Gone Scouting: Bills heading out west

Scout.com's Chris Steuber has more scoop on where Buffalo Bills scouts will be this weekend. The focus Saturday will be offensive firepower as the Bills head west to study one of the nation's best offenses...

Scout.com's Chris Steuber is reporting that the Buffalo Bills' scouts will be at this weekend's Pac-10 bout between USC and California. At the game, Buffalo will scout the following players:


MLB, Worrell Williams, Senior

OLB, Zack Follett, Senior

OLB, Anthony Felder, Senior

DE, Tyson Alualu, Junior

CB, Syd'Quan Thompson, Junior

QB, Nate Longshore, Senior

TE, Cameron Morrah, Junior

C, Alex Mack, Senior


OLB, Brian Cushing, Senior

MLB, Rey Maualuga, Senior

OLB, Clay Matthews, Senior

FS, Taylor Mays, Junior

SS, Kevin Ellison, Senior

DT, Fili Moala, Senior

CB, Cary Harris, Senior

DE, Kyle Moore, Senior

QB, Mark Sanchez, Junior

RB, Stafon Johnson, Junior

WR, Patrick Turner, Senior

WR, Vidal Hazelton, Junior

OT, Charles Brown, Junior

K, David Buehler, Senior


Next off-season, look for the Bills to prioritize offensive firepower, a pass rusher and a marquee offensive lineman via free agency and the draft. USC's surplus of constant talent flowing to the NFL figures to be an ideal market to tap into.

Keep an eye on Patrick Turner. Although he was billed an underachiever last year on USC's offense, he has improved significantly in his senior season. The prototypical 6-foot-5, 220-pound wideout has 433 yards on 29 receptions with seven touchdowns through eight games. In the Trojans' blowout, 56-0 win against Washington last week, Turner erupted for 100 yards on six catches with a pair of scores. Like his USC forefathers at wide receiver, Turner is loaded with NFL potential. USC's pro style offense gets him up to speed quicker than others. He has natural hands, doesn't fight the ball and is tough across the middle. If Turner can pull below a 4.6 at the Combine his stock will certainly jump.

An up-close look at Turner's play-to-play motivation and want-to should go a long ways for Buffalo's critiques.

Meanwhile, California outside linebacker Zack Follett will almost certainly be put under the microscope as well. Follett is an animal. The seventh-ranked OLB on Scout.com's 2009 Draft Board has 11.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles through eight games this season. His 1.44 tackles for loss average per game is 22nd in the nation.

Zack Follett has been a disruptive force on Cal's defense.
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The Bills should be in hot pursuit of a pass rusher come March and April. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Follett may be an ideal weapon for Perry Fewell's defense, mainly because he is a pure playmaker. Kawika Mitchell has had his moments this season (interception for touchdown against San Diego), but by and large, the Bills' defense isn't a ball-hawking bunch. Assignment-sure and constant gang-tacklers, but not necessarily playmakers. A prospect like Follett may be worth a Day One investment come the '09 Draft.

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