2021 Interviews – The Heart of the Process – Part Two: The TEs

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In under 4 years, Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have formed a tightly-knit brotherhood of players. It’s clear to me that they are looking for a persona as much as a player. Beane is looking for character traits like being a teammate, being competitive, being task-involved, and having a solid work ethic. The information that you don’t see in highlight films or All-22s goes a long way in the evaluation process. I’m talking about the interviews behind closed doors. Or this year, on Zoom.

On Valentines Day (with my wife’s blessing; since for some reason she wanted to finish Bridgerton on Netflix) and the day after, I watched about 200 interviews on players the Bills are likely considering in several positional groups. What was I looking for?

As a learning specialist of 44 years and a school admissions test administrator for 28 years, I learned how to pay attention to more than the scores my tests were obtaining. In these press conferences and interviews, I watched body language, eye contact, body language, pursing lips, wringing hands, smiling when teammate or OL was mentioned.

I listened to the answer’s fit with the question. A few players had to ask to have the question repeated. Are they fully in the moment, or will they have difficulty with the details of a complicated offensive playbook? Are they task-involved or ego-involved? Were their eyes up trying to visualize, or down trying to hear themselves formulate an answer? Were their eyes moving left (right hemisphere/ visual) or left (left hemisphere/language)? Were they interacting with the interviewer as a fellow human being, or in their own little ego-bubble? Were they uncomfortable sharing the credit for their performance? Did they ever credit teammates, God, family, coaches for their results?

I found the spot in the interview where I saw something significant that spoke to their fit with The Process of the Bills. I also attempted to separate them into tiers. Here is the first of several articles on The Interviews — The Heart of The Process.

CLICK ON THE LETTER GRADE following the player name to hear the spot in the interview where I spotted something significant that spoke to their fit with The Process. Follow me on Twitter to convince me to show my an interview that should change my grade; I’ll consider it –This isn’t high school!

10/28/20 MFB Practice Alabama tight end Carl Tucker (86) Photo by Kent Gidley.

TEs, Arranged By Anticipated 40 Time

Bills’ TE Average=6-5—-257——4.64
(bold=scouted 2020 or 2019)

TIER 1: A+ Interviews

Carl Tucker FB/TE Alabama 6’1″ 248 4.67 A+
Miller Forristall TE Alabama 6’6″ 242 4.7 A+
Luke Farrell TE Ohio State 6’6″ 250 4.72 A+
Quintin Morris TE Bowling Green 6’4″ 251 4.7 A+

TIER 2: A Interviews

Kenny Yeboah TE Ole Miss 6’4″ 240 4.62 A
Tre’ McKitty TE Georgia 6’5″ 241 4.76 A
Pro Wells TE TCU 6’3 250 4.67 A
Briley Moore TE Kansas St 6’3 249 4.72 A

TIER 3: A- Interviews

Brevin Jordan TE Miami 6’3″ 245 4.57 A-
Hunter Long TE Boston College 6’5″ 253 4.75 A-
Kylen Granson TE/FB SMU 6’3″ 235 4.56 A-
Matt Bushman TE BYU 6’5″ 245 4.63 A-

TIER 4: B+ Interviews

Pat Freiermuth TE Penn State 6’5″ 250 4.64 B+
Matt Dotson TE Michigan State 6’5″ 234 4.58 B+
Cary Angeline TE NC State 6’7″ 254 4.62 B+

TIER 5: B Interviews

Kyle Pitts TE Florida 6’5″ 246 4.5 B
Shaun Beyer TE Iowa 6’5″ 222 4.65 B

Tony Poljan TE Virginia 6’7″ 255 4.72 — No Interview Available
Jordan Davis TE Louisville 6’4″ 265 4.75 — No Interview Available

Editor’s babble: Brilliant work by Dean, as always. Thanks to Dean Kindig for his tremendous contributions to our blog. You can find Dean on Twitter @TCBILLS_Astro.

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