Posts Tagged ‘2012 NFL Draft’

Sophomore Spotlight: Zebrie Sanders

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Zebrie Sanders never got a chance to see the field in his rookie season due to hip surgery. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The last installment of Buffalo Bills Draft’s six-part Sophomore Spotlight series focuses on Zebrie Sanders, Buffalo’s fifth-round selection.

Since Sanders did not play in his rookie season, this entry is shorter than the others. After reading Sanders’ Sophomore Spotlight, be sure to check out the bottom of the page to find out how you could win an autographed card of each player in the series!

Zebrie Sanders

Selected Round 5, Pick 144 from Florida State

Sanders was the last Bills draft selection to make the roster in 2012.

Sanders received a pre-draft rating of 82.7 from NFL.com — that put Sanders on the high end of NFL.com’s “Eventual Starter” scale, and graded as a second-round value. Thus, Sanders provided great value to the Bills as a fifth-round selection.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Nigel Bradham

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Linebacker Nigel Bradham should be in line for significantly more playing time in his second season with the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The fourth installment of Buffalo Bills Draft’s six-part Sophomore Spotlight series focuses on 2012 fourth-round pick, Nigel Bradham.

Nigel Bradham

Selected Round 4, Pick 105 from Florida State

Heading into the 2012 NFL draft, Buffalo needed to upgrade its linebackers. The team had veteran linebacker Nick Barnett and plenty of question marks. Bradham was considered to be great value in the fourth round.

Bradham led the Seminoles in tackles from 2009-2011. He finished his four seasons at Florida State with 305 total tackles (188 solo). He also had 21.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and three interceptions in 53 games. In 2011, Bradham made many defensive plays to help the Seminoles finish 9-4.

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Sophomore Spotlight: T.J. Graham

Friday, May 10th, 2013

T.J. Graham will have step up his game in his sophomore season, as he will face heavy competition for playing time at wide receiver. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The third installment of Buffalo Bills Draft’s six-part Sophomore Spotlight series focuses on 2012 third-round pick, T.J. Graham.

 

T.J. Graham

Selected Round 3, Pick 69 from North Carolina State

When Buffalo selected wide receiver T.J. Graham in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft, many fans and draftniks were surprised. Graham was coming off of his most productive season in college, but the results were not overly impressive.

In his senior season, he caught 46 passes for 757 yards (16.5 yard average) and seven touchdowns, all of which were career highs for Graham. His four-year totals at North Carolina State were 99 receptions for 1,453 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Cordy Glenn

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Cordy Glenn displayed the makings of a great NFL left tackle in his rookie season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The second installment of Buffalo Bills Draft’s six-part Sophomore Spotlight series focuses on 2012 second-round draft selection and starting left tackle Cordy Glenn.

 

Cordy Glenn

Selected Round 2, Pick 41 from University of Georgia

Offensive line was one area that the Bills were looking to upgrade in the 2012 NFL draft, and many felt Buffalo would select an offensive tackle in round one. However, it was in the second round of the draft that Cordy Glenn fell right into the Bills’ lap.

Glenn started 50 games over his four seasons at Georgia, which tied a team record for most starts on the offensive line with Clint Boling. In his career at Georgia, Glenn played 28 games at left guard, 18 games at left tackle and four games at right guard.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Stephon Gilmore

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills will be counting on Stephon Gilmore to improve upon his rookie season with a strong sophomore year. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Much of the talk this offseason will revolve around the projections and expectations from the Buffalo Bills’ 2013 draft class, but also important to the Bills’ success this season will be the progress and performance of their 2012 draft class.

Buffalo had three strong picks in 2012: CB Stephon Gilmore, OT Cordy Glenn and OLB Nigel Bradham. In the later rounds, the Bills had three duds in ILB Tank Carder, OG Mark Asper and kicker John Potter. The verdict is still out on WR T.J. Graham, CB Ron Brooks and OG Zebrie Sanders.

Over the next two weeks, I’ll be focusing on each of the 2012 draft picks still with the Bills, in my Sophomore Spotlight series. Starting with first-round pick Stephon Gilmore, I’ll discuss each player’s rookie season, look at his best and worst performances and attempt to predict their 2013 stat line. Each player’s actual stat line will be discussed as well as analytics provided by Pro Football Focus (PFF – subscription required for premium statistics).

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