2012 Free Agent Profile: Cliff Avril

Editor’s note: Scott DelleFave is back in the swing of things, putting together player profiles for pending 2012 rookies and free agents. He brings a big fish to the table tonight…

Cliff Avril (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Cliff Avril, DE
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Vital Info:
6′ 3″ 265 lbs.
Age: 26 (as of wk. 1, 2012)
Years Pro: 4
College: Purdue
Twitter handle: @cliffavril

Career Stats:
133 Tackles
30 Sacks
14 Forced Fumbles
1 Interception
2 Touchdowns

How Cliff can help the Bills:
Cliff is a pure speed rusher who could benefit greatly from expected attention to defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. He has a good first step and can turn the corner. He often lines up in the “wide nine” technique, which is on the outside shoulder of the tight end. Cliff seems to be coming into the peak of his career after coming off a season where he played in all 16 regular season games and 1 playoff game and amassing 11 sacks. I would offer him 5 years, 45 million dollars, and around 25 million dollars to sign him at One Bills Drive.

One Reply to “2012 Free Agent Profile: Cliff Avril”

  1. If we really are going to be “aggressive”in FA,and,don’t land Mario,Cliff is my next choice.He would be an ideal fit in Wanny’s new 4-3 scheme,as you described above.Really dont see Detroit “tagging”him,and,from what I hear,they arent even close on a new deal.So,let’s DO something!Could start by getting S.J#13 resigned ASAP!Deadline is two days away,WHAT are they waiting for?Go Bills!