Four Pre-Combine Fits for the Buffalo Bills


The Buffalo Bills currently have eight picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, including four in the opening two rounds. General Manager Brandon Beane and his staff are hard at work identifying talent in order to build upon their playoff run of 2017. While the front office does their homework, our scouts have been doing theirs. Here is who they have identified as possible fits for the Buffalo Bills.

Jan 1, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley (19) attempts a pass under pressure from Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Maurice Hurst (73) during the first half in the 2018 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

DT Maurice Hurst – 6’2″ 282 pounds – Michigan

The Red-shirt senior and four year contributor (41 games) for the University of Michigan has great production. He finished his career with 130 total tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 2 forced fumbles. Hurst is currently earning his masters in child/youth social work services. He offers the speed/power combo that would make him a perfect understudy to Kyle Williams.

-Dan Lavoie (@DanRLavoie)



Oct 28, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Keke Coutee (2) runs for a long touchdown after a reception in front of Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Parnell Motley (11) and Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Jordan Thomas (7) during the first quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

WR Keke Coutee – 5’11” 180 pounds – Texas Tech

The burner out of Texas Tech caught scouts’ eyes as one of Pat Mahomes’s main targets. Despite the talented signal caller heading to the NFL, Coutee improved his production as TTU’s main deep threat out of the slot. Coutee has elite acceleration ability and consistently wins up the seam, and is adept at running underneath routes with lateral agility. Coutee might slip out of the top one hundred picks, and would add some much needed firepower to the Bills’ offense.

-Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17)




Oct 28, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers defensive end Andrew Brown (9) sacks Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Ben Dinucci (3) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

DT Andrew Brown – 6’4″ 285 pounds  – Virginia

The Virginia defense played him in a lot of weird spots on their 3-man front. He’s not fast enough to play as a 5-technique, but they played him there anyways. At the Senior Bowl, the burst from Brown was consistently on display. He proved that he should have been playing as a 3-technique a long time ago. He looks much more comfortable rushing an interior offensive lineman compared to an offensive tackle on the outside. He plays stoutly, works his hands, and does a nice job penetrating the backfield. Whether Kyle Williams is back or not, Brown is definitely a fit at defensive tackle for the Bills.

-Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft)





Oct 28, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

QB Sam Darnold – 6’4″ 220 pounds – USC

General Manager Brandon Beane has made it clear from day one, it is his job to find this organization a franchise quarterback. Darnold’s 2017 campaign was littered with bad decisions leading to turnovers, but his arm talent and athletic ability seem too perfect for new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense. Daboll will likely stay true to his Patriots roots and employ the Erhardt-Perkins passing scheme. However, I expect him to augment it with some college flair that he picked up while at Alabama last season. The typical short passing game will likely include a fair amount of Run-Pass Options that he implemented for QB Jalen Hurts, and that plays right into Darnold’s strengths. Darnold displays the ability to read coverages pre- to post-snap and anticipate and throw accurate balls, especially in the short area, but he is also able to play outside the structure of the play. He’s the big, athletic quarterback Beane is used to, and I believe the one that the organization has fallen in love with.

-Erik Turner (@Cover_1_)