor – 30
T5 – Joshua Garrett – Stanford – 30

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Top RB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 4:06 pm

Here’s a look at the top running back 40 times from Friday’s workouts at the NFL Combine.

1 – Keith Marshall – Georgia – 4.31
2 – Tyler Ervin – San Jose St. – 4.41
3 – Kenyan Drake – Alabama – 4.45
4 – Daniel Lasco – Cal – 4.46
T5 – Marshaun Coprich – Illinois St. – 4.47
T5 – Ezekiel Elliott – Ohio St. – 4.47
T5 – Wendell Smallwood – West Virginia – 4.47

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So. Carolina WR Cooper not running 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 10:58 am

Yet another NFL prospect has chosen not to run the 40 here at the NFL Combine due to injury. South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper is not going to be put on the clock here at Indy when receivers run on Saturday.

Cooper revealed that he sustained a quad injury during training recently.

“I’m not doing the 40,” said Cooper. “I strained my quad earlier in the process. I tried to get back running last week and it was just too tight. It was about 85 percent but I’ll be doing everything else besides the 40 now.”

Cooper is an intriguing prospect with a versatile skill set. His 40 time was highly anticipated, but scouts will now have to wait for the South Carolina pro day on April 1st.

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OT Tunsil chooses not to run 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 10:22 am

He had told NFL.com’s Gil Brandt that he would run a sub-five second 40 time, an impressive feat for an offensive tackle. But projected top pick Laremy Tunsil has apparently chosen today not to run the 40 at all.

That according to NFL College Football 24/7.

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The impact of this decision is expected to be minimal regarding the Ole Miss tackle’s draft stock, especially being an offensive lineman. He will likely be asked about it in team interviews. The Ole Miss pro day is scheduled for March 28th. No word on whether Tunsil will run at that time.

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Clemson CB to sit out of Combine drills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 9:42 am

Clemson CB prospect Mackensie Alexander is not going to be working out at the NFL Combine over the weekend. Considered to be a late first-round pick by most draft analysts, Alexander won’t do anything on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

That according to NFL Network reporter Rand Getlin.

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Alexander was dealing with an undisclosed leg injury entering the National Title game against Alabama and left the game in the first half. He did not return. No word if that is part of the reason Alexander is choosing to wait to perform on March 10th.

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Playing for Bills fine by baby Gronk

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2016 – 11:35 am

Kansas State FB/H-back Glenn Gronkowski met the media here at the NFL Combine Thursday. After all the questions about his big brother in New England and whether he was on Rob Gronkowski’s party cruise (he wasn’t), Gronk got a chance to talk about making a name for himself and about his hometown team, the Bills.

“Obviously I want to come out here and do the best in everything,” Gronkowski said. “Hopefully make a team, hopefully help a team win and show what I can do and become my own player.”

As for the chance to play for the Bills, Gronkowski said he’d be all for it.

“That’d be awesome,” he said. “Growing up we were at all the Bills games cheering for them and all that. Yeah that’d be awesome to be there. Any team would be a dream come true, but that would be something special.”

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Bills carry over unused ’15 cap space to ’16

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2016 – 9:45 am

The Buffalo Bills currently have the least salary cap room of any team in the league right now. That will obviously change as the start of the new league year on March 9th draws closer. Under the current CBA each NFL club has thet option to carry over unused cap space from the prior League Year and the Bills have done so to improve their current fiscal situation.

The Bills exercised their right to carry over the $4.4M in unused space from the 2015 year to make use of in 2016. Every NFL club carried over at least some of the monies from 2015 available for carry over. Buffalo was just under the league average of $6.4M.

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Henderson illness could push OT need higher

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2016 – 8:16 am

Bills OT Seantrel Henderson missed the last four games of the season with an undisclosed illness. His availability moving forward is still not clear. Jordan Mills is a restricted free agent and Cordy Glenn is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Those three factors could push the need for an offensive tackle even higher for the Bills depending on how all three scenarios play out.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan when asked about that possibility by Buffalobills.com said regardless of what happens they don’t want to inflate positional needs when it comes to draft weekend.

“When you look at our tackle situation obviously we want to get Cordy (Glenn) back,” said Ryan. “He’s a young, outstanding player so we want that to happen. You mentioned Mills and Seantrel Henderson and you didn’t mention (Cyrus) Kouandjio who did some good things for us even at that tight end spot. So there are some issues and things, but if you look at it the other way, where Seantrel can get back and get healthy that would be a big boost for us.

“When you’re dealing with the draft specifically if you go and reach for something that looks like a need that’s when you make mistakes. I know Doug feels the same way. Let’s just stay true to who we are and get the best player for us and not necessarily push up needs.”

As for Henderson’s condition specifically, Ryan expressed hope that Henderson can resume his career.

“I’m hopeful that he can (return),” said Ryan. “Obviously he’s got a personal thing that he’s dealing with, but hopefully he’ll be able to come back. He’s a great talent, a physical talent and hopefully this is just a setback and it’s not something that’s going to affect his career.”

When asked when he or the team might not for sure whether Henderson will be part of the team’s offensive tackle equation, Ryan indicated that they’ll be relying on team doctors for those answers.

“I really have no idea,” said Ryan. “We’ll lean on our doctors, people a lot more qualified than me.”

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Rex: Why Bills are further ahead this offseason

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2016 – 7:32 pm

Entering year two as head coach of the Bills, the offseason lead up to the draft for Rex Ryan hasn’t been nearly as taxing as last season when he was assembling his staff among other things in addition to the offseason responsibilities that tie in with free agency and the NFL draft. That’s why this offseason Ryan feels he and his staff are much further ahead, not only in their preparation for the draft, but with their whole offseason operation.

“It’s a lot easier this year than it was our first year trying to put in new schemes and coaching up coaches,” he said. “Here we’re ahead of the game that way. Still, it’s a process, but I get excited about it. I’m a fan of football. The bad thing about this is you’re going to see a ton of things that you like and you’re not going to be able to have them.”

Ryan is referencing all the talent on hand here at the NFL Combine with deep classes at defensive tackle and cornerback.

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