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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Corey Graham Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Instead of stealing passes from the Bills, Corey Graham will be trying to make plays for Buffalo in 2014, whether it be as an outside cornerback, slot cornerback, safety and/or special teams. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With prolific passing offenses more prevalent than ever in today’s NFL, securing quality secondary personnel is vital to being able to match up with modern aerial attacks. The Buffalo Bills made multiple additions to their secondary this offseason including Corey Graham, an eight-year NFL veteran who signed a four year, $16 million contract as a free agent.

Graham is tasked with challenging Nickell Robey for the team’s nickel cornerback role, while he can also provide depth on the outside and has the versatility to contribute as a safety.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Safeties

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the most complete safety prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The need to be able to stop the run out of nickel and dime defensive packages to match up with spread offensive formations has put the safety position in high demand. Having a safety who can come up and play near the line of scrimmage, but also has the range and instincts to play in single-high looks, goes a long way in being able to field an aggressive defensive scheme.

Two prospects in the 2014 NFL draft in particular offer the ability to perform well in both area, and they received first-round grades as a result.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Louisville S Hakeem Smith

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Louisville’s Hakeem Smith is keeping a positive attitude as he looks to be a potential selection in this year’s NFL draft. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Calvin Pryor is projected to be one of the first safeties selected and potentially a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, but he might not be the only Louisville safety to hear his name called this year.

While his counterpart made a name for himself through game-changing plays and explosive hits, Hakeem Smith was a more discreetly productive player. He doesn’t get the early-round projections that Pryor does, but the case could be made that Smith, a four-year starter, was the more reliable and consistent of Louisville’s two starting safeties.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Cornerbacks

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Justin Gilbert is the standout prospect of this year’s cornerback draft class. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

How many times have you heard NFL coaches and executives say that you can never have enough good cornerbacks? This year’s draft class provides a host of intriguing prospects who could satisfy the league’s demand for talented cover cornerbacks.

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Seven Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ Pre-Draft Visits

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills used almost a quarter of their pre-draft visits to interview potential early-round receiving targets like Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Since the beginning of April, the Buffalo Bills have hosted 29 potential selections in this year’s NFL draft on official visits with the team. It appears as though the team is not using its 30th allotted visit, as Sunday was the NFL’s deadline for pre-draft visitors.

As the team had a finite limit of how many players it could bring to One Bills Drive, the visits list gives a telling indication of what the Bills could be looking for in this year’s draft.

It gives us a better indication of which positions the Bills are looking to draft than it does which players they will actually select. While Buffalo only drafted two of its pre-draft visitors last year—Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and Clemson safety Jonathan Meeks—its six picks in the first five rounds all came from positions at which the team hosted at least five prospects (quarterbacks, wide receiver, linebacker, safety).

With that in mind, we can get a good idea of what positions Buffalo is looking to upgrade in this year’s draft, what type of players they are looking for at those positions, and more.

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