Inside The Bills

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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