As the Day 3 of the draft ends we head into the UDFA period which we call Day 4. This may be one of the craziest times for draft analysts and agents because everything is going at the same time. Teams are scrambling to grab the best players to fit their teams, and agents are scrambling to find teams for their players.
We know that after taking nine players in the NFL Draft the Buffalo Bills are sitting at a roster count of 79. The limit for training camp rosters this year is 90, so that leaves the Bills with 11 open slots which they can fill with UDFA. They can of course take more they’ll just have to be down to 90 by the time they enter camp.
Below are a few names at each position that we would target if we were in charge, and we’ll be tracking all the UDFA signings here, and all the Bills signings here;
QB Alex Tanney-Monmouth
Tanney is a guy we’ve been high on for years out of the Division III ranks. He has good size, athleticism, and played in a very unique super speed spread offense. That should allow him to come in and understand our offense very quickly.
QB Dane Simoneau-Washburn
Simoneau is another small school guy, this time out of Division II. Simoneau is a big armed athletic QB who knows how to buy time in the pocket and is a composed leader on the field.
QB David LeGree-Hampton
LeGree is actually a Syracuse transfer, he is built very much in the mold of Cam Newton coming in at 6’4, 249 lbs. He is as fast as Cam but he can move and he has a rocket arm. He suffered a shoulder injury late in the season so that will have to be checked out.
Darrell Scott-South Florida
Scott was a top level recruit coming out of HS but struggled to fit in at Colorado and made his way down to South Florida. He’s a strong back, who has great balance when he runs, and decent vision. He could become a good rotational back in time.
Jonas Gray-Notre Dame
Gray was really coming into his at Notre Dame before he tore his knee up. If he is fully healthy he’s a big back with some speed, and wiggle. He can make you miss, or just run over you. He’s an ideal feature back with time.
Brandon Bolden-Ole Miss
Bolden struggled with injuries his entire senior year or else he would of gotten drafted. Bolden has that ideal size speed combination and does a good job of getting out of the backfield and catching the ball.
Big Division III target who tracks the ball very well down the field and knows how to go up and get it. Wallace attacks the ball at its highest point and isn’t afraid to battle with physical CB’s to go up and get it.
Now Johnson hasn’t played football in a year because of the Miami mess, but he was really starting to come into his own in 2010 and had high hopes for 2011. There is some character concern but Johnson is a huge target down the field.
One of the most dominant WR’s in the FCS the past couple of years, Summers has great size, decent speed, and terrific athletic ability. He’ll need to clean up his routes but you can’t beat his size and production.
Siller is actually a converted QB who is still learning the WR position. He runs very well and has lots of athletic ability. He’s still quite raw when it comes to running routes but if a team can put the time in on him, it could pay off big time.
The Bills saw Tounkara at the Brown Pro Day, and we saw him live at the BSN Collegiate Showcase. He’s a smart and intelligent WR who uses his size extremely well and has massive hands.
The former basketball player turned football player, Chase Ford had a very good showing at the East-West Shrine Game. He is extremely athletic and knows how to work the seam route to burn the defense. He could turn into another Jimmy Graham.
Carrier is a former WR turned TE who is amongst the most athletic prospects in this draft. He has exceptional speed and leaping ability for the position but will need to add strength and weight in order to see much playing time.
Kyle Fiedorowicz-North Central
Back to Division III again with a TE prospect who is as tall as his last name is long. Fiedorowicz is 6’7 and around 250 lbs. He uses his size very well in the red zone and is an ideal threat for the fade pass to the back corner.
A power tackle who is best suited for the right side. Ryan knows how to move the man in front of him but needs some coaching on his technique so he can get better at dealing with speed rushers off the edge.
Was injured for all of 2011 but really came on in 2010 at LT for the Tigers. Light on his feet and does a good job mirroring rushers. The injury will have to check out but if it does, this could be a sleeper grab.
Tyler Hendrickson-Concordia St. Paul
Big, tall classic LT with long arms, Hendrickson is an interesting prospect because if he gets his hands on you and locks out its all over. He’s a little stiff, and plays too upright, but with some coaching that could be corrected.
We actually like Tribue more than linemate Dennis who is often rated higher. Tribue is very athletic and could be an asset pulling on outside running plays. Also very strong, and knows how to finish his blocks.
Big OG prospect who has very good technique but limited athleticism. There is some concern with where he’ll play because he is considered one of the top prospects for next week’s CFL draft.
A more developed prospect than you usually see coming out of Division III. Has a nice base technically speaking and solid footwork, the catch is that he must get stronger and bigger.
Garth Gerhart-Oklahoma State
Gerhart is a good OC prospect who has a nice snap out of the shotgun formation and does a good job getting out of his stance and ready to block.
Ok this one may have just been because I love the name.
You’ll have to get over the character issues of course, but in 2010 Paige-Moss looked like a player who was about to come into his own. He was a projected 1st Round pick in the preseason and has a ton of talent.
Ortiz is a DT/DE combo player who should fit our scheme perfectly. Has a very good first step and knows how to get into the B gap and blow it wide open.
Adrian Hamilton-Prairie View A&M
Led the entire country in sacks last year, and is an absolutely terror off the edge. Can rush from a two point or three point stance and shows plenty of burst and explosion.
There is some serious injury issues here, but if he checks out healthy he’s a Top 3 Round talent. Fortson has displayed both speed and power in time at Miami.
Harris is a classic 43 DT who has a good first step and finally put it all together during his senior season. He does a good job getting into the gap and blowing it wide open but can he become more consistent?
Renard Williams-Eastern Washington
Coming into 2011 it was thought Williams would challenge to be the top Small School guy drafted in this draft, but has a very sub-par senior year. If he can get motivated, he could be a gem.
Nick Webb-Weber State
An uber athletic OLB who has sideline to sideline range and knows how to tackle. Not quite the same caliber of coverage LB’s we drafted but more of a downhill attacking LB who can blitz.
Heyman had a fantastic week at the Casino Del Sol game, and the Bills particularly took an interest in him. The Bills also watched Heyman a number of times this season.
Nigel Carr-Alabama State
Former FSU Seminole who got into a good bit of trouble and transferred down to Alabama State. Hasn’t played a ton of football in the past two years but he was a beast in the ACC.
Brandon Harvey-Delaware State
Elite level instincts, good athletic ability, and a knack for finding the football. Harvey was by far the best player on Delaware State the past few years.
A strong tackling MLB prospect who has above average athleticism, and a high Football IQ. Sees the play as it develops and reacts quickly.
Adrien Cole-Louisiana Tech
An athletic LB prospect who could play inside or outside, but we project him inside. Runs very well, and has some coverage ability.
Shocked he didn’t get drafted, Steed could become a stud CB for us. He was the only CB to ever lock down Brian Quick in a game during their careers.
Like his Hampton teammate, David Legree, Pellerin was a transfer down from the FBS. Pellerin came down from Southern Miss and may have the smoothest hips of any CB in this entire draft.
Jeremy Jones-Wayne State
Jones is a CB/SAF tweener who was an elite level defender at the Division II level. Has great instincts and utilizes them to get a good break on the ball. Not the best tackler, but he will give plenty of effort.
Didn’t start much at Pitt, but saw a lot of time out of the nickel and kept it on lock. Absolutely destroyed his Pro Day and has a very high ceiling for a team who can take a shot.
Janzen Jackson-McNeese State
Former Tennessee star Janzen Jackson’s career has been in a tailspin since his Sophomore year. Jackson has good size, speed, and athleticism but hasn’t really had a chance to develop too much over the last couple of years.
Daniels is one of the most secure safety valves in this draft. Daniels is a very good tackling safety who is underrated as an athlete.
The Bills saw Peyton the same time they saw Tounkara, Peyton is a SAF who loves to throw his body around. He is a big hitter in the middle who also has some ball skills.