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Rex: Whaley reminds me of young Newsome

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2016 – 5:38 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was getting hit up for leads on the way the Bills might be leaning with their top pick at 19th overall. Ryan was honest with his answer knowing GM Doug Whaley’s approach to the draft each and every year. Whaley isn’t affected by positional needs his team has. He goes with the value the team’s draft board provides and takes the best player. That’s why Ryan sees a lot of Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome in Whaley.

“The thing about Doug Whaley and he showed it last year is he’s going to draft the best player for our football and he won’t force a need,” said Ryan. “If you go chase a guy and elevate a guy over other good football players that’s where mistakes are made. If you end up taking the best player that usually works out well for you. We did it in Baltimore for years under Ozzie Newsome.

“I compare Doug Whaley to really a young Ozzie Newsome the way he looks at players and things. So I think we’re in good hands and we’ll get a good football player regardless of a need area or not I’m confident we’ll end up with a really good player.”

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OT Tunsil has different goals

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2016 – 4:53 pm

Since he’s been forecast by a host of draftniks of being the top pick in the 2016 NFL draft, it was only natural for the media to ask him at the NFL Combine on what he thinks about possibly being the top pick in the draft.

“Everybody wants to be the number one pick,” said Tunsil. “It’s been my goal since i was a kid, so it’d be great if it happens.”

Tunsil was also asked what he wants to work on with respect to his game. The Ole Miss offensive tackle gave an unexpected answer. While most would talk about some aspect of their play, Tunsil focused on his leadership.

“I’m working on being more vocal,” he said. “In case you haven’t noticed I’m a shy guy. So being more vocal is something I’m working on.”

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Report: All QBs invited to Combine will throw

Posted by Chris Brown on February 18, 2016 – 10:57 am

Some of the top quarterback prospects in recent years who were invited to the NFL Combine chose not to throw. The last couple of years however, almost all QBs, highly touted or not, have participated. Next week all 15 quarterback invites will fully participate in the throwing drills during the workouts in Indianapolis.

That according to YahooSports Charles Robinson.

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Here’s the list of quarterbacks who will be at the NFL Combine next week including the three “throwing quarterbacks” who will help coaches with the drills for other position players during the workouts.

QBs
Brandon Allen, Arkansas
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, North Carolina State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky
Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech
Jared Goff, California
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Cardale Jones, Ohio State
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
Vernon Adams (throwing QB), Oregon
Joel Stave (throwing QB), Wisconsin
Josh Woodrum (throwing QB), Liberty


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Ohio St. & Notre Dame top Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 2:33 pm

More than 100 colleges and universities will be represented by prospects at the 2016 NFL Combine, but there are a handful of schools with more representation than most.

Topping the invite list at this year’s Combine is Ohio State with 14 Buckeyes invited to Indianapolis. Notre Dame had the second-most invites with 10. Alabama and UCLA each had nine.

As one can see below the SEC conference still dominates in terms of number of Combine invites with nine SEC schools getting five invites or more. Five Pac-12 schools, four ACC schools, four Big 12 schools and three Big 10 schools had five invites or more.

Top NFL Combine invites by school
Ohio State – 14
Notre Dame – 10
Alabama – 9
UCLA – 9
Auburn – 8
Clemson – 8
Florida – 8
Georgia – 8
Michigan St. – 7
Oklahoma – 7
USC – 7
Arkansas – 6
Baylor – 6
Florida St. – 6
Mississippi St. – 6
Ole Miss – 6
Stanford – 6
Texas A&M – 6
TCU – 6
Utah – 6
West Virginia – 6
LSU – 5
Miami – 5
N.C. State – 5
Oregon – 5
Penn St. – 5


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NFL Combine invite list released

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 2:08 pm

Here’s the breakdown of the 2016 NFL Combine invite list by position just released today by the league.

A total of 331 college prospects were invited to this year’s Combine, which is on the high side. Not surprisingly, in a draft that’s said to be very deep at defensive line there are 59 defensive linemen scheduled to be in Indianapolis. Wide receiver and cornerback are the top two individual position groups in terms of numbers with 43 and 35 respectively.

Here are the position breakdowns by number. The NFL Combine begins in Indy on Wednesday Feb. 23, and we’ll have full coverage on Buffalobills.com presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

QB – 18
RB – 29
WR – 43
TE – 15
OT – 25
G/C – 28
DT – 31
DE – 28
ILB – 15
OLB – 27
CB – 35
S – 24
K – 6
P – 6
LS – 1

 


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Report: TCU’s Boykin invited to combine as QB

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 10:05 am

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is not seen by many NFL talent evaluators as a legitimate quarterback prospect in the pros, but Boykin will get the opportunity to change some minds at the NFL Combine.

According to Draft Insider, Boykin has been invited to the NFL Combine later this month in Indianapolis and will be one of the quarterbacks. Boykin has been training to make a transition to wide receiver, a move that many scouts have recommended as his best path to a pro career.

At this point however, Boykin will not be running any routes or catching any passes at the Combine. That will have to happen at the TCU pro day and in personal workouts.


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NFL Combine: no prospects with criminal convictions

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2016 – 10:57 am

The NFL Combine could wind up having fewer prospects on hand later this month after the league announced via memo to its 32 member clubs that college players with misdemeanor or felony convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses won’t be invited.

Also players who refuse to submit to a background check will not be invited. Those players with convictions would not be allowed to attend the NFL draft as the memo reportedly stated that the policy applies to “any league-related event.”

According to a USA Today report, NFL Executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent wrote the following in his memo in reference to the policy.

“It is important for us to remain strongly committed to league values as we demonstrate to our fans, future players, coaches, general managers, and others who support our game that character matters.”

Players who fall into this category are permitted to participate in pro days, personal workouts and regional combines.


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Michigan St. CB tops in the 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2015 – 3:21 pm

There weren’t too many sub-4.4 40 times turned in by the defensive backs on the last day of on field testing at the NFL Combine, but Michigan State’s Trae Waynes, considered one of the top corners in the draft class did not disappoint.

Waynes posted the fastest 40-time with a 4.31 Monday. Here’s a look at the top 10 40 times by the DBs.

1 – CB TRAE WAYNES – MICHIGAN ST. – 4.31
2 – FS JUSTIN COX – MISSISSIPPI ST.- 4.36
3 – CB RONALD DARBY – FLORIDA ST.- 4.38
T4 – CB CHARLES GAINES – LOUISVILLE – 4.44
T4 – CB DORAN GRANT – OHIO ST.- 4.44
T4 – CB CRAIG MAGER – TEXAS ST.- 4.44
T4 – CB JOSH SHAW – USC – 4.44
T8 – FS ERIC ROWE – UTAH – 4.45
T8 – CB D’JOUN SMITH – FLORIDA ATLANTIC – 4.45
T10 – CB SENQUEZ GOLSON – MISSISSIPPI – 4.46
T10 – FS DAMARIOUS RANDALL – ARIZONA STATE – 4.46

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Clemson pass rusher Beasley a workout winner

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2015 – 10:18 am

Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley was expected to test well being an elite level athlete, and at the NFL Combine he did not disappoint.

Beasley was one of the top performers in almost every on field event for the linebacker group. He ranked in the top five in each of the following categories.

40 yard dash – 1st – 4.53
Bench press – 1st – 35 reps
Vertical leap – 3rd – 41 inches
Broad jump – 3rd – 10-feet 10-inches
20-yd shuttle – 4th – 4.15 seconds

Beasley has played both defensive end and outside linebacker in college, but projects to linebacker in the NFL. He’s got 25 sacks over his last two seasons and projects as a first-round pick.

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Top 10 LB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2015 – 10:07 am

Here were the top 40 times for the linebacker group at the NFL Combine.

1 – OLB VIC BEASLEY – CLEMSON – 4.53
2 – OLB KWON ALEXANDER – LSU – 4.55
T3 – ILB STEPHONE ANTHONY – CLEMSON – 4.56
T3 – OLB BUD DUPREE – KENTUCKY – 4.56
5 – ILB BEN HEENEY – KANSAS – 4.59
T6 – OLB DANTE FOWLER, JR. – FLORIDA – 4.60
T6 – ILB BRYCE HAGER – BAYLOR – 4.60
T6 – OLB ELI HAROLD – VIRGINIA – 4.60
T9 – ILB ERIC KENDRICKS UCLA – 4.61
T9 – OLB EDMOND ROBINSON – NEWBERRY – 4.61


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Jeremy Langford tops RB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2015 – 3:12 pm

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is the consensus top back in the draft this year, but on Saturday he was beaten out for the title of fastest back in the draft by one of his Big 10 rivals.

Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford ran the fastest 40 time among the running backs posting a 4.43 at the NFL Combine.  Here’s the top 10 list for running backs.

1 – JEREMY LANGFORD – MICHIGAN ST. – 4.43
2 – KARLOS WILLIAMS – FLORIDA STATE – 4.48
3 – TREY WILLIAMS – TEXAS A&M – 4.49
4 – DAVID JOHNSON – NORTHERN IOWA – 4.5
5 – MELVIN GORDON- WISCONSIN – 4.52
6 – CAMERON ARTIS-PAYNE – AUBURN – 4.54
T7 – JAVORIUS “BUCK” ALLEN – USC – 4.55
T7 – DUKE JOHNSON – MIAMI – 4.55
9 – MICHAEL DYER – LOUISVILLE – 4.58
T10 – AMEER ABDULLAH – NEBRASKA – 4.61
T10 – B.J. CATALON – TCU – 4.61
T10 – MIKE DAVIS – SOUTH CAROLINA – 4.61
T10 – MARCUS MURPHY – MISSOURI – 4.61

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Top 10 WR 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2015 – 1:42 pm

Here’s a look at the top wide receiver 40 times from the workouts Saturday at the NFL Combine. Top wideouts Amari Cooper and Kevin White both ran well in the 40.

1 – J.J. NELSON – UAB – 4.28
2 – PHILLIP DORSETT – MIAMI – 4.33
T3 – CHRIS CONLEY – GEORGIA – 4.35
T3 – TYLER LOCKETT – KANSAS ST. – 4.35
T3 – KEVIN WHITE – WEST VIRGINIA – 4.35
6 – KENNY BELL – NEBRASKA – 4.40
7 – TRE MCBRIDE – WILLIAM & MARY – 4.41
T8 – AMARI COOPER – ALABAMA – 4.42
T8 – DEVIN SMITH – OHIO ST. – 4.42
T10 – MARIO ALFORD – WEST VIRGINIA – 4.43
T10 – SAMMIE COATES – AUBURN – 4.43

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Louisville DE used Bills LB Brown as example

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 4:46 pm

Louisville DL Lorenzo Mauldin is here at the NFL Combine. He’s listed as an outside linebacker since he’s probably a tweener at the NFL level. He had 20.5 sacks in his three years with the Cardinals. He also spent two seasons as a college teammate of Bills LB Preston Brown, and Buffalo’s former third-round pick had an impact on him.

“When I first got to Louisville Preston Brown was one of the first guys I watched and looked at,” said Mauldin. “The veterans taught me how to play the game. Watching Preston play his game and watching him go 110 percent in practice made me want to go 110 percent. So trying to emulate them as a freshman I thought would convince the coaches that I was ready to go 110 percent too.”

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Top OL bench press totals

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:41 pm

The offensive line bench press figures are in. Here’s the top 10 from the NFL Combine workouts today.

1 – OT ERECK FLOWERS – MIAMI – 37
2 – OG MITCH MORSE – MISSOURI – 36
3 – OT SEAN HICKEY – SYRACUSE – 35
4 – OG MARK GLOWINSKI – WEST VIRGINIA – 31
T5 – C CAMERON ERVING – FLORIDA ST.- 30
T5 – G/C ALI MARPET – HOBART – 30
T7 – C ANDY GALLIK – BOSTON COLLEGE – 29
T7 – OG JOHN MILLER – LOUISVILLE – 29
T7 – OT TYRUS THOMPSON – OKLAHOMA – 29
T10 – OG JAMIL DOUGLAS – ARIZONA – 28
T10 – OT COREY ROBINSON – SOUTH CAROLINA – 28

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Top OL 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:35 pm

Here’s a look at the top 10 40 times for offensive linemen here at the NFL Combine. Hobart’s Ali Marpet posted the fastest time at 4.98.

1 – OG ALI MARPET – HOBART & WILLIAM SMITH – 4.98
2 – OT JAKE FISHER – OREGON – 5.01
3 – OT LAURENCE GIBSON – VIRGINIA TECH – 5.04
4 – OG BRANDON SCHERFF – IOWA – 5.05
5 – OG TERRY POOLE – SAN DIEGO ST. – 5.09
T6 – OT LA’EL COLLINS – LSU – 5.12
T6 – OT D.J. HUMPHRIES – FLORIDA – 5.12
T8 – OT T.J. CLEMMINGS – PITT – 5.14
T8 – OG MITCH MORSE – MISSOURI – 5.14
10 – C CAMERON ERVING – FLORIDA ST.- 5.15

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Top TE 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:27 pm

Here’s a look at the top 40 times for the tight end position group at the NFL Combine today. Minnesota’s Maxx Williams, widely seen as the best TE prospect in the class, posted the third-best time.

1 – MYCOLE PRUITT – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – 4.58
2 – WES SAXTON – SOUTH ALABAMA – 4.65
3 – MAXX WILLIAMS – MINNESOTA – 4.78
4 – CLIVE WALFORD – MIAMI – 4.79
5 – BLAKE BELL – OKLAHOMA – 4.80
6 – JESSE JAMES – PENN ST.- 4.83
7 – JEAN SIFRIN – UMASS – 4.84
8 – GERALD CHRISTIAN – LOUISVILLE – 4.87
9 – NICK O’LEARY – FLORIDA ST.- 4.93
10 – CAMERON CLEAR – TEXAS A&M – 4.98

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Bills to meet with all but 2 QBs at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 12:19 pm

The Bills won’t be meeting with Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota at the NFL Combine, but every other quarterback prospect in Indianapolis will have a face-to-face meeting with Buffalo.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning, Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed that his personnel department will meet with all but the top two signal callers at the Combine, either in a formal or informal setting.

“We’re going to meet with all of them except for the top two,” said Whaley. “You’ve got to do your due diligence on all of them because you never know if you’ll be able to a get a guy or if all of them will be available and you’ve got to be able to rank them and go with the best.”

Whaley also said in an appearance on the John Murphy Show that they’ll be very extensive in their efforts to get a firm grasp of all the quarterback prospects in this class.

“That’s what we’re going to do, an exhaustive search with the quarterbacks just looking at these guys not only here at the Combine, but we’re going to send David Lee, the quarterbacks coach out to work those other guys out,” Whaley said. “That’s another avenue where we can add a guy. We can add two or one in free agency and one in the draft. But we’re going to try to get the best guys out there to help the Buffalo Bills win.”

When asked about the approach by some NFL clubs that draft a quarterback every year, Whaley wasn’t against such a strategy.

“That’s a possibility,” he said. “Until you hit on one (drafting) quarterbacks and cornerbacks (every year isn’t wrong) because it’s a passing league that’s an approach some subscribe to and I’m not opposed to it.”

Here’s a list of all the QB prospects at the Combine not named Winston or Mariota.
Bryan Bennet – SE Louisiana
Anthony Boone – Duke
Brandon Bridge – So. Alabama
Shane Carden – E. Carolina
Cody Fajardo – Nevada
Garrett Grayson – Colorado St.
Connor Halliday – Washington St.
Brett Hundley – UCLA
Jerry Lovelocke – Prairie View A&M
Sean Mannion – Oregon St.
Nick Marshall – Auburn
Bryce Petty – Baylor
Blake Sims – Alabama


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49ers GM has praise for Roman

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 12:02 pm

The San Francisco 49ers offense was one of the best in football in the four years that Greg Roman was their offensive coordinator. The unit did take a step back last year with speculation of disagreements between the head coach and the front office being a major detriment to the performance of the team. 49ers GM Trent Baalke was asked specifically about Bills new offensive coordinator Greg Roman and his future in the league now that he’s moved on from the 49ers.

“I think Greg is one heck-of-a football coach and for whatever reason last year it just didn’t work,” said Baalke. “As you look at why, we had injuries. There were other things that were going on and there were a lot of different battles being played out in different ways. But, I take nothing away from the coaches. They worked their tail end off. They
were in there early. They stayed late. They did everything that was asked of them and so did the players. But, sometimes it just doesn’t work.”

Baalke was also asked about veteran RB Frank Gore, who at 31 ran for over 1,100 yards last season, but is set to become a free agent.

“Frank… everyone asks that question all the time. I think I’ve been asked that question for five straight years now,” said Baalke. “Frank’s just the Energizer battery, he just keeps on ticking. The last two games of the season, I think you saw what Frank still has left in the tank. A very good football player. One of the most passionate, if not the most passionate football player I’ve ever been around. So, I still think he’s got it in him. I know that he still believes it. I talked to him the other day on the phone and we’re going to do what we can to get him back as a 49er.”

Whether Gore would be of any interest to the Bills would have to wait until the free agent market opens March 10th. With a 34-year old Fred Jackson already on the roster, it’s the general consensus that Buffalo would like to get younger at the position. Gore is one of the oldest free agent backs set to hit the market.

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Winston, Mariota weigh in

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 9:28 am

The top two quarterbacks at the NFL Combine have arrived and weighed in this morning. Here are the numbers for Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

Winston measured in at 6-3 3/4 and 231 pounds, which is considerably lighter than his listed weight on Florida State’s roster of 248 pounds.

Mariota also measured at 6-3 3/4 and 222 pounds, which is seven pounds heavier than his listed weight on Oregon’s roster (215).

Both players are expected to meet the media today.

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Bills 2014 draft earns best mark in AFC East

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2015 – 4:40 pm

It’s common this time of year for national writers and pundits to re-assess the draft classes from the previous spring and NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks did just that for the Bills and the rest of their division opponents.

Brooks gave the Bills the best grade in the division. Here’s what Brooks wrote about their draft class and their combine/draft outlook.

AFC East rookie grades: Buffalo Bills building a winner
The Bills boldly moved up a few spots in the 2014 NFL Draft to pluck Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick — and the rookie pass catcher didn’t disappoint, posting 982 receiving yards and six touchdowns as Buffalo’s designated playmaker. Although critics would suggest the team could’ve stayed at its original position (No. 9) and still landed a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver (see: Odell Beckham, who went to the Giants at No. 12), the fact that the Bills identified their guy and got positive results from him should earn them a solid review. They also received better than anticipated production from linebacker Preston Brown and offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson when they were pressed into action due to injuries and inconsistent play by those above them. Offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio is an unknown commodity at this point, but if he develops into a serviceable starter, this class could play a pivotal role in Buffalo’s re-emergence as a playoff participant under a new regime. Grade: B

Combine focus: The lack of a first-round pick in 2015 — it was surrendered to the Cleveland Browns in the deal that resulted in Watkins — prevents the Bills from addressing their quarterback situation in the draft. Still, the team can add a few pieces to enhance an offense that’s on the cusp of leading a playoff run. The offensive line needs some work along the interior, meaning Buffalo should take an extensive look at guys like Duke’s Laken Tomlinson, South Carolina’s A.J. Cann and Florida State’s Tre’ Jackson. Additionally, the Bills could explore the possibility of adding a dynamic tight end, like Minnesota’s Maxx Williams and Miami’s Clive Walford.


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