The 2018 college football season is well underway which means that NFL general managers and scouts have been hitting the road to watch prospects play live. Thanks to a few generous media members, fans are able to get an idea of what games certain NFL teams are sending their scouts to on Saturdays. As one would expect, the Buffalo Bills scouts have been attending some of the biggest games in college football. So, what players or positions might the team be scouting? Find out below.
- Oklahoma (WR Marquise Brown, RB Rodney Anderson, OT Bobby Evans, OG Dru Samia)
- UCLA (ER Jaelan Phillips, TE Caleb Wilson, OG Michael Alves)
Grif’s take: Oklahoma’s offensive skill positions was likely the main draw, as Marquise Brown and Rodney Anderson are among the best at their position in the nation, but UCLA’s Caleb Wilson is also considered to be among the five draft-eligible tight ends.
- LSU Tigers (LB Devin White, CB Greedy Williams, OG Garrett Brumfield, TE Foster Moreau)
- Auburn Tigers (QB Jarrett Stidham, DT Derrick Brown, CB Javaris Davis, WR Darius Slayton)
Grif’s take: The defensive talent in this game was unrivaled. LSU’s White and Williams are first-round locks and analysts are very high on Brown for Auburn. Brumfield was dealing with an injured knee during the game, but he is a very exciting prospect at a position of need for the Bills.
University at Buffalo-Rutgers
- UB Bulls (QB Tyree Jackson, WR Anthony Johnson, LB Khalil Hodge, DE Charles Harris)
- Rutgers Scarlet Knights (OT Tariq Cole, CB Blessuan Austin, CB Isaiah Wharton)
Grif’s take: Not sure why the scouts traveled all the way to Jersey when they could take a short drive to UB Stadium during any other game, but seeing UB talent take on a Big Ten team was likely appealing. Johnson and Hodge were the best prospects on the field, but the two cornerbacks for Rutgers are solid lower-round talents.
- Georgia Bulldogs (CB Deandre Baker, S J.R. Reed, DE Jonathan Ledbetter, OLB D’Andre Walker, WR Mecole Hardman)
- Missouri Tigers (QB Drew Lock, DT Terry Beckner, TE Albert Okwuegbunam, WR Joseph Hall)
Grif’s take: The Georgia defenders listed are all high-level prospects, Missouri’s talent has spent the year raising their draft stock all season. Okwuegbunam actually led both teams with 9 catches for 81 yards.
- Michigan Wolverines (DT/DE Rashan Gary, DE Chase Winovich, LB Devin Bush, CB Lavert Hill, S Khaleke Hudson)
- Nebraska Cornhuskers (WR Stanley Morgan, DT Carlos Davis, CB Eric Lee)
Grif’s take: Again, it was the defensive talent, specifically Michigan’s, that likely drew the Bills’ scouts. Gary has first-round stock, even if Michigan isn’t using him correctly. After adding some weight, Bush looks like a solid NFL starter.