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Williams over Okung?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2010 – 6:53 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is convinced like most that the Redskins will take an offensive tackle at pick number four, but he’s not expecting them to take Russell Okung, widely considered the best pass protector in the draft.

Mayock believes there’s a good chance the Redskins will take Trent Williams because he sees him as a better fit for Washington’s new zone blocking scheme that Mike Shanahan employed in Denver.

If Williams goes four, the Chiefs are a virtual lock to jump on Okung at five. If Seattle takes Bulaga sixth, then the Bills will be depending on the Raiders to pass on a tackle at eight so Buffalo can still get one of the top four at nine.


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New mock has Bills getting OT

Posted by Chris Brown on April 6, 2010 – 10:24 am

It’s a new mock with a result that while all too familiar would be welcomed nonetheless as far as the Bills are concerned.

MoveTheSticks.com posted it’s latest mock draft and has the Bills getting one of the top three offensive tackles in the class. They have Buffalo landing Oklahoma OT Trent Williams in round one. They have both Okung (Washington) and Bulaga (KC) off the board before Buffalo’s pick.

There is a concern that Seattle and Oakland could take offensive tackles too, but they both have pass rusher needs as well and MoveTheSticks has them taking S Eric Berry and DE Jason Pierre-Paul. While I can see the logic in Oakland taking an athletic freak like Pierre-Paul. I don’t know that Berry will be the play for the Seahawks.

Of course I hope that it is because that means that Buffalo gets one of the top 3. One other interesting note is MoveTheSticks has Anthony Davis dropping all the way to pick 27 to the Cowboys who need to replace Flozell Adams. They have USC’s Charles Brown going before Davis at pick 17 to San Fran, which honestly would not surprise me.


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A shift toward Trent Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2010 – 12:55 pm

With mock drafts changing almost daily, there has been an interesting trend with respect to the name that has been popping up more often in Buffalo’s slot at ninth overall.

Of all the mock drafts we’ve been keeping tabs of offensive tackle still dominates for the Bills projected pick with 24 of the 48 guesses going with a pass protector (50%). Quarterback is second accounting for 25% of the guesses by prognosticators.

What’s most interesting however, is the name of the offensive tackle most recently filling the Bills slot at nine. In three of the five most recent mock drafts released an offensive tackle has been the position of choice and all three times Oklahoma’s Trent Williams was the pick.

Now this doesn’t mean that Williams is suddenly rising up draft boards and is a lock to be a top 10 pick. What it signifies is most prognosticators are expecting three offensive tackles to be off the board prior to Buffalo’s pick at 9, namely Russell Okung (Okla. St.), Bryan Bulaga (Iowa) and Anthony Davis (Rutgers).

With those three widely predicted to be off the board, Williams is regarded by most to be the fourth best tackle prospect and has been considered by a fair amount of the so called experts to be a top half of the first round pick. So the naming of Williams is more indicative of how the prognosticators see the top 10 picks falling with respect to the tackle position than anything else.


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Report: Bills GM watches Okung

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2010 – 9:55 pm

Among those in attendance at the Oklahoma State pro day where top flight OT Russell Okung performed was none other than Bills GM Buddy Nix.

That according to the Associated Press. Nix reportedly spoke briefly with Okung at the conclusion of his workout, which included a vertical leap of 32 1/2 inches and a broad jump of 8’9″.

Nix said he was the kind of personnel man that believed in getting out on the road and “smelling the breath” of NFL prospects instead of just watching tape, and he’s obviously doing that.

Okung suffered a minor groin injury at the combine and could not finish his workout, so he made sure to do so at the Oklahoma State pro day.

“I think I’m a person that’s willing to accept the pressure that’s going to be put on me,” Okung said. “That’s become kind of natural. You’ve got a big old target on your back so you definitely have to welcome all the pressure.”

Another underrated prospect that again performed well was Cowboys QB Zac Robinson. He’s considered a mid-round prospect.


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Okung’s combine over

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2010 – 6:36 pm

Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung was having a heck of a combine workout, but an injury cut it short.

Widely considered the best offensive tackle in the class, Okung suffered what’s being called a minor groin injury.

Okung was doing very well workout-wise up until he pulled his groin. He had run a 5.17 40-time and had 38 reps on the bench press. He also went through some of the other drills and position specific drills.

He missed the vertical jump, broad jump, three cone drill and shuttle runs.


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Fan Friday 2-12

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2010 – 2:43 pm

Well the coaching staff is just about put together. Time for your questions. Remember email AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Chris,
At WR is T.O. gonna be a Bill for his last two seasons and are we gonna utilize Parrish more and Evans, my boy, when will he be the talent he was suppose to be (I mean putting up the numbers to be elite NFL WR)
Also O-line I think this is our #1 concern we didn’t look very impressive do you think the 9th pick will go to o-line and if so who?
Thanks,
George

CB: I am not anticipating that Owens will be back in 2010, but you never say never. I just get the sense from Owens that he wants to play for a contender with a proven QB. Right now the Bills don’t have an entrenched signal caller. Parrish I believe has a chance to do more under a coach like Gailey, who will take advantage of the things he does well which is gain separation, especially when put in motion.
If I’m Roscoe I’m encouraged with Gailey as the offensive play caller. Lee Evans is another skill position player that should be excited. Gailey unlike his predecessors has a history of finding ways to get his top playmakers the ball no matter what the coverage or defensive look is.

As for the offensive line I agree it’s one of the top concerns. A capable nose tackle is right there too however, with the move to the 3-4 defensive alignment. At ninth overall however, I think the value is at offensive tackle. I think Anthony Davis and Bryan Bulaga are worthwhile options. Okung figures to be off the board by then.

2– Chris,
What’s your thought on the LT prospects vs. defense prospects for the Bills 1st rd pick?

CB: I think the talent at DT is better at the top of the draft, but the Bills won’t get a whiff of Ndamakong Suh or Gerald McCoy. So with that in mind the better value after them is at OT. Russell Okung, Anthony Davis and Bryan Bulaga to me all represent good value at 9.

3 – Hi Chris
 
Like a lot of Bills fans I have been a little bit disappointed with Maybin’s production in his rookie year, but I’ve had a little look into it and he is pretty young for a rookie (almost 2 years younger than orakpo) so he could quite easily develop into a big player, especially considering a lot of NFL pass rushers don’t develop until later in their career.  What do you think Maybin’s chances are of developing into a decent NFL pass rusher given time?
 
Cheers
Steve
from the land of the UK

CB: I think his chances are much improved now that he’s in a defensive system (3-4) that is better suited to his body type and talents. Now he’ll be rushing against backs and tight ends a lot more than defensive ends. It affords him better pass rushing matchups. The 3-4 is also more unpredictable for offenses in terms of where the pressure is coming from. So that too will help his production. You’re right, the guy is 21. He still hasn’t fully filled out his frame yet. I have faith that he’ll be productive in the near future.

4 – Hey Chris,
 
Just wondering what your thoughts were on Pike from Cincinnati? Is he someone that could be looked upon as the future? If so, can he start right away, even with a good O-Line? If we draft a QB this year, he most certainly will be looked as the future, correct?
Randy
St. John’s, Canada

CB: I have an affinity for Pike’s game. I like the way the ball snaps out of his hand. I think he has good physical tools, but he needs to bulk up (6’6” 212) or he’s going to be out of the lineup a lot. He was very productive at Cincinnati, looked cool under pressure in some comeback efforts. I see him as a prospect that needs to watch and learn for a year or two, but could be a productive starter in a couple of years time. Probably a third rounder.

5 – Hey Chris,
I know you’ve been voicing your hope that the Bills get a star offensive or defensive lineman with their first pick, and you’ve stated that you think the team needs a top-flight offensive tackle. I’m wondering how you think the rest of the line shakes out if that happens.
Thanks and Go Bills!
Brad

CB: If the Bills do draft an offensive tackle with the first pick, I anticipate that player ending up as the starting left tackle. We’ve seen the impact young offensive tackles can make in their first year the past couple of seasons in the NFL (see: Jake Long, Michael Oher). I think there are prospects of similar caliber this year as mentioned above.

I think that just makes Demetrius Bell a swing tackle provided Butler makes a successful return from his ACL injury. Otherwise let Bell and Butler battle it out on the right side. If Wood is not ready for the start of the season hopefully Buffalo has re-signed Richie Incognito to start at right guard. Everything else stays the same.


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OT is popular mock pick for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2010 – 9:06 am

Despite some pressing positional needs elsewhere (NT, QB) the mock draft prognosticators have been overwhelmingly predicting an offensive tackle being taken by the Bills with the ninth overall pick. And KFFL.com is no different.

In their mock draft they’ve got the Bills taking Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga. It should be noted that they have Okung and Anthony Davis off the board when the Bills are on the clock at nine, with Okung going to the Chiefs and Davis to the Raiders.

Either way this the third mock draft I’ve posted this week that has Buffalo taking an offensive tackle with their first pick. Take it for what it’s worth.


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Mock has OT to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2010 – 12:01 pm

Corey Chavous, a former NFL safety and draft analyst for NFL Network has put his own mock draft together for 2010. And for the Bills he has them taking an offensive tackle with the ninth overall pick.

Chavous has Buffalo taking Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga is widely viewed as one of the most NFL ready tackles in the class while the upside is deemed higher by many for Anthony Davis and Bruce Campbell.

It should be noted in Chavous’ mock he has Russell Okung off the board at 4 to Washington, Anthony Davis off the board at 6 to Seattle, and I believe an OT is very likely for the Seahawks at 6 with Walter Jones a good bet to retire. He then has Trent Williams going 8 overall to the Raiders, which might be a little high in most eyes, but hey it’s Oakland.

So with the run on OTs happening early in Chavous’ mock, he has Buffalo taking Bulaga. I like Bulaga, provided he checks out medically (thyroid condition, shoulder injuries). He drive blocks guys 10 to 15 yards downfield at times. He also steers pass rushers wide around the pocket well. For a tall guy I think he’s pretty good at redirecting too. Whether he’s worthy of the ninth overall pick however, is up to the Bills and the Bills only.


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