BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi has been impressing scouts with his combination of length and athleticism. From the sounds of it, the Buffalo Bills are among the teams whose interest in Kaufusi has been piqued.
Rotoworld's Josh Norris reported last week that Kaufusi would be visiting or working out with several teams during the pre-draft process, and one of those spots is in Buffalo. (It's not precisely clear if Kaufusi will be a pre-draft visitor or not.)
Lots of buzz around BYU DL Bronson Kaufusi (6'7/285 lbs, 82nd SPARQ%).— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 6, 2016
He is visiting/working out for DEN, GB, NYJ, ATL, IND, BUF, PIT & NE
As the measurable data shared by Norris suggests, Kaufusi is a huge defender who projects to be a strong-side edge rusher that would play a similar role to Mario Williams in Buffalo's defense. The SPARQ score mentioned above represents Kaufusi's general athleticism, and it's a good number. While Kaufusi wasn't particularly explosive for a defensive end, he had excellent three-cone drill and short shuttle times at the Combine, indicating impressive lateral agility.
Kaufusi is the son of BYU's defensive line coach, and as you'd expect, he plays with good technique and motivation. Having played at least part-time for the last four seasons, he accumulated 26 sacks, 43.5 tackles for loss, 12 passes defended, five forced fumbles, and two interceptions in his college career.
The major knock on Kaufusi is his age - as a player who has gone on a Mormon mission, he'll turn 25 during his rookie season in the NFL. Most projections have Kaufusi coming off the board on the second day of the draft.