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 at the wide receiver position.
Cordarrelle Patterson, University of Tennessee: through Patterson’s had numerous drops this season at Tennessee, he is athletic, with great vision and footwork, and at 6’3” has the size necessary to be a number one pick as a wide receiver. Cordarrelle’s 40-yard dash has been timed at 4.46 seconds. The Buffalo Bills will closely monitor Patterson at the NFL Combine because they need a strong wide receiver on the offensive. The Bills scouting team will evaluate everything from Patterson’s hands to his speed, agility and vertical jump.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is a good player, but he does not have what it takes to be a number one receiver. Cordarrelle has all the intangibles to be an elite wide receiver in the NFL. If Cordarrelle Patterson’s performance at the NFL Combine this weekend is strong, Buffalo will be hard pressed to take a pass on Patterson.
Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech: Buffalo needs to draft a wide receiver within the first three rounds, and a good day two prospect for that position is Da’Rick Rogers. Da’Rick was a teammate of Cordarrelle Paterson’s at Tennessee, before maturity issues and off-field incidents led him to leave for Tennessee Tech. Da’Rick Rogers at 6’3” and 208 pounds is the perfect size needed for an outside receiver. His 40-year dash time is a strong 4.52 seconds.
At the NFL Combine Buffalo will certainly question Rogers about the issues that caused him to leave the University of Tennessee, but on a team that needs wide receiver talent, Da’Rick Rogers would provide strong value to the Buffalo Bills organization if he has not been picked up by the third round.