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Report: Albany State DL Grover Stewart visiting Bills

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The Bills are checking out a big lineman from a small school.

The Buffalo Bills are one of several teams bringing in defensive lineman Grover Stewart for a pre-draft visit, according to a report from draft insider Tony Pauline. While Pauline’s main writeup was unclear which type of workout the Bills were using, he later clarified on Twitter that this was a “top 30” pre-draft visit.

Stewart has caught the attention of teams in an otherwise lackluster defensive tackle class for his combination of speed and size. He stands six-foot-five and measured in at 334 pounds at his pro day, but also clocked a 5.06 forty yard dash and a 7.56 three cone drill at his pro day, which would both be above average numbers even for a 300 pounder.

While Stewart had 35 tackles for loss and 27 sacks during his 39 game career with Division II Albany State, he’ll probably have to adjust his expectations in the NFL. He has excellent power and does a good job of fighting the leverage battle despite his height, but his hand techniques are very underdeveloped. He has a swim move in progress but mainly relies on the bull rush at the moment. In the NFL, he’d probably be schemed at nose tackle or as a two-gap defensive end, where he could utilize his length and strength to collapse running plays.

Stewart makes the fifth reported pre-draft visitor for the Bills. The team is allowed to use up to 30 visits each offseason for college prospects.

Previously reported visitors:

Nate Hairston, CB, Temple

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Tim Williams, ER, Alabama

Derek Rivers, ER, Youngstown State