UDFA Update: Former Penn State Linebacker Brandon Smith invited to rookie minicamp

04/28/2018
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The 2018 NFL Draft has concluded, so over the next couple of weeks we will bring you content about the draft class, including any news about any undrafted free agents.

 

DE, Mat Boesen, TCU

4/28/18-Per Aaron Wilson, former TCU defensive end Mat Boesen is getting his NFL shot with the Bills. The 6’4″240-pound edge defender started all 14 games in 2017. Boesen is a 2017 Sports Illustrated 1st team All American who built upon his 5.5 sacks in 2016 by tallying 11.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss this past season, though 5.5 of his sacks were in one game versus the Baylor Bears. Boesen is one of several DE/LB hybrid types that the organization has been interested in this draft season. He may be undersized to play as a base defensive end, but his good first step and change of direction afford his coordinators the opportunity to use him as a rusher in their pressure packages.

WR, Robert Foster, Alabama

4/28/18-Per Austin Randolph, former Alabama WR Robert Foster has signed with the team. The former 5-star prospect, per 247sports.com and Scouts.com, didn’t really live up to the hype that he had coming out of high school, partly due to a shoulder injury in 2015. In his final season, he only mustered 14 receptions for 173 yards and one touchdown. Foster is a vertical threat who registered a 4.41-second forty yard dash at the scouting combine. His speed, suddenness and ankle flexion give him the ability to stack cuts on top of each other and stop and go at will. He is a player that can run to daylight, so defenders must stop him as soon as he catches the ball.

 

CB, Levi Wallace, Alabama

4/28/18-Per NFL Draft Diamonds, senior cornerback Levi Wallace from Alabama has signed with the Bills. Wallace may have disappointed with his 4.63 forty-yard dash at the combine, but he plays much faster than he tested. Not one receiver was able to score a touchdown or register a pass longer than 30 yards (Per Pro Football Focus) on him last season. This is an amazing feat, considering the number of times the corners in Nick Saban’s defense are left on islands. Wallace is rail thin, which allows physical receivers to get the best of him at times, but he flashed tremendous ball skills last season, tallying 11 pass deflections and three interceptions.

 

T/G, Ike Boettger, Iowa

4/28/18-Ike Boettger has confirmed that he has signed with the Buffalo Bills. Boettger played in two games last season before tearing his Achilles tendon and missing the rest of the season. But he is back to 100% and is chomping at the bit to get back on the field. Much like the rest of the players the Bills have drafted or brought in, Boettger is a versatile player that has started games at every position along the offensive line, except center.

 

CB, Ryan Carter, Clemson

4/28/18-Ryan Talbot reports that former Clemson Tigers cornerback Ryan Carter is signing with the Bills. Per Pro Football Focus, in 34 games, Carter got his hands on 11 pass deflections and 4 interceptions. He’s primarily a zone corner, but having played in Bret Venables’s defense, he has plenty of experience playing a multitude of coverages.

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G, Wilson Bell, Auburn

4/28/18-According to NFL Draft Diamonds the Bills have signed Wilson Bell, who played one season at Auburn as a graduate transfer from Florida State. He was mainly a backup at Auburn, but he had most of his success for the Seminoles when he appeared in 18 career starts. 

DE, Mike Love, USF

4/28/18-Mike Love has signed with the Bills. In 32 games at USF, Love tallied 64 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Love is a project as he has had several injuries in his career and will likely need a few years to add to his pass rush arsenal.

 

QB, Ryan Zapoticky, Shippensburg

4/29/18-The Bills invited Shippensburg University’s QB Ryan Zapoticky to their rookies minicamp in May. Shippensburg is a division II school in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

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Zapoticky led the Red Raiders to 10 wins and an appearance in the Championship game which they lost. He is listed at 6’1″ 205 pounds so he is an undersized quarterback but when I watched his film, I saw some good things. He drops are smooth, is very decisive, has a tight compact throwing motion and delivers an accurate and catchable ball to all levels of the field.

Zapoticky got a very good look from scouts on Penn State’s Pro Day as he was the Quarterback throwing to the receivers of the Nittany Lions. He has an uphill battle but the Bills scouting staff must’ve seen something they liked.

WR, Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech

4/28/18-According to Tony Pauline, Virginia Tech WR Cam Phillips has signed with the Bills. Phillips appears to be another receiver with the ability to excel in offensive coordinator’s screen game, pitch in on jet sweeps and run option routes from the slot. I like his short area burst and how he clears hands from his frame during the release and drive phase of his route stem.

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WR/RB, Shane Tucker, Middle Tennessee State

4/29/18-According to NFL Draft Diamonds, Middle Tennessee St. RB/WR Shane Tucker is getting a tryout with the team. Tucker switched back and forth between running back and wide receiver over the course of his career. Tucker is a captain and senior but also has endured several injuries.

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In 2017, he caught 25 passes for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns. Over the course of his 37 game career, he also carried the rock 217 times and averaged 4.3 yards per attempt, so he is a player that has some versatility to his game.

 

4/29/18-According to Ross Dellenger, Edge defender Corey Thompson is on his way to One Bills Drive. Thompson is a multifaceted defender that has played along all three levels in the Tigers defense. Make sure to check out our film room session of the athletic defender.

 

4/30/18 – Tennessee Chattanooga LB Dale Warren has received an invite to attend the Bills mini camp for a try out with the team. The senior LB played in 43 games with 18 starts (missed 6 games due to a NCAA mandated violation) and recorded 151 total tackles with 26 TFL, as well as 3 forced fumble and 3 fumble recoveries in his career.

 

RB, Keith Ford, Texas A&M

4/30/18 – Bills have signed UDFA Texas A&M RB Keith Ford according to the Aggies social media.

Ford started his college career at Oklahoma before transferring to Texas A&M as a junior. In his senior season he rushed for 548 yards on 139 attempts (3.9 yards a carry) and had 12 TD’s.

 

TE, Ishmail Wainwright, Baylor

4/30/18 – Former Baylor basketball player turned tight end Ishmail Wainwright signed with the Bills as a UDFA. The 6’5″ 260lbs TE played just one season with at Baylor and saw limited playing time tallying 4 receptions for 34 yards and 2 TD’s in just 9 career games.

5/1/2018 – According to Draft Diamonds Arkansas Safety De’Andre Coley has accepted an invite to the rookie mini camp. The Senior safety played in 44 games and started 6 in his college career. He totaled 78 tackles in his four seasons with the Razorbacks.

5/2/2018 – Chattanooga defensive back Lucas Webb has been invited to attend the Bills Rookie Mini Camp. The 6’1″ senior DB finished his career with 228 tackles, 30 pass deflections, and 13 interceptions (tied school record). Webb was the first four-time first team All-SoCon player in school history.

5/2/2018 – Buffalo native and Buffalo State defensive lineman Khalil Sommerville will be attending Bills Rookie Mini Camp. The 6’1″ 295lbs Sr D3 star finished his Buffalo State career with 125 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks (5.5 in 2017).

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5/2/2018-According to the Spring League, a former tight end of the University of Georgia Jay Rome is getting a minicamp invite from the Bills. Moore graduated from Georgia in 2015 after playing 31 games. He had a lackluster career bringing in only 38 receptions for 398 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rome went undrafted in 2016 and signed with the Steelers but did not stick with the team. He is a big target at 6’6″, 250 pounds and has played in the Spring League to continue to show scouts that he can indeed play on Sundays. Here he is catching a pass down the seam from QB Johnny Manziel.

5/3/2018 – Austin Apodaca, the former New Mexico State QB is getting a workout from the Bills next week according to Benjamin Allbright. Apodaca started his college career at Washington State before doing a semester at Mesa Community College (JUCO), then finished his career at New Mexico State. He was most recently with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL for last years preseason but didn’t end up making the final roster.

5/3/2018-Former Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith has been invited to the Bills rookie minicamp. Smith was nominated for the William V. Campbell Trophy for the best scholar-athlete and was a semi-finalist for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year award. While fully taking advantage of what Penn State had to offer in the classrooms, he also appeared in 30 games, tallied 117 total tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.

 

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