Bills Release 30 Official Visitors


Luke Kuechly did end up visiting Buffalo overall

The Bills today made their official release known of all thirty visitors and it appears as though we missed three of the thirty based on the project we made last week. In the end that responsibility falls directly on us for being wrong, and we take full accountability for that. We apologize to our readers for pushing forward with that information but that was why we left them as unconfirmed visitors. In the end we had 27 of the 30 visitors correct and we are very happy with that.

So who were the three we missed? Well they were Boston College LB Luke Kuechly, Miami DE Olivier Vernon, and Troy OL James Brown.

Let’s start with BC LB Luke Kuechly and his ability. Kuechly is a guy who is a tackling machine, he may be the surest tackler in this draft and he uses great technique to breakdown in the middle of the field and take guys down. He projects as either a MLB or WLB in a 43 set and has phenomenal instincts to see where the play is going and where the hole is forming.

The questions with Kuechly revolve around his ability to get outside the tackle box and make plays. He timed extremely well at the combine but that doesn’t show up on the film. Another concern is that BC did a very good job of keeping Kuechly clean while at BC but in the pros he will have to deal with more traffic and learn to shed better, as it stands Kuechly can be blocked and struggles to disengage.

We rank Kuechly as our #3 ILB and #43 overall.

Full Luke Kuechly Scouting Report

Combine Numbers:
Height: 6032
Weight: 242 lbs.
Hand: 9 ¾”
Arm: 31”
Wingspan: 75 1/”
Bench: 27 Reps
10 Yd Split: 1.56
20 Yd Split: 2.59
40 Yd Dash: 4.58
Vertical: 38”
Broad: 10’03”
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.12
60 Yd Shuttle: 11.43
3 Cone: 6.92

Miami DE Olivier Vernon is an interesting prospect to bring in but he’s definitely a Day 3 type candidate and he’s yet another pass rusher that this team is looking at. Vernon who never really blossomed while at Miami has a good first step and plenty of athleticism to work with on his pass rush. He’s has a solid frame to build off of and many people see him as a prospect with a high ceiling.

The issue with Vernon is that he’s never really reached that ceiling or even come close to it. He had a good year in 2010 registering 10.5 TFL, and 6 sacks, but then got suspended six games after the Miami scandal broke for 2011. For his career Vernon has 81 tackles, 20.5 TFL, and 9 sacks and comes in with raw technique.

We see Vernon as our #13 DE and #145 overall

Combine Numbers:
Height: 6021
Weight: 261
Hand: 10 1/8”
Arm: 33”
Wingspan: 79 1/8”
Bench: 31 Reps
10 Yd Split: 1.60
20 Yd Split: 2.70
40 Yd Dash: 4.73
Vertical: 34 ½”
Broad: 10’02”
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.50
3 Cone: 7.39

Finally there is Troy OL James Brown who we like a lot as an OT option but many other see as an OG. Brown is an athletic lineman who knows how to move and looks light on his feet. He has a good frame with long arms which he uses to keep pass rushers away. He does a decent job mirroring the speed rush and is quick enough to deal with pass rushers counter moves that force him to change direction.

Where Brown struggles is in the power aspect of his game. He doesn’t do well enough v. the bull rush, often he can get knocked off balance on initial contact or walked back into the pocket. He doesn’t have the best technique in terms of his anchor and he can get too high out of his stance exposing a big target for defenders to get into.

We rank Brown as our #8 OT and #84 overall.

Combine Numbers:
Height: 6034
Weight: 306 lbs.
Hand: 10 ¼”
Arm: 34 ½”
Wingspan: 81 ¾”
Bench: 24 Reps
10 Yd Split: 1.81
20 Yd Split: 3.03
40 Yd Dash: 5.19
Vertical: 25 ½”
Broad: 8’06”
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.78
3 Cone: 7.70

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Prospect Vists

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