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The 2013 Bills rookies officially put in their first day of work.
Unfortunately, we here at Queen City Sports could not be in attendance for the rookie camp, but thanks to Joe Buscaglia of WGR550 and WGRZ’s Jonah Javad, we have a good idea on how the rookies performed.
Buscaglia’s piece and Javad’s tweets mashed together in this article as well as my thoughts. Sit back and read up on the 2013 Bills rookie class!
Round 1 Pick: E.J. Manuel:
On Buffalo’s first round pick, Buscaglia had this to say:
Once Manuel got to the portion where he could throw to his receivers on timing patterns (without defenders), you could see the ease in which the ball came off his hand. As expected, he hit plenty of receivers in stride and even had an effortless throw down the deep sideline to speedster Marquise Goodwin. However, Manuel was high or behind on some of his throws during this drill. One has to remember that this is one of the first times he’s thrown to all of these players before passing too much judgment.
Javad tweeted the following:
QB EJ Manuel: Long legs + agility = quick drop back. Quick drop back = will have more time to make his reads. #BillsRookieCamp
Some of Manuel’s passes were ducks. Some were behind the receivers. Still gelling with new teammates. #BillsRookieCamp
Talbot’s Take: Nothing too surprising here. As Joe B. stated, it’s day one of rookie camp and Manuel does not have any chemistry with his wide receivers. By the time training camp starts, I’m sure we’ll have a better grasp of where Manuel is in terms of chemistry, footwork and ability to start from day one.
As for Manuel’s bad passes, I wouldn’t dwell on them too much. It’ll all come together with time.
Round 2 Pick: Robert Woods:
Javad provided an interesting camparison to the former USC standout wide receiver as well as his thoughts on Woods playing slot:
WR Robert Woods reminds me of Eagles WR DeSean Jackson. Pretty short but quick burst off the line. As advertised. #BillsRookieCamp
If Stevie Johnson doesn’t move to the slot, Robert Woods could thrive in that spot. Really impressed by his juke steps. #BillsRookieCamp
Buscaglia called Woods his standout player of the afternoon. He noted that Woods had two early drops but caught everything else thrown his way shortly thereafter. Buscaglia praised Woods saying:
The former USC Trojan oozed the overall polish and fluidity on day one that some receivers only dream of being able to have.
Talbot’s Take: I called Woods the best route runner in the draft and one of the few wide receivers you could place in your starting lineup instantly. I expect Woods to continue to impress the Bills and fans. He’ll be lined up across from Stevie Johnson in Week 1.
Round 2 Pick: Kiko Alonso:
Joe B. said the following on Alonso:
The highest drafted defensive player for the Bills couldn’t do too much in the first practice. There was no contact allowed, no defensive linemen during the 7-on-7′s and not much for him to do but get in to coverage. He did a nice job on covering up the running back a pair of times throughout the day, however… I wouldn’t be shocked if training camp comes along and Alonso gets in to a little skirmish or two. He’s a total edge player.
On Twitter, Javad said this about the former Oregon Duck:
Kiko Alonso nearly tackled someone today. His first day. Without pads. That’s not allowed. But boy do I like that attitude. #Bills
Later he added:
#Bills LB Kiko Alonso was most intense player on field. Stays very low in his stance (at 6’4″) = uses gravity to help pursue ball carrier
Talbot’s Take: Alonso is an intense individual. I’m guessing it was killing him today to not be able to hit someone. In due time he’ll get a chance to pop someone. I look forward to the day when it’s an opposing team.
Round 3 Pick: Marquise Goodwin
In responding to a Twitter question, Javad had this to say on Buffalo’s third round speed receiver:
@bgilmer80 Woods and Rogers are quicker than Stevie. Don’t know bout Graham. But Marquise Goodwin made em all look like turtles. #Flies
Buscaglia also noted Goodwin’s speed:
Speed, speed and more speed. That’s the name of the game with Goodwin who showed off his overall explosiveness off the line of scrimmage. His biggest enemy during the minicamp was his concentration and getting the football firm in to his mitts.
Talbot’s Take: While I was a bit confused by this pick due to Buffalo having T.J. Graham on their roster, I will say he’s more polished than Graham was last season. It’ll be really interesting to watch both Goodwin and Graham in training camp this year. Most likely both will be on Buffalo’s opening day roster, but I wouldn’t be stunned if one of them were cut.
Round 4 Pick: Duke Williams
Javad noticed that Williams does not have a typical safety frame:
Safety Duke Williams is built like a goal line running back. Thick arms, torso. Moves well for a guy that dense. Will be great vs the run.
If Duke Williams matches up against tight ends, he must use his size to leverage the TE at the line of scrimmage, not in coverage. #Bills
Talbot’s Take: Williams is another draft pick that will play with a bit of an edge for Buffalo. While I see him starting out as a special teams contributor, Williams has a great chance to join the safety rotation early in the season.
Round 5 Pick: Jonathan Meeks
Talbot’s Take: Meeks wasn’t mentioned by Javad or Buscaglia and his selection was my least favorite (had a 7th round grade on him) of Buffalo’s draft. That said, I’m very intrigued about watching him in training camp as I want to see what Buffalo saw in him. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a draft pick proving me wrong.
Round 6 Pick: Dustin Hopkins
In his WGR550.com writeup, Buscaglia notes that Hopkins could put Rian Lindell’s roster spot in danger. He noted Hopkins powerful leg:
The leg is as good as advertised for Hopkins. The former Florida State Seminole continuously boomed kickoffs out of the end zone during special teams drills.
Talbot’s Take: Many Bills fans were not thrilled with taking a kicker, but getting the best kicker in the draft is not a bad thing when you have a veteran that is showing signs of slowing down. Hopkins’ leg is just as powerful as John Potter’s but he is much more accurate than Potter was at kicking field goals. This is a 6th round pick that has a chance to pay instant dividends for Buffalo.
Round 7 Pick: Chris Gragg
Javad noted on Twitter that Gragg had a massive upper body and is quite athletic:
TE Chris Gragg: Speed is as advertised. Runs & catches like a WR. But his lean lower body would struggle as a blocker. #BillsRookieCamp
Talbot’s Take: I’m one of Gragg’s biggest fans and will admit that right away. If Gragg can stay healthy he has the ability to contribute immediately for Buffalo. That’s rare in a 7th round pick, but there’s no guarantee that Scott Chandler will be good to go come Week 1. In my scouting reports, I cited Jordan Reed as a poor man’s Aaron Hernandez. I guess that’d make Gragg a homeless man’s Aaron Hernandez. He has the speed to create mismatches and great hands. I cannot wait to watch Gragg live at training camp this summer.
Come back tomorrow when the undrafted free agents will be discussed!
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