2011 NFL Draft: Cam Newton, Von Miller and Buffalo Bills Draft Prospects
With the Buffalo Bills holding the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, there are a million different directions general manager Buddy Nix and co. can travel. In my last series, I evaluated Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson, Clemson defensive end/ rush linebacker Da'Quan Bowers and Alabama's defensive tackle/end Marcel Dareus.
All the prospects evaluated in Part One make sense both long and short term for the Buffalo Bills' franchise. However, with big boards and mock drafts changing daily, Part Two of my Buffalo Bills' draft targets go in a COMPLETELY different direction.
WR A.J. Green, Georgia
I know, I know. Steve Johnson had a breakout year last season, while Roscoe Parrish flourished in his play in the slot. Lee Evans is still a viable threat, and David Nelson looks like a promising wideout.
Oh yeah, forgot about the undrafted rookie Donald Jones, who has been absolutely stunning in his special teams play and looked solid in his limited play toward the end of the season. "Rookie" Marcus Easley, who was placed on injured reserve prior to the preseason will also figure into the Bills' offense.
Scouts drool over Green's game-changing play and have drawn comparisons between the Georgia standout to Calvin and Andre Johnson. At 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, Green could command the double team, allowing the Bills to operate a pretty nasty spread attack featuring Stevie and Green on the outside, with Evans and Parrish in the seams.
Green missed the first four games of the 2010 season due to suspension and still managed to record 57 receptions for 848 yards, while scoring nine touchdowns; and for the record, in those four games Green missed, Georgia went 1-3.
In his three years at Georgia, he caught 166 passes for 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns.
While Green doesn't fit a "need," he is definitely a prospect worth looking at and will open up the rushing attack for C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
QB Cam Newton, Auburn
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton stole headlines around every sporting news outlet in the country this season, from stories of his family receiving monetary compensation for his commitment to play for the Tigers, to the joyful ending in which he won the Heisman Trophy, en route to leading his team to a National Championship.
Throughout the season, we weren't able to hear much about his tools or mechanics because we were too entrenched in hearing the latest on the Cecil Newton scandal. Now, with the season behind us and the draft quickly approaching, scouts are seeing that Newton may have what it takes to become a franchise quarterback in the National Football League.
Newton is entering the draft as a junior, and last season was the only year he saw the field after transferring from University of Florida to Blinn Junior College, then finally to Auburn. Despite the lack of experience under his belt, the 6-foot-5 250-pounder managed to complete 185 of his 280 pass attempts for 2,854 yards, while tossing 30 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Furthermore, he added another 1,473 yards on 264 rushes, scoring another 20 touchdowns.
There is no doubting his talent, but what I am doubting is how he chooses to use that talent once he signs that rookie deal (and the Under Armour one). Will he take the constant scrutiny and defamation as motivation? Or will he go the Jamarcus Russell route, sign the check and become complacent?
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker Von Miller, Texas A&M
Don't get me wrong when I say Von Miller is not a player I want in a Buffalo Bills uniform. He had an outstanding four-year career at Texas A&M, in which he recorded 178 tackles and 33 sacks.
His leadership is unquestioned, and on tape, he is relentless.
So why don't I want him in a Bills jersey? 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds.
I know measurables aren't everything, but for a team in desperate need of linebacker depth, and Aaron Maybin (another top 15 draft pick) delivering more Gatorade than sacks, Miller simply isn't a player the Bills could use immediately.
Arthur Moats has shown promise ever since he took out Brett Favre, and Shawne Merriman just recently signed to a large deal.
Miller will be a great player in the league, but not for the Buffalo Bills. Sorry guys!
This article was originally posted on www.buffalowins.com.
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