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Bills Draft Picks: Tank Carder, Mark Asper, John Potter Scouting Reports

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Tank Carder, ILB, TCU, NFL Draft -
"TCU's aggressive 4-2-5 scheme asks Carder to attack gaps, taking himself out of plays, but his ability to close on the ballcarrier and make plays in coverage should earn him an early-round selection as a 4-3 strong-side linebacker or inside 'backer for a 3-4 team at the next level."

Mark Asper | Oregon, OG : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile
"Massive road grader who played mostly right guard his senior year on one of nation's top offenses, Bills see him as backup center." He's their No. 31 guard and No. 590 overall.

John Potter | Western Michigan, K : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile
Rated as the No. 16 kicker and No. 999 overall prospect. He cracked the Top 1,000!

Transcript: GM Buddy Nix Recaps the 2012 Draft -
Buddy Nix talks about Day 3 of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Bills bolster depth on final day of NFL draft -
John Wawrow of the Associated Press writes about the final day of the Bills draft.

Bills Roundup: More Depth Added on Day 3 -
Chris Brown wraps up Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

Bills meet needs with selections - The Buffalo News
"We were able to fill every one that we set out to fill," said Bills General Manager Buddy Nix after Saturday's final four rounds of selections were finished. "We wanted two corners, two tackles. We wanted a wide receiver. We wanted two linebackers, and we were able to get those guys. We got bigger and we got faster. I just hope it was in the right spots, and I think it was."

Video: Sully, Gaughan discuss Bills' Day Three picks - The Buffalo News
"News Sports Reporter Mark Gaughan and Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan break down the Bills' draft following Saturday's fourth through seventh rounds:"

Bills Draft Picks 2012: Rookie Season Expectations And Roles - Buffalo Rumblings
"What should you expect from each of the nine newest Bills during the 2012 season? That's what we're striving to answer for you right now."

LB Tank Carder - Round 5
Tank Carder NFL Draft prospect notes - Mocking The Draft

"Is perhaps the best pure tackler in the nation. When Carder is on a ball carrier, the play is typically over. He's a good form tackler and doesn't stop until the play is over. " - From last July prior to his senior season.

NFL Videos: 2012 Combine workout: Tank Carder
"01:38 – TCU linebacker Tank Carder goes through workouts at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine."

Saints, Raiders, others find good value with late draft picks -
"7. Tank Carder, LB, Buffalo (147th). Carder, of TCU, is an instinctive three-down player who can become a starter for the Bills, giving them a linebacker with much-needed speed and athletic skills."

Tank Carder | Draft Breakdown
He's listed as their 19th outside linebacker. There are a couple game films to watch, though.

Tank Carder | TCU, ILB : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile
Labeled their 164th overall prospect: "Colorful, tough athlete, very instinctive, stock rose with good workouts. Depth candidate who can play every linebacker spot."

New Era Scouting – 4-3 Outside Linebacker
194th overall and 22nd OLB prospect, Carder's combine results can be found here.

Tank Carder, T.C.U., NFL Draft -
College stats are available for Carder, who is listed as a late round pick.

2012 NFL Draft Rankings- Outside Linebackers - NFL Draft Geek
Carder is the 11th outside linebacker and he is in tier 3 of their prospects. Essentially, he's a guy that should be drafted.

Tank Carder Scouting Report - FF Toolbox
"The big red flag is whether or not he can keep up with backs coming out of the backfield and tight ends. Carder is consider too undersized to play inside linebacker and too slow to play outside. There is a lot to like about his intangibles though so there will certainly be teams that appreciate his talents." Tank Carder 2012 NFL Draft Diary
" is proud to introduce our 2012 NFL Draft Diary with TCU linebacker Tank Carder. Throughout the draft process, Tank will be sharing his experience with the readers of Tank will hit on the East-West Shrine Game experience, team interviews, the NFL Scouting Combine, his pro day, pre-draft visits, and of course, his draft day experience." Lots of good stuff.

Bills add second OT and LB in round 5 -
"Buddy Nix said he would like to add two offensive tackles during this draft and he did just that by adding Florida State tackle Zebrie Sanders in round five. The Bills followed this pick up by selecting linebacker Tank Carder from TCU just three picks later with their second fifth round selection. Sanders and Carder both add depth to two positions of need for Buffalo heading into the draft."

Transcript: Shawn Heinlen on Tank Carder -
One Bills scout's take on Carder, who Buffalo picked up late in the draft.

Transcript: Tank Carder Conference Call -
Nice little interview with Carder.

Storied past just part of Carder's tale - The Buffalo News
"Drafted by the Bills? Doesn't that belong a ways down the page from "Walked Again," which Carder was told he might never do after he suffered a broken back, a punctured lung and diaphragm to go with seven fractured ribs in a seventh-grade auto accident? "

2012 NFL Draft Results: Buffalo Bills Select LB Tank Carder - Buffalo Rumblings
"A middle linebacker for one of the nation's best defenses, Carder is considered a potential candidate to play multiple linebacker positions as a pro. He's a solid and experienced depth grab for the linebacker-needy Bills, and enters the league coming off of a career in which he amassed 228 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss and four interceptions."

OG Mark Asper - Round 6
Oregon offensive lineman Mark Asper saves Duck fan from choking | The Register-Guard

"Mark Asper, the Ducks’ 6-foot-7, 325-pound senior offensive lineman, performed the Heimlich Maneuver to save a man who was choking on the signature beef at Lawry’s The Prime Rib during the annual Beef Bowl on Wednesday evening, saying the Eagle Scout skills he learned as a kid kicked in when needed."

NFL Videos: 2012 Combine workout: Mark Asper
"00:39 – Watch Oregon offensive lineman Mark Asper perform at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. "

Mark Asper, Oregon, NFL Draft -
He's their 24th guard and labeled a late round or FA pick.

Mark Asper, OG, Oregon, NFL Draft - -
"But it's his versatility with the ability to back up multiple positions along the offensive line that will earn him a strong shot at earning a roster spot in the NFL."

OL Asper is Bills 6th round addition -
"Buffalo added to their offensive line a third time in the 2012 NFL draft come round six. The Bills took Oregon OL Mark Asper. The scouting department likely found Asper’s versatility attractive as offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris always looks to drill his linemen in several different positions during the season in practice."

Transcript: Mark Asper Conference Call -
Asper has played all five line positions and sees his versatility as a plus.

2012 NFL Draft Results: Buffalo Bills Select OL Mark Asper - Buffalo Rumblings
"Many considered Asper a right tackle prospect thanks to his size, while many others considered him a guard prospect, and the Bills have since confirmed that Asper is likely to serve as competitive depth at either of those two positions. He does, however, have experience in the pivot, where the Bills had problems a year ago, using four different players at the position."

K John Potter - Round 7
Believe it or not, it's hard to find a draft site who cares to post about kickers they expect to be undrafted.

Kickoff specialist caps Bills draft class -
"This guy is a kickoff guy he kicked through the uprights kicking off and if you can make, or kick the ball in the end zone and make them start on the 20 it gives you a much better chance defensively. Then it will be up to Chan to figure out a spot to get him in the 46, so he is active, but if he can consistently kick it in the end zone than he is worth that seventh pick."

Transcript: John Potter Teleconference -
The strong-legged kicker was the last to talk to Bills media.

2012 NFL Draft Results: Buffalo Bills Select K John Potter - Buffalo Rumblings
"It's not a mirage, friends. The Bills drafted a kicker. They haven't done that since 1988, when they made West Carolina kicker Kirk Roach a fifth-round pick. The GM that season? Bill Polian. Clearly, the Bills are back on track to four straight Super Bowl appearances making this pick. It's not fate. It's science."