Inside The Bills

LB Brown, CB White are key pre-draft adds

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2016 – 4:10 pm

The Bills added a pair of value free agent players to their defense in LB Zach Brown and CB Corey White. Both have about 50 NFL games worth of experience and Brown is a proven starter. That’s why he’s expected to compete for the starting job alongside namesake Preston Brown in Buffalo’s defense.

More importantly Brown and White provide much needed experience and talent at two need positions prior to the arrival of the NFL draft. Armed with eight picks Buffalo is expected to address their defense more than once at the end of April. But prior to the signing of Brown and White one could argue that the Bills would’ve had to add two linebackers and at least one cornerback. Now the pressure to do all of that in the draft is noticeably reduced.

Zach Brown is a three-down linebacker with drop and cover skills. Prior to his arrival, the inside linebacker depth chart beyond Preston Brown included Kevin Reddick, AJ Tarpley and Tony Steward.

Buffalo liked Brown over free agent Bruce Carter, who visited last week due in part to speed, something the Bills linebacking corps still needs to add more of come the draft. Defensively it’s a subpackage league and linebackers that can run, cover and hit are the ones who are in demand. Carter has since signed with the Jets.

White offers depth at cornerback, a position that was also short on experience after Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks departed via free agency.

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