Back on the air as we kick off the week that is “NFL Draft week.” As it approaches, we threw out tonight’s topic; if you’re General Manager Doug Whaley, what are you looking to get out of this week’s Draft? Plenty of responses on that tonight from quarterback, to offensive line, to even defensive depth at cornerback.
It’s always interesting to get the national media’s perspective on the Draft and more specifically their thoughts on where the Bills could go this year. We reached out NFL Network’s Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah. Jeremiah talked about the top of the first round, including the differences between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. When it came to the Bills, Jeremiah brought up possibly targeting the offensive line, mainly a possible need for a plug-and-play interior lineman.
“Laken Tomlinson from Duke is somebody that was very good on tape and then took his game to a whole new level when he showed up at the Senior Bowl down in Mobile. I think he’s very smart, tough, and physical. You can plug-and-play him. Then you have Tre’ Jackson from Florida State who started a whole lot of football games for one of the best teams in the country over the last few years. He’s not going to ‘wow’ you with his athleticism but plenty of anchor and toughness to play inside at guard right away. Then, A.J. Cann from South Carolina gives you a little bit more athletic ability working up to the second level but another guy you can just plug-in day one. I think you have yourself a solid starter.”
Bills players will return to action tomorrow when they begin their voluntary offseason minicamp. Punter Colton Schmidt will be there as he returns for his second season with the Bills. Schmidt called in during the second hour to discuss his first year in Buffalo and the ways he measures his success in punting. He went on to talk about his mindset heading into this offseason, which differs from last year when he was in midst of trying to stick with an NFL team.
“You gain a lot of insight on what it takes to play in the NFL and how the season operates. Now, you have to change your approach in to playing the whole season, finishing strong, and going deep into the playoffs, where before you were just worried about making a team. It’s gotten to the point where instead of winning the job now it’s your job to lose. It’s a whole mindset change you have.”
We also heard from NFL Network’s Mike Mayock who discussed the Titans quarterback situation, developing prospects with raw talent, and his thoughts on Oregon State QB Sean Mannion. To hear that and the rest of Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.
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