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Report: Buffalo Bills hosting LB Shaq Quarterman on pre-draft visit

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It’s the first known pre-draft visitor of 2020.

The Buffalo Bills are hosting Miami linebacker Shaquille Quarterman on a private pre-draft visit, per Justin Melo of USA Today’s Draft Wire. Quarterman represents the first of 30 annual private visits the Bills are allowed to conduct as part of the NFL Draft process in 2020.

Quarterman has a trivia connection with the Bills: When he became Miami’s starting middle linebacker as a freshman, he became the first in that role since Dan Morgan, now Buffalo’s Director of Player Personnel. He never looked back from that point, starting 52 games over four seasons with the Hurricanes. Quarterman’s main calling card is his determination as a tackler—he notched 356 career tackles in four seasons, 46.5 of them behind the line of scrimmage. Quarterman also recorded 13 passes defended, an interception, and two forced fumbles in his college career.

As an NFL prospect, Quarterman doesn’t fit with every NFL team’s template. At 6’0” and 234 lbs, he’s a bit too small to play middle linebacker—though he could potentially work for the Bills, who had 6’1”, 230-lb Julian Stanford backing up Tremaine Edmunds last year. At the Combine, he ran 4.74 in the 40, had a 120” broad jump, a 31” vertical, and 23 bench-press reps; all solid numbers with NFL-caliber athleticism, but nothing exceptional.

The Bills have two locked-in starters at linebacker: Edmunds and Matt Milano (though Milano, in the final year of his rookie deal, needs a new contract soon). Though Lorenzo Alexander retired, the team has a few backups waiting in the wings already: Corey Thompson, Vosean Joseph, Tyrell Dodson, and Del’Shawn Phillips. But maybe the Bills want the leadership, experience, and effort that Quarterman brought to his Miami squad.