5 Defensive Prospects Bills Fans Should Know

Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford: Skov is projected as a third round pick or later, but much like Kiko Alonso the tale of the tape says a lot more than his measurables. Skov is a smart, instinctive linebacker that is strong at the point of attack and stuffing the run. Adding Skov would allow the Bills to slide Alonso to the weakside linebacker position in Jim Schwartz’s defense so he can morph into a Keith Bullock like terror. Skov’s selection instantly helps improve the run defense and others around him.

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Shayne Skov is an intriguing mid-round pick for the Bills. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida: The Bills were one of the top teams in the league at intercepting passes, but still were susceptible to the big play. Purifoy brings athleticism and tackling ability to the outside. If need be, Purifoy can also play some safety. Purifoy could fall into the third round because of injury concerns, and his value at that point would be hard to pass up.

Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo: Khalil Mack may not be available when the Bills pick 9th overall, but the local UB product would be a welcome addition to the Bills. Mack is shooting up draft boards due to his ability to make the big play and be a pass rushing force. Mack’s college coach Jeff Quinn talked about how one team had four guys block Mack during a game, FOUR GUYS! There’s no doubt that Jim Schwartz could find a productive role for Mack.

Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida: This year’s defensive end class is pretty weak after the top three guys, but Lynch is an intriguing late round prospect. Lynch is an outstanding athlete, and that made him a top recruit coming out of high school. Lynch looked great at Notre Dame, but he his production fell off after transferring to USF. If the Bills feel that defensive line coach Pepper Johnson can develop Lynch’s technique and get maximum effort out of him, he’s worth a late round pick.

Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon: Terrance Mitchell is currently projected as a third round pick, but his draft stock could change depending on his pro day. Mitchell is a gambling corner that didn’t receive as much praise as his highly touted teammate, Ifo Ekpre Olomu, but Mitchell was very productive this season. In 2013, the corner recorded six interceptions and six passes defended. Mitchell is still raw and lacks top end speed, but he would add further depth to the team’s secondary.

About Jason DeHart

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One Reply to “5 Defensive Prospects Bills Fans Should Know”

  1. I am very interested as to why I wasn’t included in this blog. My name is Brendan Munnerlyn, I play Cornerback and I am an participant in the forthcoming 2014 NFL Draft class. More importantly, I have spoken with many #BillsMafia bloggers, on twitter and I don’t understand if they love my talent so much and rave about me allday why would they not vote to even consider mentioning me in this written report. I know those 2 other cornerbacks may have more publicity but who’s to say that they would even want to consider going to Buffalo. But me on the other hand, I can be considered a local product because I attended Milford Academy from 2009-2011 and my team was undefeated, one loss in 2 seasons, I starred at Cornerback, and I would love to play at Buffalo. Head Coach Doug Marrone was the Head Coach at Syracuse University when I played there and he was trying everything possible to be able to offer me a full athletic scholarship even though I was academically ineligible. He still referred me to Junior Colleges, just to get me into Syracuse, My teammates Dyshawn Davis,Myles Davis,Jeremiah Kobeana, and Travon Burke (all current Syracuse Players) can vouch for me, especially Doug Marrone himself, you should look into asking him, if you are so connected. I think Coach Marrone is one of the best coaches anyone could ever have the opportunity to play for and I respect him as one of the nicest persons you could ever meet, before I respect him as one of the best football coaches anyone could ever have. I’m not trying to tell you how to run your blog but I just really think you should consider more than the things/players you see on TV. But I cannot fault you, You made some worthy selections, I love all five of those prospects, especially Shane Skov everyone has seem to forgot about him, Purifoy has been my favorite Underdog this entire college football season, he used to play wide receiver, But just last week bills fam was blowing up my mentions, asking for film and links, and telling me to request my agent to get me up to buffalo for a workout, But now it’s like because I haven’t played on TV, I received no love from people who I at one time considered closest, and most understanding of my path to the draft. Hopefully you can find the time and interest to want to do a segment on me/Milford Academy, or something local. Regardless, Thank you and god bless you all.