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DL and LBs up next at combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2009 – 3:08 pm

The defensive linemen and linebackers are up next for workouts at the NFL Combine in Indy. We’ll try to keep you posted on how players fare throughout the day right here.

Among the prospects expected to test very well include Everette Brown, Aaron Maybin and Georgia Tech’s Michael Johnson.

Among the notable top prospects not participating is Ole Miss DT Peria Jerry.


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No problems with this mock

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2009 – 8:42 pm

The National Football Post just issued their third mock draft (yep they all just keep churning them out don’t they?) and I have to say I like the way I see their first round falling.

For those that would like to see a defensive end fall to the Bills it doesn’t happen. NFP has Everette Brown going to the Browns (how fitting) at 5 and Brian Orakpo going to the Packers (now a 3-4 defense) at 9.

For round two they have the Bills taking Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson.

They also have all of the top four offensive tackles off the board in the top 8 picks including Alabama’s Andre Smith going first overall to Detroit. I think seeing all four go in the top 8 picks might be a bit of a stretch, but I subscribe to their thought that one of the top QBs won’t go until 10 when the Niners take Matt Stafford in their mock.

But what I like best is they have the Bills taking BC’s B.J. Raji with the 11th pick, with the reasoning that with no value for a pass rusher at 11, beefing up the defensive interior is a very attractive second option. I couldn’t agree more.

Stroud and Raji lining up next to each other with Kyle Williams and Spencer Johnson rotating in. I like the sound of that a lot. Somehow though I see Raji going earlier to be a future anchor in a 3-4 system (Green Bay at #9?).

But I’m all for grabbing a big DT if the right value isn’t there for the Bills at 11. I also like Ole Miss’ Peria Jerry a lot, but not sure if he’s a proper value at 11.

They also have the Bills taking Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson in round two. Again no problem with that either, though I’d prefer a veteran free agent signee at that position like Tennessee’s Bo Scaife.


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Senior Bowl standouts

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2009 – 10:17 pm

By no means did I watch every snap of practice during the week, but I focused on the centers and defensive ends as much as I could.

I liked Oregon’s Max Unger at the center spot. There was some mixed opinion out there on just what kind of week he had, but I thought he fared well in the one-on-ones and showed some versatility at guard.

I wasn’t as impressed with what I saw of Cal’s Alex Mack. For a guy ballyhooed by some draft experts as the best in the draft, I just didn’t see it. I’m hoping the reps I saw in the practices were an aberration rather than the norm. The deeper the center class the better for the Bills.

At defensive end there were a couple of players I thought did well. Tennessee’s Robert Ayers stood out in practice almost as much as he did in the game. And at 273, he’s a pretty effective pass rusher despite carrying a little more than a lot of the other speed rushers as there are a handful of tweeners in this class.

That being said I was impressed by Northern Illinois Larry English’s burst off the ball. He did well in one-on-ones throughout the week.

I also thought UCONN’s Cody Brown did pretty well too.

At DT B.J. Raji (Boston College) and Peria Jerry (Ole Miss) were the most dominant interior D-linemen.


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