We've already heard that Buffalo Bills scouts - along with scouts from every other NFL team - will be at Thursday night's matchup between Florida State and North Carolina State this evening, courtesy of Chris Steuber. Now, Steuber informs us that the Bills will have scouts another game: Saturday's matchup between UCLA and Arizona at the Rose Bowl.
The best 2011 NFL Draft prospect on the field in that game? That'd be UCLA junior linebacker Akeem Ayers, who is arguably the best draft eligible 3-4 linebacker prospect in the nation. A supremely athletic player, the 6'4", 255-pound Ayers has put up 41 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions through UCLA's first seven games this season. For his career, Ayers has 11 total sacks and six interceptions; while his production is solid, it's his upside that has scouts intrigued. He is capable of playing outside or inside in a 34 alignment, which is only serving to increase his already lofty prospect status.
If the Bills are lucky, they'll also be able to check out Arizona junior quarterback Nick Foles in a live setting. The 6'5", 245-pound Foles has thrown for 1,600 yards (on 75.3% completions) with nine touchdowns and five interceptions while leading the Wildcats to a 4-1 record in games he's finished. Foles, however, was knocked out of Arizona's win over Washington State, and missed last weekend's win over Jake Locker and Washington with a sprained knee. He is questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Bruins.
Two other highly-touted prospects that could interest the Bills include UCLA junior safety Rahim Moore, and two Arizona defensive ends, seniors Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed.