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Report: Buffalo Bills to host BYU linebacker Fred Warner on pre-draft visit

The Bills have a need at linebacker.

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

The Buffalo Bills are looking to get younger and more athletic at linebacker. With that in mind, the team is planning on hosting BYU linebacker Fred Warner on a pre-draft visit according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News.

Warner would fit as an outside linebacker in Sean McDermott’s scheme and is one of the best coverage linebackers available in this year’s draft. At BYU, he also spent some time at safety and could fill a versatile role as a tweener in the team’s defense.

In 2017, Warner totaled 87 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and one sack. He also broke up five passes and forced a fumble. At the Combine he ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash ran the 60-yard shuttle in 11.77 seconds. His quick feet are what make him valuable.

Warner is projected as a late Day 2 or early Day 3 prospect.

NFL teams are allowed to bring 30 prospects to their home facility on a pre-draft visit.