McShay: Bills in tough spot at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2012 – 12:39 pm

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay recently had the Bills taking Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd with the 10th overall pick in his latest mock draft this week, but he feels the value in the middle of round one this year is very mixed. Having a top 10 pick is usually a great opportunity to get a top flight talent, but in McShay’s mind in this particular draft it puts the Bills in a difficult position.

“When you look at the Bills, yes, offensive tackle is a huge need, but are they going to pull the trigger that high? That’s the problem,” said McShay Friday on a national conference call. “Anyone can sit here and say they can trade back. I don’t know that they can. I don’t know that anyone wants to move up to number 10 because my thought about this draft is what you get a 9, 10, 11, 12 is what you’re going to get at 17, 18, 19, 20. I think there’s a drop-off, but there’s a lot of depth in the middle of the first round.”

Knowing NFL clubs would have to pay a respectable price to move into the top 10, weighing the cost to do so against the marginal drop-off in talent makes it unlikely that teams picking in the teens or early 20’s would do so unless some major prospect slips as McShay sees it.

In fact McShay in picking Floyd for the Bills didn’t like the choice and agonized over it, further convincing him that Buffalo could have a tough choice at 10 knowing their positional needs, in his mind, don’t fit the value of prospects on the board at those positions. 

“I gave them Michael Floyd the receiver from Notre Dame and I hated it at the time and I struggled with it. It held me up for about a half hour before I decided to just plug him in there. I don’t know that they want to do that. It’s no more a reach to take Floyd at 10 than it is to take (Jonathan) Martin or any of the other offensive tackles. For a team that’s done such a great job drafting and in free agency the past couple of years, they’re in a tough spot. I’m intrigued to see how they get out of it and what they’re able to get from that number 10 pick.”

Of course how the Bills might have players valued could very well be completely different from analysts like McShay and Kiper and be pretty happy with the value they feel will be there when they’re on the clock. Only the Bills personnel department knows for sure.

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McShay: White most underrated

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2011 – 2:37 pm

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay called Bills fifth-round pick Johnny White the biggest sleeper in the draft class.

“One of the most underrated players regardless of position in this year’s draft is Johnny White from North Carolina,” said McShay. “He played different positions early in his career and was a defensive back and moved him to a wide receiver role and they tinkered with him. He’s a little over 5’10” and a little over 200 pounds. Your average NFL size for a back.

“He has quickness and that lateral agility and the ability to make the sharp cuts and explode. He has tremendous ball skills and if you’re not going to be a starter right away as a running back you’ve got to contribute on third down and you’ve got to contribute on special teams. Johnny White can catch the ball as well as any back in this class and is very productive as a return specialist. I think he has a lot of upside in that regard.”

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ESPN’s McShay on the QB class

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2009 – 4:40 pm

ESPN’s Todd McShay gave his take on a national conference call for media members this week on the 2010 QB draft class. Here’s what he had to say.

“With (Jake) Locker out, it will be interesting now to see how the quarterback position shakes out,” said McShay. “You have Sam Bradford coming off the injury who is very talented and certainly from a skills standpoint and potential standpoint belongs in the top 10 to 15 picks. Then Jimmy Clausen from Notre Dame, who I’m not as high on as some other people seem to be. I think he’s well-coached and has enough physical tools but I don’t think he’s exceptional physically. I think his arm strength is just adequate. I think he’s thrown a lot of balls up for grabs and he’s not going to get away with that in the NFL. And from everyone I talk to in the scouting community, there are questions about his leadership and how good of a teammate he is and do you want him to be the face of your organization.

“I think its going to be very interesting watching the quarterback position with those two as the first-rounders. Then, where does Tim Tebow go and where does Colt McCoy go? Two of the most decorated college football players in the history of the game. With those four quarterbacks at the top, there’s going to be a lot of buzz about the position, but we may only have one that goes in the first half in the first round which makes it even more interesting.” 
There are some other underclassmen that still may declare for the draft like Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett, who is a third-year sophomore. The other guy that I’m interested in watching is Oregon State’s Sean Canfield. He’s playing tonight in the MAACO bowl against BYU. He’s 6’4″ 214 and he’s a southpaw. He doesn’t have great arm strength, but he’s completed 70 percent of his passes and thrown for over 3,100 yards along with 21 TDs and 6 picks.

Beavers head coach Mike Riley has see Derek Anderson and Matt Moore (Carolina starter last week) come through his program, but some experts maintain that Canfield could be even better than those two. How much better is the question.

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