Recapping the busy weekend here at One Bills Drive. Complete Draft coverage including thoughts from ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley also looked back at his 2015 Draft class. The team released the list of undrafted signees, which we ran down to begin the show. They also announced the signing of defensive tackle Alex Carrington. Carrington returns with for his second stint with the team. He was drafted by the Bills back in 2010 and left for St. Louis in free agency last year. He joined us at the bottom of the second hour.
Bills second round pick Ronald Darby stopped by our studios. The former Florida State cornerback arrived here in Buffalo on Saturday to take a tour of the facilities, pick out his new jersey, and even check out his locker. Darby talked about his first impressions after being selected 50th overall, his relationship with former Seminole EJ Manuel, and his impressive speed. He then looked ahead to this week’s rookie minicamp and discussed why it’s important to make a good first impression in front of his new teammates and coaches.
“I’m going to try and get involved right away. Go out there and compete, get sideline to sideline, show my hips, give effort, and just learn fast. That’s what it’s all about when you want to be a player and contribute right away. I want to get in where I fit in.”
The Bills have loaded up with Florida State talent in recent years. We brought in Safid Deen, Florida State football beat reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Deen talked about the high number of NFL players that program has produced in recent years. He went on to discuss the Bills three FSU selections, including Ronald Darby, who he says will be a good compliment here in Buffalo under Rex Ryan. When it came to 5th round pick Karlos Williams, Deen said that the defensive player turned running back is still learning but has “freakish athleticism.” Finally, Nick O’Leary, the tight end chosen in the 6th round. Deen mentioned O’Leary’s impact in the Florida State offense last season.
“He was the second leading receiver on this team last season, only behind the school’s all-time leading receiver. He was one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets. He rarely dropped the ball in the endzone. I think he will learn a lot playing behind Charles Clay this season. He was one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets and could be the same for EJ Manuel or whoever else is the starting QB for the Bills next season.”
As mentioned above, Alex Carrington called in to round out the show. Carrington talked about his return to Buffalo, his role in the front line rotation, and his eagerness to work with defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. He went on to talk about his impact on special teams where he was force during his time here, making his mark blocking field goal kicks and extra points.
“You get a knack for it and you can tell where it’s going to be weak after a little film study. You can tell where the line will be a little vulnerable. There’s some technique in there but my old special teams coach said ‘If you never rush a kick, you’ll never block one but if you always rush you have a chance to block one.’ I learned that my rookie year and keep that in mind and just go hard, man.”
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