ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 29: Andre Branch #40 of the Clemson Tigers tackles Preston Lyons #27 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Even after adding Mario Williams and Mark Anderson via free agency, the Buffalo Bills are still apparently interested in 2012 NFL Draft prospects at defensive end - enough to invite Clemson pass rusher Andre Branch in for a pre-draft visit, at any rate. Per The Buffalo News, Branch will be visiting with the Bills today and tomorrow.
Branch, a 6'4", 259-pound senior, was a two-year starter in the ACC, accumulating 25.5 tackles for a loss and 16.5 sacks in that time frame, including 17 and 10.5, respectively, as a senior. Scouts like his size, athleticism and production enough that some think he could be a first-round pick; most folks expect him to be off the board early in the second round, at the latest.
The Bills, as with any team, like to bring players in not just for workouts and to spend time with the player, but to get an updated physical exam in before the draft. The Bills have drafted a player from Clemson in each of the last two drafts, taking running back C.J. Spiller in 2010 and offensive tackle Chris Hairston in 2011.