Bills Q&A with Scout Analyst Chris Steuber

Scout.com expert Chris Steuber discusses the upcoming draft, James Hardy, one sleeper on the Bills' roster and much more inside. You may be surprised what Steuber has to say about one player deep on the depth chart...

BFR: The Bills desperately need to land a bonafide wide receiver to pair with Lee Evans. Is there someone in this year's crop that could make an immediate impact?

Chris Steuber:The senior class is a little weak this year at the wide receiver position. But, if underclassmen like Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech), Jeremy Maclin (Missouri), Percy Harvin (Florida) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland) declare, it gives the class some depth. The top senior WRs are Juaquin Iglesias (Oklahoma) and Derrick Williams (Penn State). The receiver who will have the biggest impact next year is Crabtree. His size, skill and uncanny ability to reach the endzone will make him a marquee player at the next level.

BFR: Speaking of wide receivers, what's your take on James Hardy? He struggled mightily during his rookie year. Is there any hope for him looking forward?

CS: I wouldn't give up on him yet. A receiver with Hardy's attributes and talent is rare. He's still a bit raw at the position because, although Hardy had a lot of success at Indiana, he was a basketball recruit.

The biggest concern I had about Hardy entering the draft was that he caught a majority of his passes on the outside and didn't challenge over the middle very often. He has a great frame, but he has to get stronger. He's lacked strength for years, but is able to be successful because he's very long and possesses outstanding hands.

Fans have to be patient with Hardy and not write him off just yet. I want to see if he gets in the weight room during the offseason and becomes a much more complete player. If he doesn't get stronger, he won't be successful.

BFR: From your experiences studying him at Stanford and now in the NFL, does Trent Edwards have the potential to be a top-flight quarterback in the NFL?

CS: He certainly has the potential to be a very good quarterback, but I don't think he will ever be among the elite. It's still early in his career, and he's shown signs of brilliance, but injuries in college and in the NFL have hampered Edwards' progress.

BFR: Leodis McKelvin had a banner rookie year in the kicking game, averaging nearly 30 yards per runback. It looks like he'll be a mainstay in the return game for years, but does he have the potential to blossom into a shutdown cornerback?

CS: Absolutely; he has tremendous ability as a cornerback and I expect him to become one of the better cover corners in the league. He's extremely physical and transitions well with receivers. He has a great burst and possesses outstanding ball skills. The one negative aspect of his game is that he has to challenge receivers on a consistent basis and not allow the opposition to dictate their course of action. If he plays with the consistency he's shown on special teams at cornerback, he will be a Pro Bowl player in two years.

BFR: Are there any recent low draft picks on the Bills' roster that particularly intrigue you?

CS: The Bills do a nice job of identifying talent, and they have done well drafting in the later rounds. They got a solid interior defensive lineman in 2006 (5th round) in former LSU standout Kyle Williams. He's been durable and effective inside and plays with a high motor. But the one guy that stands out to me is 2008 sixth round pick, running back Xavier Omon. Omon had an outstanding collegiate career at NW Missouri State where he rushed for 7,073 yards; only the second player in Division II history to rush for over 7,000 yards. The 5-foot-11, 225-pounder finished his career with an outstanding senior campaign, as he rushed for 2,337 yards on 370 carries and 37 touchdowns. It may be hard for the Bills to find Omon playing time, especially with Marshawn Lynch dominating the carries. But when you have a running back with great talent you have to find ways to get him touches. Omon has the potential to be a featured back in the NFL.

BFR: After a third straight below-average season and Sunday's bizarre play call, should Dick Jauron be fired as Buffalo's head coach?

CS: That's a tough call, because the Bills are a young team with a lot of promise, especially on defense. Jauron is a very good defensive coach, and if management has a little more patience, I think he could turn the situation around. But it comes down to winning, and Jauron has yet to lead the Bills to a winning record since he took over in 2006. With that said, in a result oriented business, Jauron is likely out in Buffalo.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber's features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.


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