In the latest edition of the Buffalo Rumblings Podcast, John Boccacino and special guest Matt Warren, Editor-in-Chief of Buffalo Rumblings, discuss the upcoming NFL Supplemental Draft and whether the Bills should make a play for Western Michigan CB Sam Beal.
Warren, a lifelong Bills fan (favorite player? Thurman Thomas!) who started out his Rumblings career as an unpaid contributor before assuming the Editor-in-Chief job in 2017, discussed how he became a Bills fan as a seven-year-old, when the Bills were in the midst of making four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s. He also addressed the reasons why Rumblings resurrected this podcast.
When it comes to the Supplemental Draft, which takes place July 11, while there are four former college football standouts eligible for the draft, Beal is the one drawing the most buzz. All 32 NFL teams attended Beal’s pro day, as Beal is expected to be the highest supplemental draft pick since Josh Gordon went in the second round to the Cleveland Browns in 2012.
Last season, Beal recorded 26 tackles with two interceptions, ten pass deflections, and a forced fumble. For his Western Michigan career, Beal recorded 92 total tackles with two interceptions, 19 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
Beal, who was declared academically ineligible for this upcoming college football season, would provide valuable depth at cornerback behind the sensational Tre’Davious White and veteran Vontae Davis.
Beal is viewed as a cornerback that can play on the inside or outside in the NFL. White, last year’s runner-up Rookie of the Year, is locked in as one long-term option on the outside, but Davis, the team’s No. 2 CB, is only signed through the 2018 season.
The Bills have extra picks in the 2019 fourth and seventh rounds, giving them ammunition to select Beal in the upcoming Supplemental Draft.
The duo also analyze the recent shakeup at The Buffalo News, which recently lost half of its sports department, and talk about the important role journalists play in covering the Bills.
The News’ sports department had been veteran-laden, but after the first quarterly loss in more than 40 years, columnists Jerry Sullivan and Bucky Gleason accepted buyouts, as did deputy sports editor Bob DiCesare, and Buffalo Sabres’ beat reporter John Vogl. Tim Graham, who served as sports enterprise reporter.
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