Gone Scouting: Scanning the Midwest

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Scout.com's Chris Steuber has reported that the Buffalo Bills will be on-hand, scouting the Iowa State-Kansas State game this weekend. At the Big 12 bout, the Bills will be taking a close look at the following players:

Iowa State:

MLB, Jesse Smith, Junior

OLB, Michael Bibbs, Senior

OLB, Fred Garrin, Junior

DE, Kurtis Taylor, Senior

DE, Christopher Lyle, Junior

FS, James Smith, Junior

QB, Austen Arnaud, Redshirt Sophomore

WR, R.J. Sumrall, Senior

Kansas State:

DE, Ian Campbell, Senior

SS, Courtney Herndon, Junior

QB, Josh Freeman, Junior

WR, Brandon Banks, Junior

TE, Jeron Mastrud, Junior


Neither team is loaded with NFL hopefuls, but Buffalo will probably taking a close look at Ian Campbell.

Campbell is exactly what the Bills are starving for right now --- a hybrid LB/DE pass rusher. A '08 Hendricks Award candidate (nation's best defensive end), Campbell is a two-time, first-team all-star in the Big 12. He ranks sixth in Kansas State school history with 20.5 career sacks and has 37.5 tackles for loss in his career.

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The 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end is currently ranked sixth among outside linebackers on Chris Steuber's Draft Rankings.

Buffalo's lack of a pass rush is one of the biggest reason it has lost four straight games. With Aaron Schobel sidelined due to injury, opposing quarterbacks have had the luxury of a natural, unscathed pocket game-in and game-out. Ends Chris Kelsay and Ryan Denney have combined for only two sacks in 20 combined games. On Monday, the Bills were able to flush Brady Quinn out of the pocket at times with blitzes. Of course, over-blitzing is not something coordinator Perry Fewell wants to get used to, as the middle of the field becomes vulnerable to the short-passing game.

In short, Buffalo must go after pass rushers this coming offseason via free agency and the draft. Maybe Campbell is the answer, either as a starter or a third-down speed rusher. His lack of speed (4.8 40-yard dash) may be a concern, but with K-State, Campbell has been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Saturday, the Bills will find out for themselves if he's worth a draft pick.

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