BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot
Buffalo Bills Draft’s seventh installment of “Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft” takes a look at Buffalo’s late picks, Danny Batten, Levi Brown and Kyle Calloway.
Round 6, Pick 192 : Danny Batten, DE/LB, South Dakota State
Batten, much like Arthur Moats, was another small-school athlete that the Bills had hoped would fit into their 3-4 defense as depth.
Round 7, Pick 209: Levi Brown, QB, Troy
Buffalo didn’t address the quarterback position early in the draft, so they took a flier on Brown, a developmental prospect.
Round 7, Pick 216: Kyle Calloway, OT, Iowa
Calloway was a prospect that fell later than expected in the draft. He seemed like a very strong value pick in the seventh round.
NFL.com Draft Profiles
Batten was not given an NFL draft profile page at NFL.com.
Brown’s NFL.com profile said the following:
Brown is a raw, physical talent who has a relatively strong arm and can get the ball out quickly and accurately but will need a lot of work before he is ready for the next level of football. He has played from a spread offense and will need a lot of work to make the transition to a traditional, pro passing attack. He is not real quick to drop in the pocket, and his accuracy can suffer when he tries to throw on the move. He is not quick or fast enough to buy time when flushed out of the pocket and is not apt to scramble for positive yards very often.
As for Calloway, his draft profile said:
Calloway is another in a long line of Iowa linemen that should have a long career in the NFL. He is not the elite athlete that Gallery or Steinbach were but he has enough initial quickness to get out to pick up the edge rusher. He has excellent hand use and will consistently work to finish his blocks off and has a bit of a nasty temperament on the field. Enough of a knee bender to stay under his pads and will bring his feet with him to sustain and redirect blocks with movement. While he has played tackle on both sides as well as some at guard his best position is probably going to be on the right side in the NFL.
Danny Batten had a strong career at South Dakota State. Batten was a four-year starter at defensive end. He finished his career with the Jackrabbits with 273 total tackles, 53 tackles for loss and 23 sacks. He received All-American honors and finished third in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the FCS’ top defensive player, as a senior.
Levi Brown began his college career at Richmond. He completed 66-of-133 passes at Richmond for 684 yards. He also had five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Once he transferred to Troy, his career really took off. In his junior season, he completed 201-of-326 passes (61.7 completion %) for 2,030 yards. He threw 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions. In his final season, he produced huge numbers for Troy. Brown completed 321-of-504 passes (63.7 completion %) for 4,254 yards. His touchdown to interception ratio was 23/9. Brown played in a spread offense at Troy which helped inflate his stats.
Calloway was redshirted by the Hawkeyes in 2005 and played sporadically in 2006. Heading into 2007, he was listed as the team’s first string right tackle. Once the season began, Calloway shifted to left tackle. He started 11 games at left tackle and started only one game at right tackle. In 2008, Calloway started all thirteen of Iowa’s games at right tackle. He was named to the second-team All-Big Ten by the media and was an honorable mention as voted on by league coaches. In his senior season, Calloway started 11 games at right tackle. In his final collegiate game, Calloway played right guard in the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech.