Along with Russell Wilson a trio of prospects have gathered at One Bills Drive for visits as RB Trent Richardson, OT Mike Adams, and DE Chandler Jones all have gathered. Word of this comes from the Buffalo Bills official site. Richardson and Adams are seen as first round picks while Jones is a potential Day 2 guy and a native New Yorker.
The visit of Trent Richardson may scare off some people given that we already have Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller, but Jackson is aging and passing on talent like Richardson’s at 10 could ruin a franchise for a number of years. We are not usually advocates of taking luxury picks like this when you still have such clear needs but talent like Richardson’s is rare.
He’s a powerful back with speed, and size. When he runs he looks effortless and he can either beat you to the corner, or run you over on his way past you. He has a nice stiff arm that will remind some of the days when Willis McGahee was running here. While we think it’s extremely unlikely Richardson even falls to us, it’s nice to see the Bills continuing to do their due diligence in this process.
Offensive Tackle Mike Adams has been a guy whose stock was sky high early in the draft process, fell some, went up some, and then fell again. Depending on who you talk to he either has had a good or bad Senior Bowl and it seems like nobody can agree on where he should go. We can all but guarantee he’s a first round pick and he’s definitely going to get a look at LT.
The issues with Adams revolve around his feet, his footwork has a tendency to get sloppy and that can cause him to be slow off the snap. If that occurs he is very susceptible to being beat by smaller, quicker DE’s. This has led some to question whether or not he’s a true LT prospect or more of a RT. We still hold out hope for Adams on the left side. He may be a bit of a reach at 10 but could be great value in a trade down scenario.
Finally we come to the Endicott, NY native in Chandler Jones. We already know the Bills have met with Jones before during the Combine in Indianapolis. We also know that Jones is a guy with recently rising stock. He has tested well and teams consider him to be both a 43 DE and a 34 OLB prospect.
Jones left school a year early after dominating the Big East again this past season. He has a lot of natural athletic ability and does a good job timing his jump and exploding out of his stance. He has ideal length and strength that should let him work through blocks and continue to make plays all over the field.
Jones’s main concerns are surrounding his ability to continue to get better, and develop his rush moves. He still is a bit raw in a number of areas and if he can develop a good counter move to his intial speed rush he could become a very hard DE to block.
Right now we see Jones as a 3rd Round pick, but his could easily be a 2nd Rounder if he impresses in his visits.