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Scouting the scouting reports: Moats, Batten, Brown, Calloway

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

This is part four of our multi-part series taking a look around the internet to see what people said about the newest Buffalo Bills before they were drafted. We continue the series with sixth-round selections LB Arthur Moats and LB Danny Batten and seventh-round picks QB Levi Brown and OT Kyle Calloway. Previous Installments: C.J. Spiller; Torell Troup and Alex Carrington; Marcus Easley and Ed Wang.

Where applicable, I have copied part of the report summaries and provided a link. I've also included quotes from Bills staff members on each player.

Arthur Moats
Arthur Moats, James Madison, NFL Draft - -
"The 2009 Buck Buchanan Award winner (best defender in the FCS) and Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year is another undersized defensive end looking to transition to linebacker at the next level. His athleticism and quickness during the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge and good marks in agility testing at the Scouting Combine showed scouts he could hold his own against prospects from larger schools." Much more... 2010 NFL Draft: Defensive End Rankings
"Projected as a nickel rusher in the NFL, Danny Batten notched 17 TFL and nine sacks as a senior." Batten was the 19th ranked DE. 2010 NFL Draft: 3-4 Rush Linebacker Rankings
Arthur Moats was the 14th ranked 3-4 OLB. "A Division 1-AA First Team All-American, Arthur Moats recorded 23.5 TFL and 11 sacks as a senior."

Arthur Moats | James Madison Scouting Report - 2010 NFL Draft Prospect
Moats is the 18th ranked OLB.

Scouting Report - Arthur Moats DE James Madison
Measureables on Moats.

2010 NFL Draft Rankings- DE/OLB - NFL Draft Geek
Moats was the 26th ranked OLB

LB Moats a decorated player -
"Arthur Moats, a defensive end/linebacker at James Madison, who projects to a linebacker in Buffalo’s 3-4 system, was selected by the Bills in the sixth round (178th overall) out of James Madison University."

Moats was Def. POY – Inside The Bills
"Buffalo’s first sixth-round pick LB Arthur Moats was the Defensive Player of the Year in the FCS (Bowl Subdivision). Moats was the winner of the Buck Buchanan Award as he led the FCS with 23.5 tackles for loss last season."

Draft Day Steals : Photo Gallery
Arthur Moats, Levi Brown, and Marcus Easley make Adam Caplan's top five list of Draft Day steals. You heard that right - three of the five are all Bills.

Moats' award has promising history -
Arthur Moats was the 2009 recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the Football Championship Subdivision Defensive Player of the Year. Past winners include Dexter Coakley, Rashean Mathis, and Jared Allen. Another Bills draft pick, Danny Batten, finished third in voting to Moats.

Moats cool with moving inside – Inside The Bills
"Part of the reason the Bills plan to move Moats inside is because 3-4 teams like to have taller and longer players on the outside. At 6 feet even Moats doesn’t have the prototypical height for OLB in a 3-4."

Danny Batten: "I'm Not Going To Let Them Cut Me." - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"My main asset is how hard I play and my non-stop motor. I love hitting people, I'll go and hit people as their falling to the ground. If I'm on the field as a defensive player and I'm not making a tackle, I failed on that play. I'm gonna play as hard as I can, as fast as I can, and as mean as I can on every single play."

Press Conference Comments:

  • "We'll play Moats inside (linebacker) and we'll play Batten outside (linebacker) and they are both guys that you got to think look at their size and their speed and toughness and their intelligence and say they can make that move and we feel like they both have that quality to be able to do that, even though Batten played inside linebacker in the Texas vs. Nation game, we feel like he's better suited as an outside guy, he's taller, he's got the range to be at that spot better than Arthur does." - Chan Gailey

Danny Batten
Danny Batten, South Dakota State, NFL Draft - -
"Batten's work ethic, versatility, strength and hustle endear him to NFL teams looking for guys willing to make plays on special teams and, potentially, get involved on offense or defense as they adjust to the speed of the game. He'll be a solid player likely to stick in the league for some time." Much more...

Danny Batten | South Dakota State Scouting Report - 2010 NFL Draft Prospect
Batten was the 23rd ranked OLB.

New Era Scouting " 3-4 Outside Linebacker
Batten is the 17th ranked OLB.

2010 NFL Draft Rankings- Defensive Ends
Batten was the 26th ranked DE candidate.

Small school LB Batten is a thumper -
"Danny Batten played with his hand on the ground as a defensive end for the Jackrabbits and racked up numbers that showed just how dominant he was. As a senior he had 85 tackles (17 for loss) and nine sacks coming off a 2008 season where he had similar numbers including eight sacks."

Batten ready to build NFL career brick by brick -
Batten's rental car door blew shut when he was traveling to the Texas vs. the Nation postseason game. He bashed open the window with a brick so he could make it on time after exhausting his other options.

Levi Brown
Levi Brown, Troy, NFL Draft - -
"Brown's size and production is certainly enough to intrigue teams in the later rounds, especially considering the relative weakness of the 2010 quarterback crop. He'll need time to develop, as much of his production at Troy was influenced by the spread offense and the number of passes Brown attempted. Only three quarterbacks attempted more passes than the 504 Brown threw in 2009." Much more...

Levi Brown | Troy Scouting Report - 2010 NFL Draft Prospect
Brown is the 11th ranked QB.

New Era Scouting " Quarterback
Levi Brown was the 13th ranked QB.

Scouting Report - Levi Brown QB Troy - Draft Board Insider
Brown was the 19th ranked QB. Here are his combine measurables

2010 NFL Draft Rankings- Quarterbacks - NFL Draft Geek
Brown is the 10th ranked QB. 2010 NFL Draft: Quarterback Rankings
"Levi Brown has nice size, but he's yet another product of a goofy college offense." He was the 16th ranked QB.

Levi Brown was Bills mark at QB
"We looked extensively at him," said head coach Chan Gailey. "He has a very good arm, he throws a tight spiral, he played in a wide open offense so he had an opportunity to throw the ball a great deal. He has excellent size and has enough mobility. When we visited with him in our room in Indianapolis he came across as a very intelligent guy. He was a good looking young prospect to us."

QB Brown to compete – Inside The Bills
'Gailey said Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Brohm and Brown are the four quarterbacks that they’ll in all likelihood go into the season with in 2010. "I would anticipate that yes," said Gailey. "More than likely I would think that."'

Mayock likes QB Brown – Inside The Bills
"Mayock feels Brown can come in as a backup as a rookie with the potential to be more than that down the line. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had Brown as his sixth best QB prospect, but 10 QBs were drafted ahead of him."

Troy Trojans quarterback Levi Brown takes long road to NFL scouting combine - ESPN
"Troy quarterback Levi Brown knows he's a long shot at the NFL scouting combine. But he's hoping to make the most of his opportunity." This profile is from around the Combine.

Bills Fans, Meet Jacob - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia evaluates Levi Brown's journey to the Bills as well as his anticipated role with the team.

Breaking down the best and worst of each team's 2010 NFL draft class - Ross Tucker -
Breaking down the best and worst of each team's selections from the 2010 NFL draft - Levi Brown, C.J. Spiller respectively.

Sunday at the Post | National Football Post
"They feel Levi Brown (seventh round) can compete for a starting job at quarterback, but I strongly doubt his arm can handle the elements in Buffalo. His arm is weak, and he never seems to throw a tight spiral, so this will be interesting."

Levi Brown Conference Call Transcript - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Levi Brown spoke to the Buffalo media after his selection.

Press Conference Comments:

  • "If you look at Levi (Brown), which we looked extensively at him, he has a very good arm. He throws a tight spiral. He played in a wide open offense so he had an opportunity to throw the ball a great deal. He's got excellent size to go along with it and has enough mobility. I wouldn't call him a runner but he has enough mobility to be able escape the rush and do a little bit on his own with his legs. And he's a very intelligent guy. We visited with him and had him in our room in Indianapolis. We had targeted him previously as a guy we wanted to visit with. He was a good looking young prospect to us." - Chan Gailey
  • "Yeah, I see his accuracy as a strength. He didn't make some throws that he's going to have to make here. The deep outs. He made it a few times but that wasn't something he majored in. He hit a bunch of seams and a bunch of quicker throws. He threw the ball deep down the sidelines. But the deep outs they just didn't incorporate it. So you can't penalize him for that but you saw enough arm strength that you know he can." - Gailey
  • "We do think he's an intelligent player. In our interview process we found that to be true. He handles himself very well talking about the game and it looked like it on film. It looked like he knew what he was doing." - Gailey

Kyle Calloway
2010 NFL Draft: Offensive tackles - Mocking The Draft
"Calloway is a natural right tackle who has also seen time on the left side. He's big and physical at the point of attack and can neutralize bull rushing ends. He's a poor man's Phil Loadholt in that he's a very good run blocker but has athleticism issues in pass blocking." Ranked higher than Ed Wang, Calloway is slotted at number 11. 2010 NFL Draft: Offensive Tackle Rankings
"Earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention. A solid right tackle prospect whose DUI shouldn't be a concern because he was riding a moped at the time." 13th ranked OT with a 3-4 round grade.

Kyle Calloway Scouting Report - 2010 NFL Draft Prospect -
"Kyle Calloway, like teammate Bryan Bulaga, is another rock solid Iowa offensive linemen. Calloway won't be as highly talked about because right tackle isn't as glamorous as the left side, but he is one of the more technically sound linemen available this year." Projected as a late second-rounder. Much more...

Kyle Calloway, Iowa, NFL Draft - -
"Although he's not the elite prospect that Gallery, Steinbach or Verba were, Calloway's length, strength, footwork and technique give him a chance for a long pro career -- no matter where he's placed on the line." Projected as a top three round pick. Much more...

Kyle Calloway | Iowa Scouting Report - 2010 NFL Draft Prospect
13th ranked OT. Labeled a "mid-rounder".

New Era Scouting " Offensive Tackle
Calloway is the 14th ranked OT, one spot ahead of Ed Wang.

Scouting Report - Kyle Calloway OT Iowa
Calloway is the 12th ranked OT.

2010 NFL Draft Rankings- Offensive Tackles - NFL Draft Geek
Calloway is the 10th ranked OT, ten spots ahead of Ed Wang.

OL Kyle Calloway pegged to move inside -
"We’re probably going to play him at guard," said head coach Chan Gailey. "We see him more as a guard for us. He’s more suited to the tighter spaces than he is out on the edge. He’s a big human and he can stand there and clog up a lot. He moves better and looks like he’s going to fit better in tighter quarters."

Press Conference Comments:

  • "We are probably going to play him at guard. We see him more at the guard position for us, he's more suited for the tighter spaces than he is out on the edge. He's a big human and he can stand there and clog up a line, but he moves better and looks like he's going to fit better in tighter quarters than out on an edge." - Chan Gailey