Posts Tagged ‘Undrafted Free Agents’

Brandon Kaufman: The Buffalo Bills’ New Version of David Nelson?

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Brandon Kaufman’s size and hands make him an intriguing option for the Buffalo Bills at wide receiver. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

When Brandon Kaufman entered the 2013 NFL draft as a junior out of Eastern Washington University, he expected to be drafted.

Kaufman slipped out of the draft due to a very deep class of wide receivers, but was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills.

If you can brave the bright red turf of Eastern Washington University and watch Kaufman’s film, you might see the Buffalo Bills have potentially found another David Nelson. Let’s take a look at Kaufman, an early favorite among undrafted free agents to make the Bills’ 53-man roster.

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Undrafted Free Agents With Best Shot of Making Bills’ 53-Man Roster

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Howard linebacker Keith Pough has a good shot of making the Bills’ 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you’re familiar with the NFL Draft Sites Network, then you know we take undrafted free agents pretty seriously around here. NE Patriots Draft continues to be the place to go year in and year out for the Internet’s most updated undrafted free agents tracker as they happen, while each team’s signings were updated and broken down on each of the network’s sites, including here at BBD.

The Bills signed 16 undrafted free agents in total, but while all have made enough of an impression to get signed and will have a shot to win over the coaching staff in training camp, the majority of those players will be released due to a lack of available roster space and the team’s lack of long-term commitment into each player.

Last year, the only undrafted free agent to make the Bills’ Week 1 roster was safety Delano Howell. Howell only played in one game for the Bills and was released midseason, but another UDFA, punter Shawn Powell, was brought back three games into the season following the release of veteran Brian Moorman.

Typically, each NFL teams retains 1-2 undrafted free agents each year. But with none of them being a given to make the Bills’ roster, and all of them having a shot, let’s take a look at the five undrafted free agents most likely to stick around in Buffalo next season.

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2013 Buffalo Bills UDFA Tracker

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

After making eight selections in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills are now busy at work attempting to sign the best undrafted free agents on the open market. As the Bills sign undrafted free agents, we will update them here.

Players Signed:

Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State – Physically-gifted quarterback, but failed to hold the starting quarterback job through his senior season at Washington State.

Drew Smith, RB, Albany – 6’1″, 225-pound power back who ran for 18 touchdowns in his senior season.

Kendall Gaskins, FB, Richmond - Athletic fullback who can be a short-yardage runner/receiver out of the backfield.

Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech (Scouting Report) – Projected to be a mid-round draft pick, likely fell due to character concerns but has huge upside as a big, physical and athletic wideout who can go up and make plays on the football. Has a good shot at making the Bills’ final roster as an outside playmaker given his size, strength and quickness in space.

Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington (Scouting Report) - Very tall wideout who led the FCS in receiving yards as a junior before declaring as an early entrant for the 2013 NFL Draft. Talented downfield receiver whose best value may come as a red-zone target if he is able to make the roster.

Kevin Norrell, WR, Stony Brook - Washington State transfer who had two productive collegiate seasons at Stony Brook.

Zack Chibane, G, Syracuse - Three-year starter at guard for the Orange follows his coach, Doug Marrone to the Bills.

Ryan Turnley, C, Pittsburgh – Tall but slow center who could also provide depth at guard.

Aaron Tipoti, DE/DT, California – Physical interior defensive lineman who projects best as a 5-technique defensive end in three-man fronts. Lacks size and not an explosive athlete, but solid run-stopper with good technique.

Izaan Cross, DE, Georgia Tech – 5-technique defensive end with good strength, made some plays at Georgia Tech but lacks speed.

Keith Pough, OLB, Howard - Instinctive, athletic small-school linebacker with a chance to make the roster as inside/outside linebacker depth. Small but showed at Howard he can really play.

Nickell Robey, CB, USC - Likely went undrafted due to lack of size (5’7″, 169 pounds), but has big upside as a nickel/dime cornerback. Great athlete who plays bigger than he is as a physical defender and sound tackler.

Vernon Kearney, CB, Lane – Tall, athletic cornerback who started to make a name for himself as the Texas vs. the Nation Game and Raycom College Football All-Star Classic. Unproven small-schooler but has high upside.

Kip Edwards, CB, Missouri – Good size for an NFL cornerback, but limited athlete with sloppy coverage technique.

Jumal Rolle, CB, Catawba

Jordan Dangerfield, FS, Towson – Short but hard-hitting small-school safety.

Last updated: 4/28 1:39 p.m. ET

FULL UDFA TRACKER

*Note: All signings are considered unofficial until the team announces them formally

 


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



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