Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley understands the thought process necessary to evaluate the right players to fit into the 53-man roster for the Buffalo Bills, Ryan Talbot, featured columnist for Bleacher Report reported on Feb. 19.
Doug Whaley, in an interview with John Murphy, the official announcer for the Buffalo Bills, made it clear that the Bills draft process is 80 percent tape, 10 percent All-Star Games and 10 percent NFL Combine.
The NFL Combine begins on Saturday, Feb. 23 and the Buffalo Bills scouting personnel will study every player, but the focus may be on quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive guards and linebackers. Based on these needs, the Buffalo Bills will may pay close attention to two specific prospects in the outside linebacker/defensive end position.
Dion Jordon, University of Oregon: Jordon, 6’7”, could make an immediate impact at the outside linebacker/defensive end position for the Buffalo Bills. Daniel Jeremiah, an analyst for NFL.com and NFL Network thinks that Jordan is the kind of versatile, big, tall player that the Bills new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine likes in the outside linebacker position.
The Buffalo Bills may not get to see much of Dion Jordan at the NFL Combine. Jordon hurt his shoulder during Oregon’s bowl game and will have surgery on his labrum after the combine. It is likely that the Buffalo Bills will interview Dion Jordon extensively.
Barkevious Mingo, LSU: an explosive player, Mingo is another potential first round target for the Buffalo Bills. Barkevious Mingo, 6’5” and 242 pounds has a fast first-step that benefits him when rushing the quarterback. Also important to defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in his multiple-look defense is Mingo’s ability to play in coverage.
Barkevious Mingo has one of the highest ceilings of all the eligible prospects. The Bills should closely watch everything Barkevious does at the NFL Combine. If Mingo drops to an eighth pick, he would be an interesting option for Buffalo’s defense.