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Fan Friday 4-22

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2016 – 12:46 pm

The last Fan Friday before the 2016 NFL draft. Let’s get right to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Are there any areas of concern that we’re overlooking when it comes to the roster? DL and QB are always talked about.

Jordan Hanson @iamthelegenddd

CB: If you’re looking for hidden needs so to speak I think OT, CB and safety are areas that could use some reinforcements. At tackle and safety you don’t know for sure what the future holds for Seantrel Henderson with his health condition and Aaron Williams in his comeback from a neck injury.

Jordan Mills re-signed, but has a one-year contract. So investing at offensive tackle would make sense.

Williams said himself he won’t know for sure if he can continue his playing career until he starts hitting in training camp. Adding a safety even later in the draft would be advisable to cover the organization in a worst case scenario with Williams.

Cornerback might be a position that draws eye rolls from fans, but with the loss of Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks, depth is an issue there even though they signed Corey White in free agency. So there is a good argument to add there as well.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills Are the top 3 picks most likely DL, LB, and QB on some order? #FanFriday

NFL Predictor @PredictingNFL

CB: While there is no debate that the Bills want to add to their talent base in the front seven on defense and have made no secret that they need to add a quarterback, to just blindly say those are likely to be their top three picks is foolhardy. The reason why is there’s no way to know what will be sitting on the board when they’re on the clock in any of the first three rounds.

What if there’s an early run on defensive linemen? Do they take one of the top four offensive tackles in round one? They could. What if some cornerback slips to them in round two, who they have with a first round grade? They would take him.

There are simply too many variables to say they’ll address these three positions in the first three rounds. In a perfect world that would be a very logical thought, but as you know that’s not how the draft works.

If the value isn’t right Doug Whaley is not going to force a pick at a need position, plain and simple.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills what would your reaction be to Darron Lee going 19?

James @jarbarian9

CB: I’d be very happy with that pick at 19. Lee is the new wave of linebacker teams need in the NFL. I think as long as your defensive scheme has a way to protect a linebacker like Lee from getting covered up you can maximize his playmaking value. He’d be a very solid pick there at a position that needs an influx of talent. Whether he’s still be on the board will be the big question.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills curious about this so called infatuation the bills have with Kevin Hogan, is there any truth to that and why?

Matt @mattgolden03

CB: I think people are reading way too much into what Doug Whaley said about Hogan about a month ago. Yes, he stated that he thought Hogan would be one of the most pro ready quarterbacks in the class. That is probably true. He played in a pro-style offense, ran a good number of plays from under center and had progressions that he had to read after the snap. Those three things alone will be completely new to most of this year’s quarterback prospects.

Now does that mean the Bills see him as a fit? Not necessarily.

My personal opinion is Hogan is not a fit for Buffalo. After watching him throw at the NFL combine he doesn’t appear to have the arm strength necessary to play in Greg Roman offense that likes to exploit defenses with over the top throws, usually to the boundary. The weather, most notably the wind in Ralph Wilson Stadium would also present a problem.


5 – Chris,

What Inside LB’s would be a fit for the Bills scheme in the draft. Do they need a more athletic  player next to Preston? Cravens from USC looks to be a great fit. What other names should we look for?


CB: Darron Lee is listed as an outside linebacker, but I think he could play the WILL inside. The question is whether he’ll still be on the board at 19. Most mock drafters don’t think so, but I’m hopeful. Cravens is even smaller than Lee, which worries me a bit in terms of being a linebacker fit.

I like Josh Perry a lot, Lee’s teammate at Ohio State, though he probably goes in round 2 or 3. He’s not quite as athletic as Lee, but man is he a reliable, consistent player. West Virginia’s Nick Kwiatkoski is another ILB to consider late on day two or early day three.

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Jeremiah ranks Lee just ahead of Ragland

Posted by Chris Brown on April 14, 2016 – 9:22 am

There’s not a lot of separation at draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has it between Ohio State LB prospect Darron Lee and Alabama LB prospect Reggie Ragland. But what gives Lee the edge over Ragland in Jermiah’s mind is one key difference. Speed.

“I have Darron Lee at 11, and Ragland at number 12,” said Jeremiah in a recent conference call. “So I have them very close. It’s a different flavor what you’re looking for. Lee can give you more athleticism, more speed. He’s a dynamic blitzer. Somebody that can really, really run with the athletic tight ends and just the range that he has laterally is pretty much off the charts.

“He doesn’t have the same take on ability that Ragland does. You’ll see him flash on occasion, but he’ll get completely swallowed up, and you don’t see that happen to Reggie Ragland. Lee, you don’t get quite that thump. You get a little more athleticism. And in today’s league the way it is, I end up putting him a little bit above Ragland because of that athleticism and what he can give you in the passing game.”

With NFL offenses throwing the ball more and more having a linebacker athletic enough to handle one-on-one coverage assignments with elusive tight ends and tailbacks is critical for a three-down player at the second level. Lee has those qualities as we covered in our latest NFL draft prospect profile featureon.

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LB Lee tops position group in 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 8:26 am

It was no surprise that Ohio State LB prospect Darron Lee scorched the 40 at the NFL Combine over the weekend. Forecast as a late-first round pick, it’s Lee’s speed and athleticism that has teams seeing him as a true three down linebacker capable of handling any coverage assignment required of a LB.

A safety in high school, Lee was converted to linebacker when he arrived at Columbus. Weighing in at 232 and running a 4.47 only enhances his stock as there were a handful of teams worried about his playing weight, which was reportedly as low as 219 at times. Running that time and carrying the proper weight solidifies where he’ll go on day 1 of the draft.

“I think getting more speed to those defense, I know a lot of teams are looking for speed,” Lee said. “I feel that’s something I’ll be able to do, me tuning up my technique and becoming more of a linebacker over these next couple of years, that will help me out.”

Here’s a look at the top five 40 times at the linebacker position from the NFL Combine.

1 – Darron Lee – Ohio State – 4.47
2 – Travis Feeney – Washington – 4.50
3 – De’Vondre Campbell – Minnesota – 4.58
4 – Deion Jones – LSU – 4.59
5 – Leonard Floyd – Georgia – 4.6\ Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

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Ohio St. LB Lee has good weigh in

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 3:23 pm

NFL draft analysts have made a big issue about Ohio State LB Darron Lee’s weight knowing he committed to the Buckeyes out of high school as a safety, only to play linebacker once he got to Columbus. Some analysts had his weight as low as 219 pounds, which would be a concern for NFL talent evaluators. But Lee had a solid weigh in at the NFL Combine.

“Today I weighed in at 232,” said Lee. “I’m not too worried about that. I usually play at 235. I didn’t have a big breakfast today.”

Lee said his ideal playing weight is between 235 and 238 pounds.

“I should be fine there,” he said. “I can carry it around and I’ve trained with it.”

Lee was a big time playmaker for the Buckeyes, and with the expectation of him running a fast time, Lee figures to be a late first-round pick.

“He’s going to run in the 4.4s and everyone will get excited about him,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. “He’s more of a 20-32 (late first round) guy for me and will go in the first round.” Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

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