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Prospects: Defensive Ends

Been a while since I did my last prospects, this time I'm going for the position that's most needed on our team... The Pass Rusher. This is one of the deepest classes in the draft so even if I wouldn't mind us taking one at the number ten spot I would rather us take a WR or Tackle and get a DE in the middle rounds (2nd-4th)

1. Melvin Ingram 6-1 276: Very athletic and if we ran a 34 would get moved to outside linebacker. Versatility is key here. had 8.5 sacks last year. Was originally recruited as a linebacker coming out of high school. Has great pass rush moves and can hold his own against lineman in terms of strength. He doesn't have elite quickness but has a satisfactory amount. Is a great run defender and does a good job of splitting the double team. Slow of the line but has enough strength to recover. usually the last man of the LOS. Does a good job of getting underneath pad level. Needs to tackle better, relies to much on his strength and pop to beat lineman. That wont work in the NFL. No character problems. A little short. With a little more coaching up he can be a great pass rusher. Will probably be a 10 -20 pick in the draft.

2. Quinton Coples 6-6 284: Not a big fan of this guy, but talent is there. Has a great rip move and knows how to use his frame to beat O-lineman. Might not have the moves to play RDE. Comes up a little to high off the snap, but recovers easily. Has great explosion off the line. Even though he doesn't have the best moves he can simply bull rush opponents. Is a great Tackler and uses his long arms to drag down ball carriers. Has work ethic issues which is why he's number 2 on this list. Would probably play LDE in our scheme because of his balanced abilities of run defending and pass rushing. Could be the next Albert Haynesworth or the next Julius Peppers. Will probably be a top 15 pick because a team will take a chance on him.

3. Nick Perry 6-3 271: Has a great Motor and good quickness in space. He can be swallowed up by blockers sometimes. Does a good job attracting holding penalties and does a nice job of gaining leverage on blockers. Decent run defender. Doesn't have good strength and struggles to get off blockers sometimes. Nice discipline and always stays at his assignment. Needs to show better conditioning and might be better off as a stand up 34 outside linebacker. All and all he can be a game changer, but needs some work. probaly a top 30 pick.

4. Whitney Mercilus 6-4 261: Was only a two star recruit coming out of high school. Needs to address questions about him being a one year wonder. Has a great motor and is relentless coming of the line. plays a little high but that can be attributed to his violent style of play which also attributes to him not really worrying about his technique. Bad run defender. struggles to shed blocks consistently. Has a great first step. Had 9 forced fumbles last year, 2nd in NCAA history. Lacks Ideal frame for a DE. Is very physical. Led the nation in sacks with 16. Might be a one year wonder. Could be the next He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named (first name starts with A last name starts with M) or the next Aldon Smith. I see him going in the top 32.

5t Andre Branch 6-4 259: Inconsistent burst off the line of scrimmage. Needs to have a better repertoire of pass rush moves to fit his natural tools. Great closing speed for a DE. Need to defend the run better. Comes out high off the line of scrimmage and relies to much on his arm length. Need to work on exploding into the defender. Has just enough strength to sometimes set the edge but might need to add 10 more pounds to his frame to be a 4 down DE. Need to be more consistent in defending the run. Needs to wrap up better, but has intriguing natural athleticism here. Has great potential but is very raw. I see him going anywhere in the second round.

5t Vinny Curry 6-3 266: A very relentless pass rusher of the line and plays with a violent attitude. Plays somewhat out of control and can lose balance sometimes. Does not shed off blockers well. Is a good container and does a good job fighting the offense to get to the ball carrier. Wont beat you with his speed. Holds an anchor at the point of attack and is difficult to move. Gives great effort no matter what the situation. Very positive attitude and is a team leader. If he bulked up could maybe even play the 5 tech. I see him going from the 25th pick to the 50th pick. Buffalo second round draft pick? I think so ;)

Well, there's my amateur analysis comment on who you think the Bills will take!

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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