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Buffalo Bills: Undrafted Free Agents Preview

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Tyler Bray will be available for a team in need of a developmental quarterback as an undrafted free agent. (Photo: US Presswire)

With the final pick in the 2013 NFL Draft now complete, it’s time to turn our attention to the madness that is about to ensue as undrafted free agents are signed throughout the league. Here are our Top 5 players at every position that went undrafted:

QB

1. Tyler Bray-Tennessee

2. Matt Scott-Arizona

3. Ryan Griffin-Tulane

4. Matt Brown-Illinois State

5. Collin Klein-Kansas

RB

1. George Winn-Cincinnati

2. Micheal Ford-LSU

3. Matthew Tucker-TCU

4. Cierre Wood-Notre Dame

5. Cameron Marshall-Arizona State

WR

1. Da’Rick Rogers-Tennessee Tech

2. Marcus Davis-Virginia Tech

3. Mark Harrison-Rutgers

4. Brandon Kaufman-Eastern Washington

5. Conner Vernon-Duke

TE

1. Ryan Otten-San Jose State

2. Joseph Fauria-UCLA

3. Jake Stoneburner-Ohio State

4. Lucas Reed-New Mexico

5. Matt Furstenburg-Maryland

OT

1. Rogers Gaines-Tennessee State

2. Mark Jackson-Glenville State

3. Luke Marquardt-Azusa Pacific

4. Manase Foketi-West Texas A&M

5. Chris Faulk-LSU

OG

1. Alvin Bailey-Arkansas

2. Lamar Mady-Youngstown State

3. Omoregie Uzzi-Georgia Tech

4. Stephane Milhim-UMass

5. Lane Taylor-Oklahoma State

OC

1. Matt Stankiewitch-Penn State

2. Joseph Madsen-West Virginia

3. Mario Benavides-Louisville

4. PJ Lonegran-LSU

5. Graham Pocic-Illinois

DE

1. Wes Horton-USC

2. Craig Roh-Michigan

3. Marquis Jackson-Portland STate

4. Willie Jefferson-Stephen F Austin

5. Emeka Onyenekwu-UL-Lafayette

DT

1.Kwame Geathers-UGA

2. Brent Russell-Georgia Southern

3. TJ Barnes-Georgia Tech

4. Brandon Moore-Texas

5. Abry Jones-Georgia

OLB

1. Keith Pough-Howard

2. Michael Clay-Oregon

3. Kenny Tate-Maryland

4. Ja’Gared Davis-SMU

5. Cameron Lawrence-Mississippi State

ILB

1. Jonathan Stewart-Texas A&M

2. Taylor Reed-SMU

3. Shaq Wilson-South Carolina

4. Dwayne Woods-Bowling Green

5. Kevin Reddick-North Carolina

CB

1. Daxton Swanson-Sam Houston State

2. Josh Johnson-Purdue

3. Nigel Malone-Kansas State

4. Nickell Robey-USC

5. Johnny Adams-Michigan State

S

1. Tony Jefferson-Oklahoma

2. Rontez Miles-Cal (Pa)

3. Ray Ray Armstrong-Faulkner

4.  Kejuan Riley-Alabama State

5. Robert Lester-Alabama


Buffalo Bills: 5 Possible Strategies for Drafting a Quarterback

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

If the Buffalo Bills are targeting Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib, they could end up drafting him at No. 8, No. 41 or somewhere in between. (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Contributor: Dan Hope

No inside knowledge of the Buffalo Bills’ draft strategy is needed to know that the Bills should be targeting drafting a quarterback in the early rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.

After releasing Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had been the team’s starter since 2009, the Bills signed Kevin Kolb earlier this offseason. But although general manager Buddy Nix called Kolb a “strong candidate in the competition for the starting quarterback position,” (per the Bills’ official team Twitter account) the door remains wide open for a rookie quarterback to compete for and win the starting quarterback job. Kolb’s two-year contract only has a base value of no more than $6.1 million, with the rest of his possible $13 million coming in incentives, according to Pro Football Talk.

Kolb failed to prove himself as a viable long-term starter in two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, and considering the Bills can pay him half as much to be a backup than if he starts, the Bills certainly will not be held back by signing Kolb. The Bills’ other established veteran quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson, has not had any consistent success as an NFL starting quarterback either.

The question isn’t whether the Bills will draft a quarterback, but rather when they will. In a draft class that contains no star quarterback prospects, will the Bills take a chance on the best available quarterback at the No. 8 overall pick, or will the Bills wait for better value?

Let’s take a look at five possible quarterback strategies for the Buffalo Bills, as well as which quarterbacks could be highest on the Bills’ radar.

 

1. Draft the best-available quarterback at the No. 8 overall pick

Most Likely Choices: Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib

Geno Smith could be an option for the Buffalo Bills at No. 8. (Photo: US Presswire)

Although there is not one quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft class truly worth a top-10 pick, the likelihood of the Bills using the No. 8 overall selection on a signal-caller remains very high.

Quarterbacks are routinely overdrafted due to their positional importance, and the Bills need a quarterback as badly as any team in the NFL. Drafting a quarterback in the top 10 would fill the Bills’ biggest need right away, and allow the team to build up their roster through talent value through the rest of the draft.

Whether the Bills draft their quarterback at No. 8 will depend upon whether the Bills view any of the quarterbacks available as a player they cannot miss out. If the Bills consider one of the available quarterbacks to be a much better franchise option than the other quarterbacks they could select, they should draft their guy at No. 8 so as not to miss out on the opportunity to select him later.

This decision could be shaped by which quarterbacks, if any, are selected in the top seven picks. If West Virginia’s Geno Smith, who has the most physical talent and upside of any quarterback in the draft class and is expected by most to be the first quarterback drafted, falls to the No. 8 overall selection, he could very well be the selection in Buffalo.

It is also very plausible, however, that the Bills could opt for another signal-caller even if Smith is available. Smith’s last experience in cold-weather football at the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl was an absolute disaster, which could be a warning given that he would have similar conditions at points playing in Buffalo. He also needs to establish a pocket presence and becoming better at read switching.

If Smith is off the board or the Bills decided to pass upon him, two other quarterbacks who could be in play are USC’s Matt Barkley and Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib. Barkley does not have great arm strength and athletic ability, but he is the most polished and accurate pocket passer of any quarterback in the draft class. Nassib, who faced off against Smith in that Pinstripe Bowl, would be a reach at the No. 8 overall pick, but has a big arm, good footwork and athletic ability. Nassib has an obvious connection to the Buffalo Bills as he played for new head coach Doug Marrone for the past four years at Syracuse, and may be the best bet as a cold-weather quarterback for Buffalo.

If the Bills believe strongly enough in any one of those quarterbacks being worth a top-10 pick, chances are good that no other prospect falling will change their mind about who to select. If not, the Bills will likely wait to find better value.

2. Trade down from No. 8 overall, draft a quarterback later in Round 1

Most Likely Choices: Barkley, Nassib, E.J. Manuel

Given that there are a number of quarterbacks who could very well end up in Round 1, but no quarterbacks who stand out as sure-fire top-10 picks, a smart move for the Bills could be to trade down from the No. 8 overall pick, but still target a quarterback with their first-round pick.

If the Bills are targeting Smith, No. 8 overall would likely be their only choice to select him, as he projects to be a likely target of the New York Jets if available at the No. 9 or No. 13 overall selection. If there is a team enticed to trade up, however, the Bills could likely trade down into the middle of Round 1 and still have a good shot at selecting Barkley, Nassib or Florida State’s E.J. Manuel.

Drafting a quarterback at any point in Round 1 makes for a major investment and immediate starting expectations, but trading down and getting additional selections before drafting a quarterback would lessen the pressure and risk of that selection somewhat. If the Bills believe strongly in being able to select Barkley, Nassib or Manuel, trading down would be a good way to get better value on one of those signal-callers, but still be in good position to get the quarterback they covet.

3. Draft another player at No. 8, trade back up into Round 1

Most Likely Choices: Nassib, Manuel, Barkley

Matt Barkley is an option at No. 8, but he might still be available later in Round 1. (Photo: US Presswire)

There is no clear-cut choice for the Buffalo Bills at the No. 8 overall pick if they wait on drafting a quarterback, but there are plenty of solid options. If Jordan is off the board, other potential choices include LSU pass-rusher/outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper and Alabama guard Chance Warmack.

Drafting a first-round quarterback could still be a possibility, however, even if the Bills draft another player at No. 8. With a number of teams drafting early in Round 2 potentially targeting quarterbacks with their picks (Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets), the Bills could make a move up ahead from the No. 41 overall selection into the late picks of Round 1 to secure their chance to draft one of the top quarterbacks.

This would be a very good plan for the Bills if Marrone plans to bring Nassib with him to the next level. While Nassib is unlikely to be drafted by another team in the early picks of the draft, he looks like a very likely early Round 2 selection.

Barkley and Manuel would also be good targets with this potential strategy. Both quarterbacks have a shot to be among the draft’s early picks, but could also end up in Round 2. The Bills would have a good shot of being able to draft one of them in the late first round, but may not have a shot at either of them at No. 41.

4. Select quarterback with No. 41 overall selection

Most Likely Choices: Nassib, Manuel, Tyler Wilson

If the Bills wait until Round 2 to draft a quarterback, Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson could be at the top of their board. (Photo: US Presswire)

The Buffalo Bills could get much better value on a quarterback by waiting until their second-round selection, No. 41 overall. If the board falls their way, the Bills could end up getting a quarterback at No. 41 who is just as good as what they could have gotten at No. 8 — but by waiting, they also run the risk of missing out on all the draft’s top quarterback prospects.

Of the four quarterbacks currently looked at as potential first-round selections, Nassib and Manuel are the most likely to still be available at No. 41 overall. Barkley and Smith are the head of the quarterback class, but while Nassib and Manuel are rising prospects who could go as high or even above Barkley and/or Smith, they belong more rightfully as second-round selections.

Another quarterback who should also be strongly in consideration at No. 41 overall is Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson. Wilson, in my opinion, belongs to be in the conversation with Barkley and Smith as the draft class’ top quarterback, but it appears more likely he will be the fifth quarterback drafted, as the other four have received considerably more buzz in recent weeks. That said, he is a skilled pocket passer with good size and a strong arm, and he could very well be the franchise quarterback that the Bills need while chances are good he will still be available at No. 41.

If the Bills can get a potential franchise quarterback they want without using their top draft pick and without having to move up from No. 41 overall, that looks to be their best-case scenario.

5. Bring in quarterback competition in Round 3

Most Likely Choices: Tyler Bray, Mike Glennon, Landry Jones, Matt Scott

Last year, the Seattle Seahawks had Tarvaris Jackson and a mid-level free agent quarterback signing (Matt Flynn) when they used their third-round pick to select Russell Wilson, bringing him into a three-way competition which Wilson ultimately won and which ended up working out better than anyone could have expected in Wilson’s stellar rookie season.

While it is unlikely that the Bills will find a player who rises to stardom as a rookie by waiting to draft a quarterback in Round 3, they could very well replicate the competitive stage of what happened in Seattle by drafting a third-round quarterback — which would not come with nearly the immediate pressure to play of a quarterback selected in the first two rounds — to compete with Kolb and Jackson.

If Tyler Wilson were to fall to the Bills’ third-round pick, that would be hitting the jackpot in terms of filling the quarterback need with value in the 2013 NFL draft. More realistic options at No. 71 overall, however, include Tennessee’s Tyler Bray, North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones and Arizona’s Matt Scott, all of whom have visited with the Bills according to the team’s official website.

Among those quarterbacks, the best choice would be Bray, who has the highest upside among them with a strong arm, great size and the ability to make any throw on the field if he can become a more accurate passer and polished decision-maker. Glennon is a similar high-upside prospect, though he does not have as much arm talent and is even more mistake-prone, while Jones and Scott may not be starting quarterbacks but could be good additions into the rotation.


Searching for Tom Brady: Late Round Quarterback Possibilities

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
2013 NFL Draft QB

You have to look hard to find gems like Tom Brady lurking in the later rounds of the NFL Draft.

BBD Contributor: Peter Bukowksi

Tom Brady is an aberration. New England didn’t think they’d taken the greatest quarterback ever to put on a helmet when they drafted the Michigan senior with the 199th pick in 2000. The Patriots got lucky and they will readily admit that.

You draft a player because you think he will be good for your team, yes, but a guy in the sixth round doesn’t usually turn out to be a Hall of Fame player, particularly not a quarterback.

If you want a franchise quarterback, the first three rounds are where you’re going to likely find them, but then why draft one late?

The reasons are myriad, but there is a better way to look at later round quarterbacks. Usually, they can be separated in one of three categories: projects, system quarterbacks, and career backups.

Of course, there will be some who fall into the last category sort of by default, while others will begin as projects and teams will realize they are really just not that good.

There’s a reason a quarterback gets picked late in the draft: there are some pretty obvious flaws. But in order to more clearly see the delineations, let’s look at the 2013 draft through this lens.
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Prospect Preview: Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Friday, December 14th, 2012

QB Matt Scott could be a late round QB option for the Bills (Photo: US Presswire)

By BBD Writer Tony Wiltshire

The first bowl game in 2012 will be the Gildan New Mexico Bowl featuring the Arizona Wildcats and the Nevada Wolfpack. They both finished the regular season with identical 7-5 records, feature explosive offenses, and have several draft eligible NFL prospects on their respective rosters. (more…)





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