Less than a week to go until the draft. Let the rumors fly. As a reminder next week Fan Friday will take a hiatus as we will be providing frequent Inside the Bills blog updates during rounds two and three of the NFL draft. Fan Friday will return on April 30.
Here are your questions this week. (AskChris@bills.nfl.net).
1 – Chris,
Because our OL was not all that great last year, what is your opinion on the following draft scenario:
1st Brian Bulaga or Trent Williams OT
2nd Cam Thomas NT
3rd Jon Asamoah OG could be used as OT
4th Anthony Dixon RB
5th John Skelton QB
6th Linval Joseph NT
7th Seyi Ajirotutu WR
I think this really addresses our needs, and solidifies out OL and DL especially with the new 3-4 D.
I know a lot people would not like this, but we have to get strong up front before anything !!!
CB: You’re preaching to the choir on fortifying the lines first. I’d be ecstatic if those first two picks come to fruition. Asamoah might not be there in the third and East Carolina’s Linval Joseph definitely will not be there in the fifth round. In fact he might come off the board before Thomas in round two. That guy is a beast. Positionally I think you’re on the money for the most part, although Chan Gailey made it clear he’s seeking a third down change of pace back that has more elusiveness to his game than Dixon, who moves the pile.
2 – Chris,
Do you think Cody out of Alabama would be a good nose tackle? I think we might be able to get him in the 2nd round.
Can’t wait for the draft. Tired of seeing everybody and their mom’s mock draft that keep coming out everyday.
CB: I think Cody will be a very effective run stuffer in the NFL. How can he not be? The man is enormous. That however, could also be a problem. He had issues with his endurance in college. In a lot of games he rarely played more than 35 snaps. He was a two down player in college and figures to be that in the NFL where the speed of the game is likely to get him winded even quicker.
Knowing he’s a two down player only I’m not sure every NFL team would be willing to invest a second-round pick in him, but I’m sure there are two or three teams willing to do that. Whether the Bills are one of them remains to be seen.
3 – Hey Chris,
What do you think are our chances of getting Jared Gaither from Baltimore? Heard they lowered their choices to an early 2 rd pick.
CB: There are rumors that it would take less than the first-round tender he was offered. What worries me are the reported work ethic issues with Gaither. It might just be a case of a guy that doesn’t get it yet being that he’s still so young and takes his talent for granted. But the Bills have some quality work ethic players on their front line right now. If they believe Gaither could disrupt that chemistry they might not look to acquire him at all.
Knowing the Bills have probably done their due diligence on Gaither in terms of character and work ethic, if he fits the bill and Buffalo doesn’t have the chance to take one of the top three offensive tackles at ninth overall (Bulaga, Okung, Williams), then I think making a move for Gaither becomes a greater possibility.
4 – Hey Chris,
Do you think if Bulaga is off the board that the Bills take Dez Bryant rather than take their chances with Anthony Davis or Trent Williams? At least Dez Bryant is the safe pick to pair up with Lee Evans and then just grab an OT at 41 or trade up. Also do you think Dexter McCluster will be on the board when the bills pick in round 3?
CB: If Bulaga is off the board and Trent Williams is still there I think they leap on him. Personally I think the Bills would be happy with any one of the top three tackles (Okung, Williams, Bulaga). I do not think they would take Anthony Davis at nine due to the fact that he’s 20-years old and a little immature. Dez Bryant is not the way they’re going to go. It would be similar to adding Terrell Owens last year. You haven’t fixed the line so no QB will have time to throw to any of those guys.
I’m not sure McCluster will still be there in round three. Could go late second round.
5 – Hey Chris,
I have a some questions for you concerning the Bills defense.
Do the Bills and their new coaching staff see playing Byrd at free safety and Whitner at strong safety a possibility? What position is Bryan Scott going to play this year? Is he going to be strong safety or linebacker? If the Bills were able to go to a Byrd/Whitner combo at both safety positions do you think we could see a trade with George Wilson or Bryan Scott involved? Thanks for your time. Go Bills!
CB: Head coach Chan Gailey has defended Donte Whitner this offseason after he was the subject of trade rumors. He has been quoted as saying that Whitner is the starting strong safety and I believe free safety is Byrd’s job to lose. Bryan Scott will compete with Whitner. Linebacker is off the table for him. George Wilson will also compete at strong and free safety.
Tags: 2010 NFL Draft, Anthony Dixon, Bryan Bulaga, Bryan Scott, Cam Thomas, Dez Bryant, Donte Whitner, Fan Friday, George Wilson, Jairus Byrd, Jared Gaither, John Skelton, Jon Asamoah, Linval Joseph, Terrence Cody, Trent Williams
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Illinois guard Jon Asamoah, who could not participate at the NFL combine because of a fractured shoulder blade suffered at the Senior Bowl in practice, had his pro day today.
TFYDraftInsider provided the following report.
Two dozen teams were on hand at Illinois today including nine offensive line coaches to watch guard Jon Asamoah workout. His pro-day ended just minutes ago.
Asamoah surprised those in attendance with his athleticism and movement skills. His forty was timed as fast as 5.04 seconds while his short shuttle clocked 4.51 seconds. Asamoah’s vertical jump was 27-inches and broad 8’11’’.
He completed 22-reps on the bench press, not a great number but one must take into consideration Asamoah resumed bench pressing for the first time last week since initially injuring his shoulder blade at the Senior Bowl the week of January 25th.
Later in the workout Asamoah looked terrific in position drills. He’ll now battle Mitch Petrus of Arkansas to be the second guard off the board in two weeks.
Asamoah was part of our Draft Profile series on Buffalobills.com.
Tags: 2010 NFL Draft, Jon Asamoah
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