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Scouting The Scouts – Fall 2017 Edition

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Bills’ GM Brandon Beane, plus Terrence Gray, Director of College Scouting, plus his sidekick Lake Dawson, Bills’ Assistant GM Joe Schoen, and the Bills’ scouts are performing their due diligence on this year’s draft-eligible crop. The Bills’ Scouts have now visited the games of 36 schools, the most since I began tracking scout visits 5 years ago. (Updated 11/18/17)

Bills’ scouts have been credentialed for games including these schools.  Top-40 players, using my own Big Board, are listed in bold: 

Schools Scouted 3X:

  • USC 2X 3X 1X unconfirmed (QB Sam Darnold #1, ILB Cameron Smith #48, RB Ronald Jones #59, CB Iman Marshall #86, ED Porter Gustin #167, S Chris Hawkins #237, WR Deontay Burnett #259)

Schools Scouted 2X:

  • Georgia 2X: (RB Nick Chubb #34,  ED Lorenzo Carter #79, DL Trenton Thompson #91,LB Davin Bellamy #237).
  • LSU 2X (ED Arden Key #5, RB Royce Freeman #76, RB Derrius Guice #90, DL Frank Herron #127, WR DJ Chark #156, G Maea Teuhema #172, G William Clapp #134, DL Christian LaCouture #121, S Ed Paris #300, OT Toby Weathersby #142).
  • Memphis 2X : (QB Riley Ferguson #114).
  • Miami 2x (ED Chad Thomas #64, DL Kendrick Norton #108, OT KC McDermott #112, RB Mark Walton #172, WRS Braxton Berrios #331).
  • Michigan: 2X (DL Maurice Hurst #24, C Mason Cole #61, S Tyree Kinnel #128, LB Devin Bush #192, LB Mike McCray #247).
  • NC State: 2X (ED Bradley Chubb #40, DL Kentavius Street #130, RB Jaylen Samuels #301).
  • Notre Dame 2X: (OT Mike McGlinchey #9, G Quenton Nelson #33, WR Equanimeous St Brown #50, TE Durham Smythe #197).
  • Oklahoma St: 2x (QB Mason Rudolph #2, WR James Washington #18, OT Zachary Crabtree #120, S Tre Flowers #207).
  • Penn State 2X: (RB Saquon Barkley #5, TE Mike Gesicki #91, S Marcus Allen #41, LB Jason Cabinda #88, WR Daesean Hamilton #174, OT Brendan Mahon #179, OT Andrew Nelson #220, QB Trace McSorley #228).
  • Stanford 2X: (RB Bryce Love #40, CB Quenton Meeks #137, S Justin Reid #170, OT Casey Tucker #285, TE Dalton Schultz #322, LB Peter Kalambayi #352).
  • Tennessee 2X (DL Reginald McKenzie Jr. #64, CB Shaq Wiggins #168, C Coleman Thomas #277, TE Ethan Wolf #281, LB Darrin Kirkland #355).
  • UCLA 2X: (QB Josh Rosen #4, G Scott Quessenberry #156, ILB Kenny Young #159).
  • Washington State 2X: (QB Luke Falk #63, G Cody O’Connell #155, OT Cole Madison #194).

Schools Scouted Once:

  • Alabama (CB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick #8, Calvin Ridley #26, S Ronnie Harrison #27, DL Da’Ron Payne #29,  DL Da’Shawn Hand #45, LB Shaun Dion Hamilton #56, CB Anthony Averett #93, C Bradley Bozeman #94, CB Tony Brown #125, RB Bo Scarbrough #130, LB Christian Miller #163, G Ross Piersbacher #270).
  • Louisville  (QB Lamar Jackson #12, CB Jaire Alexander #13, DL Drew Bailey #89, OT Geron Christian #287).
  • Auburn (CB Carlton Davis #37, QB Jarrett Stidham #64, RB Kerryon Johnson #161, G Braden Smith #191, G Wilson Bell #253, DL Byron Cowart #290, S Tray Matthews #298, RB Kamryn Pettway #300).
  • California (LB Devante Downs #221).
  • Clemson (DL Christian Wilkins #7, WR Deon Cain #31, DL Clelin Ferrell #33, G Tyrone Crowder #39, OT Mitch Hyatt #51, G Taylor Hearn #123,  LB Kendall Joseph #141).
  • Florida St: (S Derwin James #3, CB Tavarus McFadden #15, DL Derrick Nnadi #22).
  • Houston (QB Kyle Allen, #
  • Iowa: (RB Akrum Wadley #55, LB  Josey Jewell #64, C Sean Walsh #252, RB James Butler #328)
  • Northwestern: (S Godwin Igwebuike #144, RB Justin Jackson #181, QB Clayton Thorson #285).
  • Ohio State (ED  Sam Hubbard #21, ED Tyquan Lewis #30, CB Denzel Ward #32, G Billy Price #66, OT Jamarco Jones #72, DL Michael Hill #94,  #S Damon Webb #96, DL Dre’Mont Jones #152, LB Dante Booker #158, TE Marcus Baugh #177).
  • Oklahoma (TE Mark Andrews #60, CB Jordan Thomas #83, ED Ogbonnia Okoronkwo #102, QB Baker Mayfield #133, OT Orlando Brown #196, S Steven Parker #278).
  • Oregon scouted OL at practice: OT Tyrell Crosby #95.
  • Syracuse: (OT Cody Conway #182, OT Jamar McGloster #217).
  • Texas A&M: (WR Christian Kirk #19, S Armani Watts #62, DL Daylon Mack #101, S Donovan Wilson #141).
  • Texas Tech: (QB Nic Shimonek #222, WR Keke Coutee #310)
  • Toledo: (WR Cody Thompson #248)
  • Virginia Tech: (CB Adonis Alexander #145, CB Brandon Facyson #245 WR Cam Phillips #273)
  • West Virginia: (CB Justin Crawford #118,  WR David Sills #135, QB Will Grier #194).
  • Washington: (OT Trey Adams #29 out for season,  DL Vita Vea #33, LB Azeem Victor #49, LB Keishawn Bierria #74, WR Dante Pettis #101, QB Jake Browning #179, RB Lavon Coleman #195, DL Greg Gaines #204, RB Myles Gaskin #205, TE Drew Sample #279, S JoJo McIntosh #283, G Coleman Shelton #322).
  • Wyoming: (QB Josh Allen #48, S Andrew Wingard #164)

Unconfirmed Visits:

  • Colorado (unconfirmed): RB Philip Lindsay #134, WR Shay Fields #269.
  • Arkansas (unconfirmed): (C G Frank Ragnow #94, LB Dre Greenlaw #303, RB Rawleigh Williams III #320).

Separated by Rounds (NEW)

  • RD1 1-32 (2 Picks): QB Sam Darnold #1, QB Mason Rudolph #2, S Derwin James #3, QB Josh Rosen #4, RB Saquon Barkley #5, ED Arden Key #6, DL Christian Wilkins #7, CB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick #8, OT Mike McGlinchey #9, QB Lamar Jackson #12, CB Jaire Alexander #13, WR James Washington #14, CB Tavarus McFadden #15, QB Baker Mayfield #17, WR Christian Kirk #19, CB Denzel Ward #20, ED Sam Hubbard #21, DL Derrick Nnadi #22, DL Maurice Hurst #24, Calvin Ridley #26, S Ronnie Harrison #27, DL Da’Ron Payne #29, OT Trey Adams #30, WR Deon Cain #31, ED Tyquan Lewis #32
  • RD2 33-64 (2 Picks): G Quenton Nelson #33, DL Vita Vea #34, DL Clelin Ferrell #35, RB Nick Chubb #36, CB Carlton Davis #37, G Tyrone Crowder #39, ED Bradley Chubb #40, RB Bryce Love #41, S Marcus Allen #41, ILB Cameron Smith #43, LB Azeem Victor #49, DL Da’Shawn Hand #45, QB Josh Allen #48, WR Equanimeous St Brown #50, OT Mitch Hyatt #51,Akrum Wadley #55, LB Shaun Dion Hamilton #56, RB Ronald Jones #59, TE Mark Andrews #60, C Mason Cole #61, S Armani Watts #62, QB Luke Falk #63, LB Josey Jewell #64
  • RD3 65-107: G Billy Price #66, QB Jarrett Stidham #67, ED Chad Thomas #68, OT Jamarco Jones #72, LB Keishawn Bierria #74, RB Royce Freeman #76, ED Lorenzo Carter #79, CB Jordan Thomas #83, CB Iman Marshall #86, LB Jason Cabinda #88, DL Drew Bailey #89, RB Derrius Guice #90, TE Mike Gesicki #91, DL Trenton Thompson #92, CB Anthony Averett #93, DL Michael Hill #94, C Bradley Bozeman #95, OT Tyrell Crosby #96, S Damon Webb #97, WR Dante Pettis #101, DL Daylon Mack #102, ED Ogbonnia Okoronkwo #103
  • RD4 108-144: DL Kendrick Norton #108, OT KC McDermott #112, QB Riley Ferguson #114, CB Justin Crawford #118, OT Zachary Crabtree #120, DL Christian LaCouture #121, G Taylor Hearn #123, CB Tony Brown #125, DL Frank Herron #127, S Tyree Kinnel #128, RB Bo Scarbrough #130, DL Kentavius Street #131, G William Clapp #133, RB Philip Lindsay #134, WR David Sills #135, CB Quenton Meeks #137, LB Kendall Joseph #140, S Donovan Wilson #141, OT Toby Weathersby #142, S Godwin Igwebuike #144
  • RD5 145-184: CB Adonis Alexander #145, DL Dre’Mont Jones #152, WR DJ Chark #153, G Cody O’Connell #154, G Scott Quessenberry #156, LB Dante Booker #158, ILB Kenny Young #159, RB Kerryon Johnson #161,LB Christian Miller #163, S Andrew Wingard #164, ED Porter Gustin #167, CB Shaq Wiggins #168, S Justin Reid #170, G Maea Teuhema #171, RB Mark Walton #172, WR Daesean Hamilton #174, TE Marcus Baugh #177, OT Brendan Mahon #179, QB Jake Browning #180, RB Justin Jackson #181,OT Jamar McGloster #182
  • RD6 185-218:G Braden Smith #191, LB Devin Bush #192, OT Cole Madison #194, RB Lavon Coleman #195, OT Orlando Brown #196, TE Durham Smythe #197, DL Greg Gaines #204, RB Myles Gaskin #205, S Tre Flowers #207
  • RD7 219-253: OT Andrew Nelson #220, LB Devante Downs #221, QB Nic Shimonek #222,  QB Trace McSorley #228, LB Davin Bellamy #237, S Chris Hawkins #237, CB Brandon Facyson #245, LB Mike McCray #247, WR Cody Thompson #248, C Sean Walsh #252, G Wilson Bell #253
  • PFA: WR Deontay Burnett #259, WR Shay Fields #269, G Ross Piersbacher #270, WR Cam Phillips #273, C Coleman Thomas #277, S Steven Parker #278, TE Drew Sample #279,TE Ethan Wolf #281, S JoJo McIntosh #283, QB Clayton Thorson #285, OT Casey Tucker #286, OT Geron Christian #287, S Tray Matthews #298, S Ed Paris #300, RB Kamryn Pettway #301, RB Jaylen Samuels #302, WR Keke Coutee #310, TE Dalton Schultz #322, G Coleman Shelton #323, RB James Butler #328, LB Peter Kalambayi #352

Dean Kindig, @TCBills_Astro on Twitter
Bills Analyst and Managing Editor, DraftTek
Writer on the 2018 Draft for Cover1.net
Co-Manager, Original Buffalo Bills Fan Page on Facebook

Disclaimers: The Big Board rankings are from my own Big Board, and not DraftTek’s Big Board, which is here. Scouting the scouts is admittedly an inexact science. One doesn’t know which of the two teams on the field they’re looking at more closely. For example, when Bills scouts went to last year’s FCS Championship between JMU and Villanova, which QB had they come to see, Schor or Bednarzcyk? We don’t know which players they covet, either; when the Bills watched the Louisville-FSU game, were their eyes peeled for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, or the Seminoles’ Safety Derwin James? Or both? Remember, we have two first-round picks! Many underclassmen playing in these games often return to school rather than declare for the draft, so there’s that.

Photo of QB Sam Darnold from sportingnews.com.

 

 

Editor’s babble: Thanks to Dean Kindig for his fantastic contributions to our blog.


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