Rookie and 1st Year Player Minicamp Preview

Will Chan Gailey see anybody he likes this weekend?

With the minicamp fully underway today is the day workouts start and these players will be going through one of the craziest 72 hour period of their entire lives. They are about to get a crash course in what it takes to be a NFL play.

In addition to our nine rookies from this draft, and nine 1st year players from last year’s team the Bills have added 10 Undrafted Free Agents and 21 Try-Out players. With nearly 50 players in mini-camp this weekend it will be imperative that both the UDFA’s and Try-Out players find a way to impress.

Here are the 10 Undrafted Free Agents this Bills have signed;
QB Aaron Corp – Richmond
RB Chris Douglas – Missouri State
OL Paul Madsen – Colorado State
OL David Snow – Texas
LB Garrick Williams – Texas A&M

CB Cris Hill – Virginia Tech
SAF Delano Howell – Stanford
SAF Nick Sukay – Penn State
SAF Ian Wild – Mercyhurst
P Shawn Powell – FSU

The Bills currently sit at 88 total roster spots which leaves two open for camp that will likely be given to one of the 21 Try-Out players listed below. You’ll see that we did not include Dominic Cook on our list and that’s because we only broke down the rookies. There is also another player missing in WR Roddell Carter from UAB.

C Taylor Boggs – Humboldt State
Was a Division II All-American last year while leading a rushing attack that ran for 2,239 yards last year while giving up only 8 sacks. He’s a bit undersized and doesn’t have elite caliber athleticism so questions about how well he’ll do in the pros certainly exist.

RB Zach Brown – Pittsburgh
An often banged up RB prospect who showed plenty of potential during his time at Wisconsin and Pittsburgh. The former Wisconsin Badger transferred to Pitt for his senior season is very similar to what Chris Douglas offers us in the bowling ball style.

DE Vince Browne – Northwestern
Browne was considered to be a premier pass rush prospect coming into last year but has had his fair share of struggles with both nagging injuries and inconsistent play. He’s an high motor rusher who knows how to get after the QB and has a never say die motor.

TE Derek Buttles – Maine
The TE/FB prospect from Maine has very good size and hands for the position. He projects as more of an H-Back type who can play in line, in the backfield, or out in the slot. That versatility gives us something no other TE on our roster currently offers us.

DE Sean Ferguson-Mississippi State
Ferguson didn’t see the field a whole lot for Mississippi State over the past couple of years and was arrested for a possession charge back in 2010. This is one of the deepest sleepers in this minicamp and we can honestly say we don’t know much about Ferguson.

LB Nick Clark – Alfred
Nick Clark is a local kid who played down at Division III Alfred. He does a good job attacking the ball and has the versatility to play inside and outside. He does not have elite level athleticism but he does have good instincts and a nose for finding the football.

WR Gino Crump – Arizona
A former West Virginia Mountaineer who left school and walked on at Arizona. Crump is a bigger WR who can run and is considered by some to be underrated and could be a nice surprise in this minicamp.

WR Kevin Fitzpatrick – Marist
Yet another bigger WR who can run well, Fitzpatrick was one of the most dominant receivers in the Pioneer League this past season. He is making a big jump in competition level but he could be a guy who comes out and shocks some people at how well he can play.

DE Corey Hart – Alabama A&M
A pass rush specialist from the SWAC who absolutely destroyed teams this year. He has a good first step and is very effective with his speed rush up the field. The issue is that he is undersized and struggled some in all-star events this offseason.

DT Johnny Hollins – Texas Southern
A former Texas Tech commit who ended up at Arizona, and then down at Texas Southern. When Hollins wants to make a play he has as much athleticism as anybody for a man his size. He fires off the ball low and fast and can beat most interior lineman that way his questions center almost entirely around his motor.

LB Emmanuel Lamur – Kansas State
A Cover 2 style LB with great size and athleticism. He runs in the low 4.6’s and is able to play in coverage. He has outstanding range and is a converted SAF. His coverage ability on the TE could be a huge asset to him coming into this minicamp.

CB Byron Mulkey – Buffalo
The former UB Basketball player, Mulkey hasn’t played football since HS but with his athletic ability he’s worth a flyer. The former PG has good quickness and leaping ability which should help him stay with some of the WR’s in this camp.

S Nick Saenz – Houston
A strong tackling SAF prospect who does a good job coming up and playing in the box. He’s not as adept in coverage as some of the other SAF prospects we’ll have in camp but he may be the best hitter of the group.

FB/TE Derek Session – Maine
Another FB/TE option for the Bills from Maine, Derek Session’s doesn’t have the size of Derek Buttles but he has better overall athletic ability and more blocking experience. This will be a test to see if Corey McIntyre will get a camp challenge.

DE Bernard Smith – Louisiana-Lafayette
An undersized DE prospect who has decent but not great athletic ability but is a hard worker with a solid motor. We just aren’t sure if Smith can overcome his size limitations (6’1, 232) without possessing that elite level athletic ability.

QB Alex Tanney – Monmouth College
A Division III All-American that hold a number of NCAA Records, Tanney is a big QB with a strong arm and a trick shot video. Tanney is going to be a direct challenge to UDFA QB Aaron Corp to see if he can potentially take Corp’s spot in training camp. Tanney choose the Bills over the Steelers and could steal the show this weekend.

LB Jeff Thomas – Indiana
Another versatile LB option who runs well and has phenomenal tackling technique in the field. Thomas isn’t going to offer a whole lot in terms of coverage or blitzing but he is very strong as a run defender and on a team that lacks LB quality he has a shot to stick.

DT Logan Walls – Georgia Tech
Finally Logan Walls was a 34 NT for the Yellow Jackets but he never really fit the zero gap role he was supposed to be playing. He may do better in a Pat Williams type role in a 43 where he can eat up blockers and push the pocket.

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