Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft: Torell Troup

Back injuries have set back Torell Troup’s career, but the 2013 season will be a make-or-break year for the 2010 second-round pick. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The second installment of Buffalo Bills Draft’s look back at the 2010 NFL Draft analyzes their second-round selection of Torell Troup, whose career has been stalled since suffering a serious back injury during the 2011 season.

Round 2, Pick 41: Torell Troup, Defensive Tackle, Central Florida

In Round 2 of the 2010 draft, nose tackle was one area where the Bills were looking to add talent. The team was in the process of transitioning to a 3-4 defense under new coach Chan Gailey and new defensive coordinator George Edwards, and Kyle Williams was a bit undersized for the nose tackle role.

When the Bills selected Troup, I remember feeling quite disappointed. Troup was coming off of strong East-West Shrine Game and NFL Scouting Combine performances, but it wasn’t enough to win me over. Terrence Cody was still on the board and I felt he had outstanding value at pick 41. Cody’s career hasn’t taken off in Baltimore, so I may have been wrong about his NFL prospects, but he’s contributed more than Troup to this point.

Troup’s Career at Central Florida

Troup was a three-year starter for the Golden Knights. Playing under head coach George O’Leary, his main responsibility was to tie up blockers.

During his collegiate career, Troup was a two-time second team All-Conference USA pick. Troup played in 47 games at Central Florida, starting in 39 games. He ended his career with 105 total tackles, 24 of which registered for losses. His play in the middle allowed defensive ends Bruce Miller and Jarvis Geathers to register 24 total sacks in his senior season.

What the Draft Analysts Said Following the 2010 NFL Draft

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com gave the pick a C:

The Bills need a bigger nose tackle for their move to the 3-4 and this kid weighs 314 pounds. He was a three-year starter. I think Cam Thomas or Terrence Cody were better options.

As previously mentioned, Kiper gave Buffalo’s overall draft a C+. In round two, Kiper was not a fan of the Troup pick (ESPN Insider Subscription Needed):

 The Bills reached on Torell Troup, who has to develop.

FOXSports’ John Czarnecki gave the Bills’ draft a C grade. Czarnecki felt Buffalo picked Troup too soon:

To shore up their porous run defense, they grabbed 318-pound nose tackle Torrell Troup of Central Florida about 20 spots too high. Troup was a three-year starter and a team captain and ran a spectacular 5.1 40-yard dash.

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3 Responses to “Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft: Torell Troup”

  1. Glenn Gifford says:

    Nice work Ryan! I hold Troup in the same category as Marcus Easley. Their careers run a similar path. I hope he is healthy and can stay healthy however he is really very much like a rookie this year considering his limited playing time. Let’s hope he pans out. I think this is his last kick at the can. Good work!

    • Ryan Talbot says:

      Thanks Glenn! I agree that there are plenty of similarities between Troup and Easley. If I had to pick one who will be the final roster in 2013, I’d go with Troup without hesitation.

      Easley is going to have to thoroughly impress the coaching staff in training camp and stay healthy. I’m thinking the Bills keep six WRs at most. Obviously Johnson and Woods are locks. I doubt the team gives up on Graham (who has looked good in OTAs) and Goodwin will be on the roster too. Da’Rick Rogers may be an undrafted free agent, but I think he’s more talented than some of the aforementioned names. That leaves Easley competing with plenty of other WRs for that final spot.

      Troup, if healthy, can be a solid contributor in 2013. Here’s hoping!

      • Glenn Gifford says:

        Agreed! Hopefully Troup helps out and Carrington continues to show well. Then perhaps the 2010 draft doesn’t look so bad! Cheers!




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