Gone Scouting: Bills continue talent search

Scout.com has the latest on where Bills scouts are looking for prospects in the college ranks. Ball State's Darius Hill (left) could be one player on the radar...

As the college football season winds down, the Buffalo Bills are doing their best to make sure they get in as much scouting as possible. Scout.com's Chris Steuber is reporting that the team will be on-hand scouting the Kent State-Buffalo, Colorado-Nebraska and Western Michigan-Ball State games. No. 15 Ball State defeated Western Michigan Tuesday night, 45-22, to finish its regular season undefeated. Here are the players the Bills will be looking at:

KENT STATE VS. BUFFALO

Kent State:

OLB, Derek Burrell, Senior

CB, Rico Murray, Senior

SS, Brian Lainhart, Redshirt Sophomore

RB, Eugene Jarvis, Junior

WR, Shawn Bayes, Senior

OT, Augustus Parrish, Senior

Buffalo:

QB, Drew Willy, Senior

RB, James Starks, Junior

WR, Naaman Roosevelt, Junior

Analysis…

You can bet the Bills have kept one ear open on their hometown college team. Turner Gill has pioneered a metamorphosis at UB (7-4, 5-2 MAC). No longer are Bulls prospects afterthoughts. The MAC East Champions are led by the three big guns listed above – Willy (2,645 yards, 21 TD, 5 Int.), Starks (1,090 yards, 13 TD) and Roosevelt (78 rec., 1,072 yards, 9 TD).

One of these three could be worth a late-round flier, namely Roosevelt. While undersized at six-foot, 187 pounds, the former high school quarterback is averaging nearly 100 yards per game. No easy feat. The quick rebuttal is of course, strength of schedule. But keep in mind that UB has played against two big-time programs in Missouri (42-21) and Pittsburgh (27-16). The Bulls were within one point of Pitt in the fourth quarter and within six of Missouri in the third quarter. Hardly the big-bully wipeouts you'd expect.

These games are two valuable pieces of film for scouts studying a mid-major prospect. And Roosevelt was strong. Against Pitt, he caught six passes for 65 yards. And at Mizzou, Roosevelt snagged nine balls for 87 yards.

The Bills – desperate for talent at wideout – sure will be analyzing Roosevelt this weekend against a solid Kent State team.

Also, sophomore defensive backs Davonte Shannon, Justin Winters and Domonic Cook could all have pro potential too. Winters leads UB in tackles with 101, including two sacks and an interception. Shannon has 92 tackles and Cook (66 tackles) leads the Bulls in interceptions (four) and pass breakups (seven).

COLORADO VS. NEBRASKA

Colorado:

MLB, Jeff Smart, Junior

OLB, Brad Jones, Senior

DE, Maurice Lucas, Senior

DT, George Hypolite, Senior

DT, Brandon Nicolas, Senior

FS, Ryan Walters, Senior

C, Daniel Sanders, Senior

Nebraska:

OLB, Cody Glenn, Senior

MLB, Phillip Dillard, Junior

DT, Ndamukong Suh, Junior

DE, Zach Potter, Senior

SS, Larry Asante, Junior

FS, Ricky Thenarse, Junior

OG, Lydon Murtha, Senior

RB, Marlon Lucky, Senior

WR, Nate Swift, Senior

Analysis…

Sticking with the wide receiver theme, keep an eye on Swift. In 11 games, he has 58 catches for 899 yards and eight touchdowns. He's a big-play threat that averages nearly 16 yards per reception. He isn't at the top of draft rankings, but Swift could be thrown into the Day 2 mix. Any receiver that manages to thrive in the Cornhuskers' age-old, run-first offense deserves consideration. In fact, earlier this season Swift broke the 36-year team-record for receptions.

WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. BALL STATE

Bills' representative Dave Smith was in attendance for this game, Steuber reports.

Western Michigan:

DE, Zach Davidson, Senior

CB, Londen Fryar, Senior

FS, Louis Delmas, Senior

SS, C.J. Wilson, Senior

QB, Tim Hiller, Junior

RB, Brandon West, Junior

WR, Jamarko Simmons, Senior

TE, Branden Ledbetter, Senior

Ball State:

OLB, Bryant Haines, Senior

OLB, Kenny Meeks, Senior

CB, B.J. Hill, Senior

CB, Trey Lewis, Senior

SS, Alex Knipp, Junior

QB, Nate Davis, Junior

RB, MiQuale Lewis, Junior

TE, Darius Hill, Senior

OT, Robert Brewster, Senior

P, Chris Miller, Senior

Analysis…

Robert Royal has been above-average, but Buffalo still lacks a go-to tight end. Darius Hill is ranked No. 8 on Chris Steuber's TE Board and may be on the Bills radar.

The senior Hill is a massive target. At 6-6, 236, he's been a staple on Ball State's explosive offense that is producing 37.7 points per game (17th in the nation). Hill has 34 catches for 553 yards and seven touchdowns in Ball State's 12 games.

He's been a mainstay along Ball State's rise to national prominence. In his sophomore and junior years combined, Hill had 1,667 yards on 107 receptions with 21 scores. Not many tight ends in the draft can boast three years worth of top-tier production. If the somewhat-thin Hill can show some muscle at the Combine, he'll land somewhere. Buffalo needs to add a pass-catching threat at tight end this offseason.


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