NFL Draft 2011: Buffalo Bills Working Out Top Defensive Players In Draft
Buffalo Bills Likely To Seek Help For Unit Ranked 24th in Total Defense A Season Ago
Suffice it to say the Bills have options with the No. 3 pick.
Allowing 26.6 points per game, Buffalo was one of the league’s worst defenses in 2010, but help is plentiful in this year’s draft.
The only problem may be deciding which player to take at which position.
Do the Bills go with ultra-athletic corner Patrick Peterson, who doubles as an option on kickoff and punt returns? Or will the front office sure up what was the NFL’s worst run defense, selecting defensive tackle Marcell Dareus as a stalwart along the defensive line for years to come?
Perhaps the answer lies at defensive end, where as many as eight players could come off the board in the first round.
Two of those players — California’s Cameron Jordan and North Carolina’s Robert Quinn —met with Buffalo officials Tuesday, as reported by the team’s official Web site.
This isn’t the first time the Bills staff has seen Jordan, who was evaluated by several teams during the week of practices leading up the Senior Bowl in January. Reportedly, Buffalo is intrigued by Jordan’s versatility of playing in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
“My motto is draft me, and I’ll play anywhere,” Jordan told the site. “I don’t care where I play. I just want to be on a team. I want to play football and that’s what I love doing. So that’s what I hope to continue doing.”
Though 20 pounds lighter than Jordan, Quinn (6’4”, 265) is also seen as a player who could provide the Bills with some much-needed speed on the edge, having recorded 11 sacks and six forced fumbles as a sophomore in 2009.
Also expected to visit Buffalo on Tuesday is former Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Bowers is considered to be the draft’s top defensive end prospect.
For more on the 2011 NFL Draft, visit Bleacher Report’s Draft Hub.
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