Posts Tagged ‘Linebackers’

Buffalo Bills Select Clemson LB Tony Steward, Florida State TE Nick O’Leary in Round 6

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O'Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O’Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills traded for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel in March, they sent the No. 137 overall pick in the draft—which they had previously acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Cassel and a sixth-round pick. That sixth-round pick, No. 188 overall, gave the Bills two selections in Round 6, the only round in the 2015 NFL draft (barring a trade for an additional seventh-round pick) in which they have multiple draft choices.

The Bills used the No. 188 overall selection to select Tony Steward, a linebacker from Clemson. Six picks later, the Bills used the No. 194 overall selection to select Nick O’Leary, a tight end from Florida State.

Through six rounds, the Bills have made five selections in total, and every single one of them has been from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Three of those five players—O’Leary, second-round pick Ronald Darby and fifth-round pick Karlos Williams—played their college football for the Seminoles.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year's draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

One of many talented players on the 2014 Clemson Tigers defense, Stephone Anthony has the chance to be the second player drafted among them—behind projected top-10 pick Vic Beasley—in the 2015 NFL draft.

Anthony played both middle and outside linebacker for the Tigers this past season, and helped Clemson’s defense become one of the most feared in not only the ACC, but the entire country.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Anthony was one of the top performers at his position. He measured in at 6’3″ and 243 pounds, and had some of the event’s best testing times, including a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, as demonstrated by mockdraftable.com.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: David Harris

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
The scene is set for a David Harris-Rex Ryan reunion in Buffalo. (Photo: Ed Mulholland — USA Today Sports)

The scene is set for a David Harris-Rex Ryan reunion in Buffalo. (Photo: Ed Mulholland — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

UPDATE: Harris was re-signed by the New York Jets to a three-year, $21.5 million contract with $15 million guaranteed on Friday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and others. The Bills almost certainly would not have been able to match that price.

With the departure of inside linebacker Kiko Alonso in Tuesday’s mega-trade for running back LeSean McCoy, the Buffalo Bills could suddenly be in the market for another player at the position. As the Bills switch from last year’s 4-3 defense under Jim Schwartz to a 3-4 defense under new head coach Rex Ryan, impending free agent David Harris—who played for Ryan with the New York Jets—would fill that inside linebacker spot nicely.

Nicknamed “Hitman” for his big hits and hard-nosed play, Harris is a eight-year NFL who spent his last six seasons playing in Ryan’s defense. That makes him an obvious target for the Bills, and a very good one at that, with three straight 100-plus tackle campaigns.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Bills are expected “to put on a full-court press” to sign Harris.

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Buffalo Bills Release Keith Rivers After One Season with Team

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Signed to a two-year contract last offseason, veteran linebacker Keith Rivers was released Tuesday after one year with the Buffalo Bills.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
After a breakout senior season, TCU's Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

After a breakout senior season, TCU’s Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The connotation of the word “linebacker” has changed within the past few years. As more and more teams are using linebackers as pass-rushers and putting them on the line of scrimmage with their hand in the dirt, it has created a need for distinction between edge linebackers and off-the-ball linebackers.

TCU’s Paul Dawson fits the latter category as a traditional, stand-up linebacker. He has the potential to be one of the first off-ball linebackers selected in the 2015 NFL draft.

Listed at 6’2″ and 230 pounds by TCU’s official athletics website, Dawson is a former high school wide receiver and junior college transfer who has made a significant impact on TCU’s defense. He was the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 100 tackles, five sacks, and four interceptions in 2014.

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