With Gresham staying at Oklahoma and Ingram and Beckum coming off injuries, the Bills might want to take a look at some lesser known, but very athletic TE prospects.
Shawn Nelson, TE Southern Miss - 6'5" 240lbs
4 yr starter, avg'd 40 catches, 13 YPC and 4 touchdowns every year
from ESPN Scouts
|Overall Football Traits|
|Production||2||2004: Southern Miss red-shirts Nelson. 2005-06: Appeared in 25 games (23 starts) recording 71 catches for 1,046 yards and six touchdowns. 2007: Appeared in all 13 games (12 starts) accumulating 33 catches for 451 yards and five touchdowns|
|Height-Weight-Speed||3||Lean but has room on frame to add necessary bulk. Possesses above-average top-end speed.|
|Durability||2||A minor concern, as he played with a fractured hand and sprained ankle during the 2006 season|
|Tight End specific Traits|
|Ball Skills||2||A big target who is a natural pass catcher. Uses long arms to pluck the ball out of the air and doesn't have to break stride to haul it in. Does a nice job adjusting to balls thrown behind him, as he is able to open hips fluidly|
|Separation Skills||2||Gets good overall separation from defenders and can use big frame to shield defenders when doesn't. Avoids contact at line of scrimmage and generally gets a clean release. Does a nice job of creating leverage with an initial move and then sticking cuts against man coverage. Must show more awareness when trying to find the open area working against zone coverage.|
|Blocking||4||Does not have the size to match up in-line. Needs to get stronger in the upper body and get more push on defenders. A reliable blocker in space, though. Moves feet well and gets into proper position. Uses hands well and able to lock on and stay engaged with defenders. Takes good angles to second level can cut off linebackers|
|Toughness||3||Plays with good overall effort. Is willing to go over the middle and lay his body on the line to make reception. Showed willingness to play hurt during the 2006 season|
Clean release and good top-end speed allow him to stretch the middle of the field. Also is a very strong runner after the catch and can turn a catch underneath into a big gain
James Casey, Rice 6'4" 245lbs - 24 year old ex Pro Baseball player
2 year starter after enrolling in college as 22 year old freshman
2007 46 rec, 585 yds, 12.7 YPC, 4 TDs
2008 113 rec, 1329 yds, 12 YPC, 13 TDs - this is not a typo!!!
Granted, Casey played in a passing offense but look at some of the highlight film - a real athlete!
Both these guys have 61 yd longs and can be seam busters
I'd think Casey might go up to Rd 3 and Nelson is a 4th Rounder that would fill a drastic need on the Bills in 2009