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.
- 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 Sun Devils (WR N’Keal Harry)
- Stanford Cardinal (WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside, TE Kaden Smith, RB Bryce Love, CB Alijah Holder, OLB Joseph Alfieri, G Brandon Fanaika)
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 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 Wolverines (DT/DE Rashan Gary, DE Chase Winovich, LB Devin Bush, CB Lavert Hill, S Khaleke Hudson)
- Michigan State Spartans (RB LJ Scott, WR Felton Davis, DE Kenny Willekes)
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 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 Nittany Lions (CB Amani Oruwariye, WR Juwan Johnson, OG Ryan Bates)
- Iowa Hawkeyes (TE Noah Fant, DE Anthony Nelson, TE TJ Hockenson)
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.