With the 2012 NFL combine less than a week away (starting Wednesday Feb. 22nd), let’s take a look back at some of the Bills draft picks last year and see how they were reviewed after last year’s combine.
Marcell Dareus (Defensive tackle picked 3rd overall)- According to espn.com-
“The combine could not have gone much better for Dareus, who looked good while weighing in at 6-foot-3 and 319 pounds and then ran a 4.94-second 40 (unofficial) with a 1.69 10-yard split, very impressive times for his size. He also looked strong and powerful during position-specific drills. ”
Aaron Williams (Defensive back picked 34th overall)- According to espn.com-
“Williams is a good athlete for his size (6-0½, 204) but has just enough stiffness in his hips to cause concern, and while his recovery speed is adequate it is certainly not elite. Throw in less-than-ideal ball skills and it’s not a good recipe for a cover corner.
His size is not far off the average for a safety prospect, though, and Williams shows a willingness to deliver hits. He’s also a good special-teams player who will return and cover kicks and had four blocked kicks in his career. In the end, all that should help him come off the board in the second round.”
Kelvin Sheppard (Linebacker picked 68th overall)- According to NFL.com overview
“Sheppard has the skill-set necessary to become a solid starting 4-3 outside linebacker in the NFL. Does a good job pursuing and tackling in open space and on the perimeter and can play in zone coverage but doesn’t possess elite speed to consistently apply pressure off the edge or match-up in man against dangerous backs or tight ends. Struggles when cornered in a phone booth. Can be neutralized if blockers get good position and their hands on him. Takes some false steps and loses discipline with pursuit angles at times, but does possess solid instincts and awareness. Sheppard could sneak into Day 2.”
Da’Norris Searcy (Defensive back picked 100th overall)- According to NFL.com overview-
“Searcy is an effective safety in coverage, but he is not aggressive enough in run support to contribute at the next level. He has enough range to be a center fielder and shows the ability make plays when the ball is in the air. He also has experience as a nickel back over the slot, but he lacks the hip fluidity to stick with NFL receivers in man coverage. He will never be a factor in run support as he shies away from contact and struggles to shed blocks. Searcy can contribute as a punt returner and may sneak into the later rounds.”
Looking back those are the reviews of the four players picked in the top 100 picks for the Buffalo Bills 2011 draft. The team has three picks in the top 100 this year, 10th, 41st and 72nd.