Inside The Bills

Inside intel on TE McDonald

Posted by Chris Brown on April 11, 2013 – 2:09 pm

The Bills are in the market for a tight end with the uncertain health status of Scott Chandler coming off a torn ACL late last season. Buffalo had Rice TE Vance McDonald in for a pre-draft visit Thursday. McDonald is a talented athlete, which any NFL talent evaluator can see, but the Bills have some inside information on McDonald thanks to a member of their coaching staff.

Bills linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach watched almost all of McDonald’s college career on a daily basis at Rice, where he served as the defensive coordinator for McDonald’s first three seasons at the school.

McDonald is a natural athlete who is fluid in his movement and catching ability. He’s also strong, particularly as a downfield blocker. During much of his junior season when he was lined up in the slot and detached from the formation, they often ran bubble screens and toss and stretch plays his way so he could block downfield.

McDonald’s strength was seen with his 31 reps on the bench at the NFL Combine. He also ran a 4.6 40 time, had a 33 1/2″ vertical and a 9’11” broad jump. Not bad for 6’4″ 267.

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TEs Eifert & Ertz posting numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2013 – 1:15 pm

Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert and Stanford TE Zach Ertz are widely considered the top two tight end prospects in the draft class. They’re living up to their billing in the workout drills thus far here at the NFL Combine.

Eifert had an eye-popping 35.5 inch vertical and a 9’11” broad jump. He also pumped out 22 reps on the bench.

Ertz had Eifert beat on the bench with 24 reps, but was a bit behind in the vertical (30.5″) and broad jump (9’3″).

Another TE putting in a solid workout is Rice’s Vance McDonald. He’s got the high in his position group for bench press with 31 reps and matched Eifert in the broad jump (9’11”). He has not yet attempted the vertical leap.

Buffalo GM Buddy Nix said tight end is a need position for the Bills due to the uncertainty of Scott Chandler coming off ACL surgery at the end of the regular season.

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