M&T Draft Challenge update

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2011 – 9:56 am

The M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge runs until April 25th. It’s your chance to predict who the Bills will take with their first overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and if you guess correctly you could win a Bills Gameday Experience. Here’s an update on some of the voting thus far.

Still out in front with the most votes is Auburn’s Cam Newton with 25% of the predictions for Buffalo’s first pick. His college teammate Nick Fairley, who is visiting One Bills Drive today (Thursday), has just 5% of the vote.

Be sure to enter for your chance to win a Bills game day experience package for two with all-inclusive M&T Bank Club tickets, pregame field passes and a Bills Alumni meet and greet opportunity, as well as a Bills helmet.

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SI.com mock has QB to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2011 – 1:24 pm

SI.com’s Don Banks submitted his fourth mock draft installment and sees a quarterback in Buffalo’s future with the third overall pick.

He has Blaine Gabbert going first overall to Carolina, followed by Marcell Dareus to Denver at 2. Then he has Cam Newton to the Bills at three. Here’s his explanation for the pick.

Chan Gailey couldn’t have been any clearer in his answer to my question last week at the coaches’ media breakfast in New Orleans: He believes both Gabbert and Newton are ready to play now in the NFL, and they have the skill sets of franchise-level quarterbacks. I don’t think Gailey and Bills general manager Buddy Nix are doing much bluffing these days, because they’re pretty sure at least one of the draft’s top two passers will be waiting for them at No. 3.

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Newton exposure

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2011 – 9:15 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey were peppered with questions about Cam Newton with his visit confirmed by the team’s front office Monday night at the State of the Bills event for premium seat holders in downtown Buffalo. In answering the questions they shared how much time they’ve spent with Cam Newton.

“We’ve met with him three or four times,” said Gailey.

When asked if they met with Newton at the combine Gailey answered in the affirmative. He also laid out how he approaches the one-on-one meetings he has with players like Newton when they come in for a pre-draft visit.

“I lay everything on the table with guys when they walk in here,” he said. “I try to get them to understand exactly who we are, what we’re about, where we’re going and how we plan to get there. And if we end up working together this is how they might fit into the scheme or the system.”

Nix stated firmly that he knows Cam Newton and that the Heisman trophy winner’s pre-draft visit will be an opportunity for his head coach to know him just as well. Whether or not they can gauge definitively that Newton can diagnose a defense in a matter of three seconds in a game setting at the NFL level however, is another story.

“I don’t know if you can find that out in a 15 minute talk,” Gailey said. “I don’t know if I can find that out in a day with a guy. But I think you’ll have a lot better idea once you’ve had a chance to sit down and talk football and watch some tape. I think you get a better feel.”

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Nix confirms QB visits

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2011 – 6:09 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix confirmed that Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder will all be in for pre-draft visits.

At the State of the Bills event in downtown Buffalo, Nix and head coach Chan Gailey both confirmed that Newton was in town and will visit the facility Tuesday.

Nix also said that there could be more quarterbacks and several other position players like defensive linemen and linebackers.

More on Buffalobills.com later this evening.

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Fergie on Newton

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2011 – 12:24 pm

Former Bills QB Joe Ferguson saw an awful lot of Cam Newton this past season. The former Arkansas Razorback signal caller follows the SEC closely and could only be impressed by what Newton brought to the table.

“I think he was probably the most dominating player in college this year that helped a team that was an average football team and made them into a great football team and they won a championship,” said Ferguson. “I don’t know where he’s going to go. I’ve heard that Buffalo is looking at him. I don’t know if he’ll be ready to play for three or four years, but he’s a great athlete and will help somebody down the road.”

Ferguson isn’t sure that Newton would be able to help an NFL club right away with the adjustments he’d have to make to the pro game, but believes in time he’ll be successful.

“I just see a desire to win and compete. You can see by the way he plays on the field how he loves to compete. That’ll be his biggest asset to start with. If he goes with a team that’s a good football team he’ll help them quick, but if he goes to a mediocre football team then it’ll be down the road just like everybody else.”

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Fan Friday 3-25

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2011 – 1:42 pm

Time for your Fan Friday questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Keep them coming and have a good weekend everybody.

1 – Hi Chris  
I have been thinking the Bills should go defensive tackle or linebacker at #3 overall.  What do you think about them taking Robert Quinn, potentially, the next Bruce Smith? If they don’t put him at End then put him at Linebacker. The guy has everything the Bills are looking for as far as pass rush, and explosiveness, with one year less of wear and tear on the body. 
Go Bills !!!!
Thanks,  Dale

CB: The wear and tear argument is a good one with respect to Quinn, but most NFL talent evaluators worry about the one less year of development. Quinn is a great raw talent and will probably go in the top 15 because of his high ceiling, but he’s also a risk and might take longer to adjust after a year away from football. As a result some teams might not feel comfortable investing a top 10 pick in a guy that might not be able to give you instant impact in year one.

2 – Hi Chris,
Everyone seems to be predicting that the Bills will take a QB with their pick at #3, but I’m not buying it.  Can you give me your prediction on how many team “need” a QB and would take one in the first round if he was the right guy?  I’m thinking there are 4-5 potential first round QBs (Newton, Gabbert, Locker, Mallet) and one of them should fall to Bills in the Second or even third round.

Ashburn, VA
CB: The only way the Bills take a QB at 3 is if they’re convinced that one of the top prospects is a franchise type quarterback, otherwise they pass. But there are a number of teams with a quarterback need in the top half of round one. As I see it you’ve got the following.
Carolina at 1
Buffalo at 3
Cincinnati at 4 (Palmer wants out)
Arizona at 5
San Fran at 7
Tennessee at 8
Washington at 10 (McNabb to be moved)
Minnesota at 12

In reality the only quarterbacks most analysts see going in the top 12 are Gabbert or Newton. Mallett and Locker have character and accuracy issues respectively and might not even come off the board in round one, though QB value tends to get inflated on draft day. We’ll see.

3 – Hey Chris,
My question is in regards to Christian Ponder of FSU. As Gailey has clearly stated that Fitz is his starter going forward at this point, would Ponder be a nice addition to this team. I have seen Ponder play the last 3 years and have seen his skills as well as his flaws. It seems to me that he can play at the NFL level with the right coaching staff and teammates. He has good arm strength and decent accuracy. I know his durability would be a main factor in his NFL career. With Gailey and the rest of the coaching staff, as well as guidance from Fitz, I believe he would be a great asset to our Bills team for little money. Your feedback would be great on the thought of Ponder to the Bills in Rnd 3 or 4. Thank you and as always “GO BILLS” and “GO FITZ”!!!!!!!!!

CB: Unfortunately I don’t see Christian Ponder lasting until round 3. I think he goes in the top half of round 2. After an injury-riddled senior season, he’s had a productive pre-draft period. He performed well at the Senior Bowl on Chan Gailey’s South team taking MVP honors. In the games I’ve seen him play the leadership comes naturally to him. He’s not afraid to take chances and he’s really smart. He’s also played in a pro-style offense at Florida State so the transition for him figures to be shorter than other QBs in this class. Personally I like him as a talent. Some so called experts say he’s best suited to play in west coast system, but I think his ability can take him beyond that.

4 – Chris,
Like you, I think Ryan Fitzpatrick did a great job at QB this past year and don’t believe Buddy will draft a QB at 3.  Last year Buddy said the Bills need playmakers and then drafted one.  I believe he will duplicate exactly what he did last year, he will first draft a playmaker with pick #3 ( Peterson think Revis, Von Miller think Mathews or Green think Fitzgerald), then focus on the defensive front seven in rounds 2-4 along with a developmental QB and maybe a TE.
So, could you please name some of the 3-4 DEs and ISLBs that would be available in rounds 2-4, along with the names of QBs better suited to the what the Bills do.  I’m thinking a smart guy who can process information like RF but with a stronger arm.  Also, a few TEs as well.  I truly believe that Buddy and Chan are turning this team around. 
Thank you for your great work and keep it coming!  Go Bills!!

CB: Here you go.
ILBs in round 2 – Martez Wilson – Illinois; round 3 – Kelvin Sheppard – LSU, Quan Sturdivant – UNC, Colin McCarthy – Miami; round 4 – Greg Jones – Michigan St., Nate Irving – N.C. State

DEs in round 2 – Cameron Heyward – Ohio St., Christian Ballard – Iowa, Jabaal Sheard – Pitt; round 3 – Allen Bailey – Miami, Pernell McPhee – Miss. St.; round 4 – Pierre Allen – Nebraska, Rickey Elmore – Arizona, Greg Romeus – Pitt

QBs that could fit in the Bills scheme really doesn’t apply because Chan Gailey always adjusts his scheme to fit the players as evidenced by what he did in going from Neil O’Donnell to Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh. The good thing about that is it could open the Bills up to more possibilities if they choose to take a QB.

TEs – round 2 – Kyle Rudolph – Notre Dame, Luke Stocker – Tennessee; Round 3 – D.J. Williams – Arkansas, Lance Kendricks – Wisconsin; round 4 – Jordan Cameron – USC, Rob Housler – Florida Atlantic, Virgil Green – Nevada
5 – Chris, 
Can you break down what the scouts think about the three best mobile QBs in the draft, that being Newton, Locker, and Kaepernick.  Judging on Chan’s desire for a guy that can move out of the pocket and what round they can be had (NEWTON 1) (LOCKER/Kaepernick 2-3), who makes the most sense for the Bills just on talent and ability to drop back to be a full time passer. I think Kaepernick seems like a great talent and has put up better numbers than most QB’s. Locker could also develop better. He’s got major arm and legs. How interested are the Bills in Locker and Kaepernick compared to the rumors of Cam?


CB: Most scouts in the league that I’ve seen quoted anonymously are concerned with Locker’s inconsistencies in terms of accuracy and decision making. Great athlete, but accuracy in the NFL where the windows are smaller is key. With Newton it’s the offense he comes from and concerns about his character and work ethic. Again a great athlete with loads of potential, but playing QB in the NFL is a lot more than being athletic are the issues for scouts. Finally Kaepernick, again fantastic athlete, but comes from a pistol offense where they spread things out. But he was a four-year starter and has consistent numbers. His mechanics have been knocked (long wind up), but he’s clean as far as the intangibles and as a leader. Pretty sharp too. All these NFL teams have to determine if these QBs are franchise type material. That’s the question that must be answered.

As far as how interested the Bills are, that’s tough to say. Locker, Newton and Kaepernick haven’t been in for pre-draft visits to this point. That obviously could change in the coming weeks. Chan believes mobility is important, but doesn’t rule out QBs that are as mobile necessarily. Here’s what he said at the combine about mobility in a QB.

“I think you have to be able to adjust. Mobilty helps, yes, but if you don’t have a mobile quarterback and he’s your best quarterback then you better find a way to be successful without having mobility involved in it. We did it with Troy (Aikman) in Dallas. Troy wasn’t a bootleg type guy, but we did it a little bit just to keep them honest. You have to adjust. Whoever your best player is you adjust around what they do.”

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High Gailey praise for QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2011 – 10:28 pm

In a countless number of mock drafts out there in cyberspace the Bills have been projected to take either Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert with the third overall choice. There have been several other mock defensive choices as well, but Chan Gailey’s high praise for both Gabbert and Newton at the league’s owners’ meetings might convince one that Buffalo is ready to take a QB.

“I can tell you right now there is no question they have outstanding skill sets — both of them,” Gailey said Tuesday at the league meetings to CBSSports.com among others. “Not average, not above average, outstanding — to play early and long.”

Gailey also openly weighed both sides with respect to the decision to either take a QB at three or pass or roll with Fitzpatrick in 2011 without a future prospect waiting in the wings.

Obviously if the Bills believe one of them is a true franchise type QB they’ll take him, but if they have any doubts at all they’ll almost certainly be going defense.

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2 CBS mocks: QB to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2011 – 9:12 am

A pair of CBSSports.com draft analysts have picked the same quarterback for the Bills in their mock drafts with the third overall pick.

Analysts Chad Reuter and Rob Rang both have Cam Newton to the Bills at three. Reuter has Gabbert and Bowers coming off the board before Buffalo is on the clock, while Rang has Gabbert and Dareus selected in front of Buffalo’s third pick. Here is their reasoning for the Newton pick for Buffalo.

Reuter – Newton seems a logical pick for head coach Chan Gailey, as he can work with the talented youngster while Ryan Fitzpatrick takes the reins for 2011.

Rang – The Bills have gone out of their way to laud the play of incumbent starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, but are also believed to be very high on Newton’s potential. I don’t necessarily believe the Bills would take Gabbert or any other offensive prospect over their huge needs on the defensive side of the ball, but GM Buddy Nix and coach Chan Gailey showed their willingness to gamble on athleticism last year with the selection of C.J. Spiller. Don’t put it past them to do the same this year should Newton be on the board.

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Fan Friday 3-18

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2011 – 12:24 pm

Hey Bills fans. I’m taking the day off for my birthday, but here are some answers to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Have a good weekend.

1 – Chris,
Can you break down how Bowers, Fairley, or Dareus would fit in the Bills 3-4. Can you explain the difference between a five technique and three technique lineman. Would they have to only play the DE position with Kyle up the middle. What are the future plans in the 3-4 for Troup and Carrington going forward in terms of starting next season.

Sean, NY

CB: Bowers and Fairley would be strictly defensive ends in the 3-4. Some believe Bowers can shift to an OLB role in a 3-4, but I think he’s strong enough at 275 pounds to stand in there at end in a 3-4. Fairley could be a three technique defensive tackle in a 4-3, and knowing Buffalo is going to be multiple with their fronts on defense next year, he has double value.

Dareus is the prospect with the trump card though. He is a fit in either defense because at 319 pounds he could stand in there and play nose tackle in a 3-4, but he’s athletic enough to play end in a 3-4, which is what he did at Alabama. He could also play the one technique or three technique defensive tackle in a 4-3.

The only difference between a three-technique and five-technique is the alignment of the defensive linemen. Now their roles are different in the scheme of the defense, but basically there are numbers assigned to the alignment of a defensive lineman. For example, if they are lined head up on a center they’re in a zero technique.

A one-technique defensive tackle is lined up on the shoulder of the center. This DT is typically the grinder that ties up blocker in a 4-3 front. A three technique DT is lined up on the outside shoulder of the guard and is usually the more athletic penetrating type defensive tackle.

A five-technique is an alignment usually for a DE in a 3-4 on the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle. Their role is to stand and grind with the OT and sometimes TE to hold the point of attack and allow linebackers to run free to make tackles, although they have full license to disengage and make plays themselves. The alignments go all the way up to nine, which is the widest alignment, usually taken by a pass rushing DE or OLB.
2 – Hi Chris, 
I’ve taken some heat for this question already.  But I’d like your take on it.  What are you thoughts on building up the defense and o-line this year and trying to pick Andrew Luck in next years draft?  Now I know he will probably be the #1 pick in the draft but if we package some picks together or some players and picks, we may be able to get him unless we have a horrible season and end up picking #1 overall.  I just think that no one besides ryan mallett would be worth grooming or putting any time into as far as a qb for the future.  Luck has everything your pretty much want in a qb coming out of college and i’d like the bills to have a player at QB  who isn’t so much of a question mark.  Besides Fitz is playing at a high level and we need to invest this season in other areas such as defense and o-line.  As always thank you for your time.
CB : I don’t think your idea is so far-fetched. I’m all for loading up on the defensive side of the ball and if you still have time to address offensive tackle all the better. I don’t mind being aggressive and doing whatever it takes to get up to number one next year for Luck. Just keep in mind it’s anything but a guarantee, knowing first there’s likely to be a host of other NFL clubs looking to make a similar trade deal for Luck, and you’re likely to have a team in that number one spot all too happy to take Luck first off the board, and with no interest in trading out. It’s not something you can bank on.

That’s why I think there’s a good chance they take a QB somewhere in the draft.

3 – Chris,

I’ve been reading a lot about the right tackle position and the teams general need for linebackers.  In those conversations, I never see anything about Ed Wang or Arthur Moats.  Is Wang still that far away from contributing as a right tackle (even as a backup)?  Was his injury the big setback or does he just have a lot more to learn?  I was thinking Moats, Poz, and Merriman would be 3 of the 4 starting linebackers next year – the 4th being a new addition with a big, run-stuffing frame.  Do the Bills see Moats more of a 3rd down rush linebacker?  Do they see issues with his run defense?

Eric in Baltimore

CB: I think in the end Wang will be best suited to play guard. That’s just my opinion. Right now guard is a deep position. They worked him at both guard and tackle last year and I anticipate that will continue. I don’t see him getting on the field as a starter in 2011 however.

Buddy Nix has said he likes some of the young talent they have at OLB, and that includes Moats. He’s got potential, but if Merriman is healthy and the Bills draft a pass rushing LB high (e.g. Von Miller), Moats will not be a starter.

Personally I expect them to address ILB with more picks than OLB, not higher picks, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see two picks used on ILBs.

4 – Hello Chris,
Kiper brings up an interesting observation with his 2.0 mock draft.  Newton to Bills.  Does the possibility of his tremendous upside make him too attractive for the Bills not to pass up?  Even if the Bills take someone like Von Miller that doesn’t mean he pans out either.  (i.e. Maybin)  Newton could be worth the gamble.
Jim (Skaneateles)

CB: It’s the 64 million dollar question Jim. Picking this high doesn’t happen often and it affords you the opportunity to get a franchise quarterback if you believe there is one in the draft. That’s what the Bills have to figure out. Is there a franchise type QB in the draft. If so they have to take him, whoever it is (Newton, Gabbert). If not, then they have to take a player that is considered a sure fire star. The safest picks at the top of the board are Marcell Dareus and Patrick Peterson.

5 – Chris,
Doesnt the Bills releasing Marcus Stroud indicate that they will go for a defensive end with the no. 3 pick in the upcoming NFL draft?

Perhaps Marcell Dareus, if Bowers and Fairley are gone by the time Buffalo picks?

Or will it be LB Von Miller, who I believe Gailey likes?


CB: I think it increases the positional need. With the three top flight talents you mentioned I think they feel good about having the chance to take one of them. Whether they feel all three are worthy of the third pick is another question. Von Miller is an option as well, and yes Gailey may like Von Miller, but there are very few head coaches in the NFL, if any, that don’t like him.

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8 private workouts for Newton

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2011 – 12:12 pm

In the wake of his pro day at Auburn earlier this week, Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton reportedly has eight private workouts scheduled.

That according to NFL.com, citing Newton’s father Cecil who told Gil Brandt the teams. The teams are the Panthers, Bills, Vikings, Redskins, Titans, Dolphins, Browns and Bengals.

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Lombardi mock 3.0

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2011 – 1:17 pm

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi has submitted his third top 10 mock draft and he’s keeping the Cam Newton train rolling.

Lombardi after picking Blaine Gabbert for Carolina at one and Marcell Dareus for Denver at two, gives the Bills Cam Newton at three and offers the following reasoning.

“This is a unique talent,” said Lombardi. “He’s not perfect for everybody like a Tim Tebow, but he’s awfully talented and Buffalo must get a quarterback and a face for that franchise.”

Whether to take Newton or not at three is going to be debated from now to the draft and perhaps even beyond that.

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Kiper’s newest mock

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2011 – 1:10 pm

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft (installment #3) has Cam Newton coming off the board after the Bills pick at 3.

Kiper has Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert going first overall to Carolina, followed by Nick Fairley to Denver with the Bills taking Marcell Dareus third. He then has Newton going to Cincinnati fourth. Here’s his take on why he sees Dareus going to Buffalo.

Many were surprised at Dareus’ measurements at the combine, where he weighed in at 319 pounds. And while Chan Gailey says his 2011 defense could resemble a hybrid — either a 3-4 or a 4-3 depending on available personnel and matchups — Dareus is a player who can fit any scheme well. With great quickness for his size, he can take up blockers and still provide a push as a 3-4 defensive end, perhaps solidifying that scheme for the Bills. A safe pick at No. 3.

Kiper just a day earlier had Buffalo pegged as one of the best fits for Newton saying he wouldn’t have to take a snap in 2011 as a rookie with Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter, which he saw as a good thing for the Heisman trophy winner. He also listed San Fran, Tennessee, Washington and Minnesota as good landing spots.

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Kiper not on Cam to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2011 – 12:35 pm

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper is not sold on Cam Newton going to the Bills at third overall. When asked on a national conference call why he felt that way he said the following.

“Just the different things you hear, different entities and different players and different things,” said Kiper. “I had Newton going there (at 3) a few weeks ago, and somebody I respected, different people you talk to over the years told me, ‘Well I don’t think you’re right on that.’ A guy I know that has been around this business a lot and you go back and forth with friends you have in the league. I just think that it’s going to be a very difficult scenario.”

Kiper said it’s a difficult scenario because of the risk involved with Newton, who he again said was the player with the most upside and the most risk in this draft.

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Brandt: Bills dine with Cam

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2011 – 9:17 am

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt was on hand for Cam Newton’s highly publicized pro day at Auburn Tuesday and naturally several NFL clubs were represented. But the Bills apparently got some extended time with Newton and his representatives.

According to Brandt the Bills had dinner the night before with Newton and his agents. Here’s what he wrote.

An interesting side note: Newton and his agents, Tony Paige and Bus Cook, had dinner with the Buffalo Bills the night before. So clearly, there is an interest there.

No one has any true gauge on just what level of interest the Bills potentially have in Newton, but there’s no debating that Buddy Nix and his staff are doing their due diligence with respect to their pick at three. They know they have to nail that pick and are taking advantage of every extra opportunity to gather information on each and every prospect that could be available at 3.

Of course Gil Brandt thinks the Panthers are a good bet to make Newton the top overall pick anyway.

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Bills pegged as fit for Cam

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2011 – 4:20 pm

ESPN NFL analyst Tim Hasselback was asked to pick what NFL club he feels is the best fit for Cam Newton to have success. Guess which team he chose?

Hasselback picked the Bills. Here’s what he said.

“When I look at Cam Newton and when I try to find a fit for him, it would be with the Buffalo Bills who hold the number three pick. You look at them… I think Ryan Fitzpatrick is a great guy to be the quarterback to lead into the Cam Newton era. You look at what they did last year drafting a running back and you look at what their head coach, Chan Gailey, has done with quarterbacks in the past. I think he’d be a good fit.”

Newton will participate at Auburn’s pro day Tuesday.

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Another mock tabs Newton

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2011 – 12:24 pm

It’s yet another mock draft, and what a shock, they’ve got the Bills taking a QB.

DraftInsiders.net has Buffalo taking Cam Newton third overall with Da’Quan Bowers and Patrick Peterson going ahead of him. I’ve got to say the more I see Newton’s name in the number three, the less and less I believe the Bills actually take him at 3.

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Cam’s mechanics not a worry

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2011 – 9:18 am

While there might be some NFL teams that are concerned with the throwing mechanics of Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton, the Bills aren’t one of them.

With FOX Sports radio host and former NFL QB Jack Trudeau claiming that the reason Newton struggled with accuracy at the NFL combine in the throwing drills was due to mechanics more than timing, it raises the question as to whether NFL clubs feel the same way. One thing is certain, the Bills don’t put a tremendous amount of stock in throwing mechanics.

When Bills GM Buddy Nix was asked about Cam Newton’s throwing mechanics specifically he offered the following.

“I think they’re good, but I don’t put a lot of stock in that, but a lot of people do,” Nix said. “I saw Doug Flutie throw it underhanded so I don’t know why it matters. What matters is getting it out on time and hitting what you aim at.”

Now making 11 of 21 passes didn’t help Newton, but provided his completion percentage is significantly higher at his pro day there shouldn’t be any concerns with mechanics in Buffalo’s camp.

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Fergie likes Newton for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2011 – 10:53 am

Former Bills QB Joe Ferguson appearing on WHTK earlier this week offered his take on whether the Bills should consider Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton with the third overall pick.

“The quarterback is the guy in this league now and I think Cam Newton is a special, special player,” said Ferguson. “There’s no doubt about that. I’ve watched him on TV doing his workouts and he is something special as far as the way he can throw the football and potentially run the ball. If Buffalo can get him then I think it would be a great move for them to solidify that position for several years hopefully. Who knows what’s going to happen with those first few picks, but there are some great players out there this year and I’m sure the Bills will pick according to what they need.”

Ferguson also provided an update on his health and said he is still cancer free.

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Mock again tabs QB for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2011 – 10:23 am

The mock drafts are coming fast and furious with the NFL combine winding down. Here’s the latest from Yahoo Sports. Unfortunately it’s not all that different from a lot of mock drafts lately as far as what they have in mind for Buffalo.

With the third overall pick, they’ve got the Bills taking, Auburn QB Cam Newton. Perhaps even more interesting is they have Alabama DL  Marcell Dareus going first overall to Carolina, followed by Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers to Denver.

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Newton 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2011 – 11:42 am

Cam Newton just wrapped up his second attempt in the 40. Here are the unofficial results.

Newton’s first attempt was a 4.58. He followed that up with a 4.59.

The bottom line is for a QB that’s 6’5″ 4.58 is more than fast enough.

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