Scouting the Scouts…Combine Update

Updated 3/12/2018, 1:15pm

NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 02: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the UTEP Miners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated UTEP 56-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images).

Here’s the latest update of all players whose teams the Bills’ scouts were credentialed to visit. I’ve added in bold the players the Bills met at Shrine or Senior Bowl; Combine meetings are being added in Red, and Pro Days are in Dark Blue. I’m now using their updated rankings from  DraftTek’s Big Board, and have arranged them by Round and Pick to give you an idea where these candidates may be selected. See you on Twitter!
@TCBills_Astro, Bills Analyst, DraftTek



ROUND 1 (1-32). – Players Bills have met with are in Bold. Combine meetings are in redBills pick #21, #22

ROUND 2 (33-64). – Players met with are in Bold.  Bills pick #53, #55

  • OG Will  Hernandez #41–0 games & SrBowl
  • G C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas #54 —0 visited games during season, met at Combine
  • QB Luke Falk #57–2 games &SrBowl   
  • OG Isaiah Wynn #34——2 games & SrBowl
  • OG Braden Smith #36——2 games
  • DL3t Da’Ron Payne #42——2 games
  • RB Nick Chubb #46——2 games
  • ED Chad Thomas #48——2 games
  • SS Ronnie Harrison #51——2 games
  • RB Sony Michel #53——2 games
  • TE Dallas Goedert #56—-0 games & Combine
  • QB Luke Falk, Washington St #57—-2 games, met at Combine (Dolphins was his first mtg)
  • DT3t Harrison Phillips, Stanford  #60—-2 games & Combine—-ideal position fit and front-office prototype, wrestler, community service awards
  • CB Carlton Davis #62———2 games

ROUND 3 (65 to 98-106 due to compensatory picks). – Players met with are in Bold.  Bills pick ~#96

  • QB Mike White, Western Kentucky #76–1 game & SrBowl & Combine: said it was one of the better meetings 
  • RB Kerryon Johnson #65 —2 games
  • RB Mark Walton #77 —2 games
  • SS Justin Reid #78 —2 games
  • OT Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State #81 —0 visits, met at Combine
  • DT1t RJ McIntosh #82 —2 games
  • CB Quenton Meeks #85 —2 games. Son of former Colts DC /  current Chargers DBs Coach Ron Meeks…Grew up primarily in Atlanta.
  • ED Lorenzo Carter #87 —2 games
  • WR Daesean Hamilton #92 —2 games
  • RB Josh Adams #40 —2 games
  • QB Riley Ferguson #98 —2 games

ROUND 4    Bills pick ~#121

  • C G Bradley Bozeman #103–2 games (Daboll’s offense, so listed in Bold)
  • ILB Mike McCray #109 —2 games & SrBowl
  • QB Kyle Lauletta —0 games & Combine
  • RB Bo Scarbrough #129——2 games (Daboll’s offense, so listed in Bold)
  • S Marcus Allen #106 —2 games
  • DT3t BJ Hill #110 —2 games
  • TE Mike Gesicki #111 —2 games
  • LB Darius Leonard #113– SrBowl
  • RB Rashaad Penny, San Diego State #118—0 visits, met at Combine
  • DT1t Justin Jones #128 —2 games
  • DT1t Joshua Frazier #131 —2 games
  • DT3t Trenton Thompson #133 —2 games

ROUND 5    Bills pick ~#149, #157

  • OT Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T #188 —0 visits,met at Combine
  • QB Kurt Benkert #166–1 game & SrBowl
  • WR DJ Chark #140——2 games
  • DL Kendrick Norton #150——2 games
  • RB Nyheim Hines #158——2 games
  • G Scott Quessenberry #164——2 games
  • DT3t Kentavius Street #169——2 games
  • DT1t Kahlil McKenzie Jr. #170 ——2 games
  • OLB Davin Bellamy #173——2 games
  • TE Durham Smythe #184——2 games
  • CB Iman Marshall #185–3 games
  • CB Levi Wallace #190——2 games


  • OT Jaryd Jones-Smith, Pittsburgh #unranked —0 visits, met at Combine
  • OLB Uchenna Nwosu #197—3 games
  • QB Brandon Silvers #202–0 games & SrBowl; Combine
  • SS Tre Flowers #207 –2 games &Shrine
  • FS Siran Neal #232–0 games & SrBowl
  • FS Chris Hawkins #237—3 games
  • TE Ethan Wolf #281–2 games &Shrine
  • CB Jamarcus King #387– SrBowl
  • CB Avonte Maddox #399—1 game &Shrine  
  • LB Ja’Whaun Bentley #unranked– SrBowl & Pro Day
  • DT3t Kendal Vickers #198——2 games
  • G Mason Cole #205——2 games
  • TE Ryan Izzo #206—-2 games, Combine
  • S Afolabi Laguda —UNR–Colorado Pro Day
  • OLB Hercules Mata’afa #212—2 games
  • CB Kevin Toliver II #213—2 games
  • CB Anthony Averett #214–2 games. Matt Miller’s best run-defending zone corner, and a guy Daboll knows, position makes sense, even in RD5B.
  • WR Equanimeous St Brown #215—2 games
  • OLB Shaun Dion Hamilton #222—2 games
  • K Daniel Carlson #224—2 games
  • OT Toby Weathersby #230—2 games
  • OT Andre Dillard #238—2 games
  • ED Byron Cowart #243—2 games
  • FS Dominick Sanders #245—2 games
  • DT1t  Greg Gilmore #248—2 games
  • WRS Braxton Berrios #249—2 games
  • C William Clapp #257—2 games
  • CB Tony Brown #260—2 games
  • TE Dalton Schultz #274—2 games
  • OT Zachary Crabtree #339—2 games
  • TE Jeb Blazevich #343—2 games
  • OLB Peter Kalambayi #352—2 games
  • OC Austin Golson #355—2 games
  • OG Wilson Bell #372—2 games
  • OT KC McDermott #381—2 games
  • LB Jason Cabinda #383—2 games
  • OT Cole Madison #394—2 games



Josh Rosen
Sam Darnold
Baker Mayfield
Josh Allen
Lamar Jackson
Mason Rudolph
Mike White
Kyle Lauletta
Luke Falk
Riley Ferguson
Kurt Benkert
Nic Shimonek
Kyle Allen

Derrius Guice
Rashaad Penny
Philip Lindsay (Colorado Pro Day)
Saquon Barkley
Ronald Jones II
Nick Chubb
Sony Michel
Kerryon Johnson

Mark Walton
Josh Adams
Bo Scarbrough

James Washington
Calvin Ridley
Marcell Ateman
Deontay Burnett
DaeSean Hamilton
D.J. Chark
Equanimeous St. Brown

Dallas Goedert
Ryan Izzo
Mike Gesicki
Durham Smythe
Ethan Wolf

Mike McGlinchey
Kolton Miller
Tyrell Crosby

Brandon Parker
Martinas Rankin
Jaryd Jones-Smith
Toby Weathersby
Andre Dillard
Cole Madison
Zachary Crabtree

Quenton Nelson
Isaiah Wynn
Will Hernandez
Frank Ragnow
Bradley Bozeman
Scott Quessenberry
Mason Cole
Austin Golson

Harrison Phillips
RJ McIntosh
B.J. Hill

Joshua Frazier
Trenton Thompson
Kentavius Street
Justin Jones
Kahlil McKenzie Jr
Kendal Vickers

Bradley Chubb
Arden Key
Chad Thomas
Lorenzo Carter

Darius Leonard
Roquan Smith
Davin Bellamy
Hercules Mata’afa

Mike McCray
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley #unranked– SrBowl & Pro Day
Roquan Smith
Rashaan Evans
Shaun Dion Hamilton
Jason Cabinda
Peter Kalambayi

Siran Neal
Chris Hawkins
Tre Flowers
S Afolabi Laguda —UNR–Colorado Pro Day
Ronnie Harrison
Justin Reid
Marcus Allen
Dominick Sanders

Isaiah Oliver
Carlton Davis
Quenton Meeks
Levi Wallace
Kevin Toliver II
Anthony Averett
Avonte Maddox
Tony Brown

Disclaimers: The Big Board rankings are from 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.

Editor’s Babble: Thanks to Dean Kindig for his valuable contributions to our blog. You can follow Dean on Twitter @TCBILLS_Astro. Dean is also Bills Analyst and Managing Editor, DraftTek, Writer on the 2018 Draft for –  and Co-Manager, Original Buffalo Bills Fan Page on Facebook.

*All contributions shared on the BillsMafia blog are solely the opinion of the author(s).

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