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5 hidden gems in the draft for the Bills

We’ve discussed potential first and second round players, we took a look at the quarterbacks (the ones I liked anyway) and now let’s talk about some later round draft picks that have caught my eye and that could help your Buffalo Bills in 2012.    

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James Brown, OL Troy – 6’4′ and 306 pounds, Brown was out of Southwest Mississippi Community College (Junior college) before making the move to Troy. While at SW Mississippi, he redshirted in 2007 before playing in 2008. In ’08 he earned All-Mississippi Junior College performer.  Upon his arrival at Troy, he started all games at left tackle in 2009, 2010, and 2011. A very versatile player. Scouts see him at either left tackle or guard in the NFL. As we all know, the Bills can really use the depth on the offensive line. Competition breeds success, right? Look for Brown to be drafted somewhere in the middle rounds as I think he would be developmental prospect. The upside is there and would, as I said, provide excellent depth for the Bills or any team looking for big men upfront.

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Harrison Smith, Safety Notre Dame – You know how the bills use Bryan Scott as LB/SS? Well let me introduce to you Harrison Smith. Same type of player. Played mostly Safety at Notre Dame but as the build (6’2 213) to play weakside linebacker if needed. Easily one of my favorite players to watch at Notre Dame. Not the most sure fire  tackler on the field, but was always around the ball and wasn’t afraid to get dirty. Harrison had his most productive season in 2010, finishing second on the team with 91 tackles and leadin the team with 7 interceptions and 7 pass break-ups. Smith came back in 2011 as a senior captain, recording 90 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble and a career-best 10 pass break-ups, but zero interceptions. As I was reading a scouting report I came across, this is one of his weaknesses: ” …..too many unnecessary facemask penalties on his record…” The Raiders should REALLY trade up for him. An ideal fit.  

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Coryell Judie, CB Texas A&M – Another junior college player. Coryell played JUCO ball at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas. While at FSCC, Judie was a 2008 junior college All-American. He had six interceptions, seven pass break ups, and how about this Bills fans, since we love our return men; he also averaged 26.8 yards per kickoff return and 15.1 yards per punt return, including one score. He is only 6’0, so his size may best fit a zone system. Here is pretty solid take on Coryell from NFLDraftScout.com: …Has good awareness and quick feet. Fluid backpedal, aggressive attacking the receiver from the snap, and flashes spectacular ball skills. Savvy using his hands to get to the ball without drawing flags. Willing tackler and high-effort leader with a special teams personality. Has potential as a blitzer.

Dwayne Allen, TE Clemson – Buffalo likes those Southern Boys and players from Clemson (Spiller & Hairston). Scott Chandler re-signing was huge for Buffalo. We know Fitz and Scott had good chemistry, especially in the red zone. But the Bills still need to add depth here and Allen is an intriguing player. Allen stands 6’3 and 255lbs. He played in a complicated, pro-style offense at Clemson and won the 2011 John Mackey Award as best tight end in the country. Last season, his numbers read 50/598/8 after a 2010 season in which he was 33/373/1. Allen doesn’t have blazing speed (4.89 40 time) but has quickness and agility (former basketball player) to get open on short yardage passes. Here is one scout’s take on his blocking techniques:  Knee-bend and technique are good and he shows decent power when his hands hit the target. Blocks effectively on the move and down field. His High-cut frame and limited power in hands prevent a top blocking grade. Will never be a dominant blocker because of frame. Can be bull-rushed by strong defenders who get lower and use leverage. Blocking will obviously need work but Allen’s route running and run after the catch are two strengths that NFL teams will really like.  

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Jarius Wright, WR Arkansas – Four year starter in college, Writgh stands at only 5’10, 180lbs. If the Bills are looking for that quick slot guy to replace Roscoe Parrish, well this guy right here may be a place to start. As a junior in 2010, Jarius had 42/788/5 touchdowns. As a senior in 2011, Jarius had his best season putting up a team best 66 catches for an SEC-best 1,117 yards and 12 scores, earning first-team All-SEC honors. A lot of scouts are comparing him to Eddie Royal/Antonio Brown. Slot guy who can “manipulate the middle of the field, be effective at all levels and find ways to get open”. Needs to add muscle and strength so he can he get off the line. If he goes up against a big corner, he may have trouble getting a clean release. However, he does have a great initial burst when coming clean off the line. Very fast and quick. He can make tough catches underneath and has the breakaway speed. If he falls to Buffalo when it’s time to pick in the fifth round, he would be a great steal.

Michael A. Necci

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