The week ends with the start of the team’s Rookie Minicamp. All the Bills draft selections along with plenty of undrafted talent and tryout players invaded the ADPRO Sports Training Center. The three-day camp will continue throughout the weekend. After today’s session we heard from head coach Rex Ryan and the team’s second round pick, Ronald Darby.
Bills 5th round selection, rookie running back Karlos Williams joined us to kick off our guest set. Williams talked about last weekend being selected by the Bills, saying “I just knew I was going to Buffalo.” He went on to discuss his transition from the defensive side of the ball to the offensive backfield during his time at Florida State, using his size and athletic ability to make the successful conversion.
“Being that big back in that role, it set me up for ‘OK, I’m a big guy, I’m a straight-ahead guy, I’m not a side-to-side kind of guy.’ We had Delvin Cook, we had Mario Pender, Ryan Green for that. So, I kind of took on that role and coach (Jimbo) Fisher definitely embraced it. He understood that certain plays were for Karlos, some plays are not for Karlos. We know he can catch, we know he can block, we know he can run block. I took that attitude into the offseason and transitioned into the draft. I went to the draft weighing 230. I measured in at 6’1″, 230, ran a 4.48 my first attempt in the forty. That definitely helped my draft stock and made a lot of people’s eyes open like ‘whoa, this guy is big, he can run, he can catch.’ So I definitely believe that gave Buffalo the idea that they were going to give this guy a shot. Very blessed and very happy they did.”
Sticking with the draft, we brought in Pro Football Focus’s Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo. The site gave their post-draft grades for each player drafted along with an in-depth look at some of the undrafted free agents signed by the Bills. He ran down the list of picks and discussed why sixth round pick Nick O’Leary was given the College Football Focus Stamp of Approval, a value pick in the mind of Palazzolo.
“He was a productive player and that’s what we’re able to measure. How well did he play, how well did he block, how well did he catch the ball? O’Leary passed those tests. The problem will be the athleticism. This is going to be an interesting test of a guy that isn’t particularly athletic, doesn’t have that classic tight end body but I think if you have him at a number two tight end role, he will be serviceable. I think he can block well enough. He’s sure handed. He only dropped one pass out of forty-nine. I think he’s that dependable tight end type of option and was extremely productive in college.”
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