The Buffalo Bills entire scouting department has been in Buffalo with the college football season over and in the past week they have been setting up their initial draft board for April. Also during this time they have shifted their focus from the Senior Bowl to the NFL's annual Scouting Combine.
From February 23 to March 1 more than 300 college prospects and all 32 NFL teams will descend on Indianapolis for days filled with workouts and some of the first formal interviews with draft-eligible players. Bills VP of College Scouting Tom Modrak spoke with BuffaloBills.com on Friday and had this to say about the Bills interview schedule which the team of scouts have been focusing on.
"Right now we’re setting up interviews for the Combine and we’re doing a lot of juniors in those interviews," said Modrak. "We’ll go back into the schools and visit with them there too. We make sure there will be ways that we get what we need from all of them in the allotted amount of time prior to the draft."
After spending an entire week at the Senior Bowl this is the first time since bowl games that scouting departments will get to put their eyes on these declared underclassmen. Each team gets a maximum of 60 formal interviews at the Combine and Buffalo spending the majority on juniors is no surprise after their close interaction with a number of seniors just a few weeks ago.