Scouting The Scouts – 2023 NFL Draft

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My hobby is scouting which games the Bills scouts attend each week. I’m only listing schools scouted more than once, with an asterisk by those Brandon Beane has attended. I haven’t listed players who will be long gone by our #28-to-#31 pick.

I have listed each group below from most-probable to less-probable.

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MOST LIKELY (2 games attended by Beane)

MichiganMazi Smith, DT1T DT3T * * — “Mozzie” is a freak. He benches 22 reps at 325 lbs. DaQuan Jones needs a breather.
MichiganOlusegun Oluwatimi, C * * — Say “oh-loo-shah-GOON, oh-loo-wuh-TIM-me” ranked No. 1 in Beane’s ACC in Tackles For Loss Allowed.

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VERY VERY LIKELY (3 or more scouted games, once by Beane)

Ohio StateDawand Jones, RT * or – You done with Spencer Brown? Very nice laterally. Here, his down-block springs Williams. If Beane trades up, he’d take super slot Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, who broke Lee Evans’ 20-year-old B1G receiving yards record (1,545). One of the best blocking receivers.

GeorgiaNolan Smith, EDGE * – OUT for season, torn pec, so he will drop. How far?? He was #2 EDGE per PFF. Quick off the ball.

TennesseeJalin Hyatt, WR * – Incredibly fast, runs good routes, and is very polished. Rec Yds in 2022 (1267 so far) is #1in SEC.

Florida StateJared Verse, EDGE * – Beane saw 2 of the top 8 EDGEs in pressures, Verse and Smith. Verse is more solidly built, had less help.

Noah Sewell. Credit: © Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA TODAY NETWORK via, LLC.

VERY LIKELY (3 or more scouted games, just not by Beane yet)

ClemsonTrenton Simpson, OLB SS EDGE -Comps to Isaiah Simmons, violent downhill, quick skilled blitzer, versatile (OLB, SS, and 5-tech).

OregonNoah Sewell, ILB OLB – More tackles per game than my #1, Will Anderson; his older brother, Penei, was selected with the No. 7 pick in 2021.

MarylandJaelyn Duncan, LT – Very nice footwork, 3x scouted by Bills by mid-November. Misdirection pull here, watch 3 plays here.

OklahomaAnton Harrison, LT – Pass 92% Run 80% per DraftBuzz. Anton wasn’t getting help to accomplish his grades. He’s not Cody Ford.

O’Cyrus Torrence. Credit: © Michael O. Curley, Lafayette Daily Advertiser via Content Services, LLC.

QUITE LIKELY (2 games scouted)

FloridaO’Cyrus Torrence, Swing Guard, xfer Louisiana, now on team with Top 20 Pass-Blocking. Nasty, unrelenting. quickest out of stance.

AlabamaBrian Branch, CB NCB FS – Branch plays the Star CB, and is listed as Safety on Ourlads. Time to move on from Jaquan.

SyracuseGarrett Williams, CB – Aggressive ballhawk who sticks his nose in the fan. Played hurt here and there, but high tackles per game.

Mississippi State-Emmanuel Forbes, CB – INT machine, and he leads all active FBS players in pick sixes. Kick returner as well. SEC competition.

BaylorSiaki Ika, DT1T – xfer LSU, a character, loves his culture, knows Aranda-McDermott system. But…and it’s a big but…Slowest draftable IDL.

UtahClark Phillips III, CB NCB KR – Top 5 Tkl per Game, Top 1 in PAC12 in PBU. Flawless technique. Short, but he sure handled Drake London.

LSUB.J. Ojulari, EDGE or Kayshon Boutte, WR – Ojulari has Top5 forty time, top 4 in production…OLB in 2020, DE in 2021 coming in on money downs. Boutte is top 4 in the WR class as a fearless pass catcher over the middle. His route-running can be described as Diggs-like.

SMURashee Rice, WR – My buddy Jake calls him “a Courtland Sutton starter kit.” Natural hands, tight breaks, wizard at the corners of the end zone.

ArmyAndre Carter II, EDGE – It’s a big no from me, dog. It’ll take tape to dispel the RD1 raves.

Texas TechTyree Wilson, EDGE (I predict he’ll be gone when Bills pick) – Long, strong arms like Groot’s, and a nonstop motor.

Calijah Kancey. Credit: Kimberly Moss-USA TODAY Sports via, LLC.

Prospect More Likely RD2

Pittsburgh-Calijah Kancey, DT3T – Top 5 in pressures per game, Can be an Ed Oliver in his disruption. First Team All-ACC. hands, leverage and power.

MiamiTyrique Stevenson, CB – Fastest CB in the draft is my bet. He’s the fastest draftable in the ACC at any position. Transfer from Georgia.

TCUTre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB – Tiny, but led the Big 12 in PBU due to quick recognition and timing. LaDanian Tomlinson’s nephew.

Payton Wilson. Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports via, LLC.

Prospect More Likely RD3 or Later

NC StatePayton Wilson OLB – the leading tackler in the ACC a year ago, but sometimes misses tackles, sometimes takes bad angles.

UCLA-Zach Charbonnet, RB KR – Pet cat for me. Fastest RB in draft, 6-1 220 4.34. Physical and violent runner. 6.8 ypc vs AP teams. Nice jukes here.

Oklahoma StateBraydon Johnson WRS KR ST – So far this year: 18.8 ypr against AP teams. He’s speedy (6-0 205 4.38). Ideal slot and KR.

NebraskaOchaun Mathis EDGE – Quick and Bendy, Bats down pass here, Slow-plays to seal edge then quick closes on RB. Long arms, power.

RutgersAvery Young, FS CB KR – Has played in every game in his career, all 56 of them. Should mention Adam Korsak, Punter, too: his net average is above the NCAA record.

Editor’s babble: This is a great primer for watching college football. We can’t thank Dean Kindig enough for his many in-depth contributions to our blog. You can also find Dean on Twitter @TCBILLS_Astro. is sponsored by 26 Shirts

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