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Scouting the Scouts II: Where have the Buffalo Bills scouts been spotted in October?

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Two-thirds through the college football season, what games have Bills scouts been attending?

We’re past the halfway point of the college football season, which means that it’s time to take another look at where the Buffalo Bills scouts have been packing up their shabby suitcases and driving their beat-up cars to go watch college football games. October has been an exciting month for college football, and there’s been quite a few high-level matchups to watch. As always, thanks to the few generous media members that tweet about such goings-on, as without them we wouldn’t have this information at our fingertips.


Washington-Oregon

October 13th

  • Oregon Ducks (QB Justin Herbert, OT/OG Calvin Throckmorton, OC Jake Hansen, DE Jalen Jelks, LB Troy Dye)
  • Washington Huskies (CB Byron Murphy, S JoJo McIntosh, S Taylor Rapp, TE Drew Sample, RB Myles Gaskin)

Grif’s take: Washington’s secondary is in a class all it’s own, but Throckmorton for Oregon is starting to gain some traction as a riser in scouting circles. He’s been keeping star quarterback Justin Herbert clean all season and has really demonstrated his versatility in seeing some snaps at center due to injury.


Arizona State-Stanford

October 18th

Grif’s take: It didn’t show it on the scoreboard, but scouting this game was all about the offensive talent. N’Keal Harry is a first- or second-round talent depending on how he tests, while Arcega-Whiteside has been a riser since the season started. Bryce Love, on the other hand, has been a faller due to an inability to stay healthy and a lack of production.


Alabama-Tennessee

October 20th

  • Alabama Crimson Tide (DT Quinnen Williams, DT Raekwon Davis, LB Mack Wilson, LB Christian Miller, OT/OG Jonah Williams, FS Deionte Thompson, RB Damien Harris)
  • Tennessee Volunteers (DE/LB Jonathan Kongbo)

Grif’s take: Alabama was the likely draw for this game, probably due to their overwhelming amount of defensive talent, but also their offensive line prospects. Sophomore Quinnen Williams has risen like a rocket this season and, if he declares, he could end up being a top-fifteen pick. Williams, Wilson and Thompson all look like first rounders at this stage as well.


Michigan-Michigan State

October 20th

Grif’s take: This is the second time the Bills have scouted the Wolverines, and their defensive talent is always the main draw, especially Gary and Bush. Michigan State running-back LJ Scott’s tough running style would be a fit for the Bills though.


Clemson-Florida State

October 27th

  • Clemson Tigers (CB Trayvon Mullen, DT Dexter Lawrence, DE Clelin Ferrell, DT Christian Wilkins, OT Mitch Hyatt)
  • Florida State Seminoles (DE Brian Burns, DT Demarcus Christmas, CB Lavonta Taylor)

Grif’s take: Clemson defensive line is perhaps the best in the nation, although it’s unlikely all of them are destined to be first-round picks as some are suggesting. FSU didn’t really put up a fight in this game or this season, but Brian Burns has been on a tear recently and is a draft riser.


Penn State-Iowa

October 27th

Top Prospects

Grif’s take: Who doesn’t love Iowa tight ends? Both Fans and Hockenson are starting caliber prospects at the position, with Fant having more upside as a receiver. Penn State’s Oruwariye appears to have a good sense for zone coverage responsibilities and has a nose for the football.