I've always enjoyed my couch scouting – and have enjoyed reading the articles and comments of other Rumblers here as well. I've also shared a lot of the frustrations of bills fans wondering out loud that “I think I could have drafted better the last 10 years,”
All the comparisons of Aaron Maybin to Von Miller got me thinking... are they really that similar? Should I join the please dont draft Von Miller bandwagon?
I decided to compare scouting reports between the two players. I bet you can't guess which profile belongs to which player! (I've changed the wording slightly to prevent cheating) The answer is below..
-Needs to get stronger in both his upper and lower body
-Explosive first step and burst
-Inconsistent in use of pass rushing moves
-Natural pass rush tools and quickness
-Outstanding body control
-Finds the ball quickly
-Struggles to hold at the point of attack
-Struggles to seperate from big tackles
-one of the most dynamic pass rushes in the draft
-explosive off the line
-instinctive pass rusher
-Speed rusher with nose for qb
-good burst and acceleration
-undersized – lacks ideal bulk
-does not anchor well against the run
-overreliant on speed and athleticism
So the 2nd one is Von Miller.... but I lied because the first one is actually a profile from DeMarcus Ware and not Aaron Maybin. Sure looks like a Maybin draft profile though doesnt it?
My point isn't to endorse Von Miller... just recognize that trying to project how a player will do in the NFL is extremely difficult. NFL scouts develop their entire lives to trying to hone their craft and still miss with regularity. In my opinion, there's really not much of a point in second guessing them (until I have the benefit of hindsight that is.)
Regardless of who the Bills draft I'll be excited, for at least temporarily I'll think “maybe we'll have a pass rush/can stop the run/can shut down a tight end” next year. Till then, I'll just enjoy reading all of our couch scouting.