This morning, we take a closer look at the Buffalo Bills' fourth-round selections, North Carolina SS Da'Norris Searcy and Clemson OT Chris Hairston, by examining the top scouting reports compiled during the draft process.
Da’Norris Searcy, North Carolina - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Searcy is the second strong safety on the board and No. 105 overall. "An instinctive player with good overall athleticism, Searcy's quick feet and fluidity could make him a free safety in the pros if he answers questions about his deep speed in workouts."
Chris Hairston NFL Draft Scouting Report - Mocking The Draft
Hairston is the 15th ranked OT on their board. "I have Hairston as one of my sleeper picks of the 2011 NFL Draft. I feel that he has the ability to develop into a solid right tackle. He is going to slide a little in the draft because he lacks versatility and looks to be a right tackle only. He doesn't have the foot speed to hold up on the left side and is too long to be an effective guard."
Fourth Round - Da'Norris Searcy
2011 NFL Draft strong safety rankings - Mocking The Draft
Da'Norris Searcy is the sixth-ranked strong safety.
Da’Norris Searcy, North Carolina, NFL Draft - DraftCountdown.com
The 13th-ranked safety on the board, they call him a "late round/FA" prospect.
National Football League: NFL Draft 2011 - Da'Norris Searcy - NFL.com
"Searcy is an effective safety in coverage, but he is not aggressive enough in run support to contribute at the next level. He has enough range to be a center fielder and shows the ability make plays when the ball is in the air. He also has experience as a nickel back over the slot, but he lacks the hip fluidity to stick with NFL receivers in man coverage."
Da'Norris Searcy, SS, North Carolina Scouting Report - FF Toolbox
"Searcy is pretty much stuck between the strong safety and the free safety position. He is not the big, physical player that most NFL teams want in a strong safety, nor does he have the range and quickness that many free safeties have in this class. He does have great instincts and knows how to play the game."
Scouting Report - Da'Norris Searcy S North Carolina - Draft Board Insider
Searcy's predraft numbers. Draft Board Insider stopped ranking safeties at 13. Searcy came after that.
Sideline Scouting - Da'Norris Searcy Scouting Report
The 11th safety on their board, this provides a good overview of his faults and strengths.
Draft Breakdown — Safeties
Searcy is the third-ranked strong safety.
2010 NFL Draft Rankings- Safeties
Searcy is the 15th safety and in their third tier of prospects.
Fourth Round - Chris Hairston
Chris Hairston, Clemson, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
17th positionally and 197th overall, this report is less than stellar. "Hairston, a two-time All-ACC left tackle, has the frame and quick feet to develop, but is in need of a quality personal trainer who can redistribute his body mass to help him play lower and with better technique. Without better knee-bend, Hairston projects to struggle at the next level."
Chris Hairston, Clemson, NFL Draft - DraftCountdown.com
He's the 15th-ranked OT on their board labeled a "mid-rounder."
National Football League: NFL Draft 2011 - Chris Hairston - NFL.com
"Hairston has the natural size, strength and adequate athleticism necessary to develop into a starting right tackle in the NFL. Exhibits the awareness needed at the next level."
Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson Scouting Report - FF Toolbox
"Hairston is a very smart player. He may not be the most physically dominating offensive lineman in this class, but he rarely makes mental mistakes. Hairston has the strength to be a solid right tackle in the NFL, but teams will have to take a close look at his footwork before they use a second or third round selection on him."
Scouting Report - Chris Hairston OT Clemson - Draft Board Insider
DBI's eighth-ranked OT.
Sideline Scouting - Chris Hairston Scouting Report
The 10th OT prospect ranked, here's a nice breakdown of his strengths and weaknesses.
WalterFootball.com: 2011 NFL Draft: Offensive Tackle Rankings
Hairston is the 13th OT prospect.
Draft Breakdown — Offensive Tackles
Hairston is not among the Top 20 OTs for what it's worth.
2010 NFL Draft Rankings- Offensive Tackles
Hairston is among tier three and is the 13th overall OT prospect.