Bills nab Stanford LB Wire as SS

The Bills selected Stanford linebacker Coy Wire with their third-round pick (the 97th pick overall). Buffalo projects him to be a strong safety. He was the Cardinal's leading tackler the last two seasons playing inside linebacker.


Wire never played safety until the Senior Bowl. And in that game, he was at free safety. But Buffalo think he can eventually be its starting strong safety. This season the coaches plan on using him in a number of different defensive packages – as undersized linebacker, as a strong safety and as a cover guy.

"Right now, he's got to learn our defense," said Gregg Williams. "You hope that any player would come in and eventually become a starter. Billy Jenkins, a veteran, will have a leg up in that situation. But Coy has never backed away from competition."

Donahoe added, "He went to the Senior Bowl and played free safety there. And he didn't look out of place there. The bottom line is he's a football player. It's up to Greg and the coaches to utilize his talent … It's a little bit of a projection in our defense for him to play safety. But we're excited to have him."

Wire was an outstanding high school wrestler from Camp Hill, Pa. He already has his degree in sociology. He started his collegiate career as a running back, but moved to linebacker after a new running backs coach was hired. That coach implemented a committee approach to the running game and so Wire requested the switch to defense.

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