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2016 Draft Series: Kevin Hogan's smarts, Jarran Reed's Bills visit, Wendall Williams' 4.19

Just finished up the position-by-position, pre-draft series at the BN Blitz Blog. Miss a story? Here are the features at each position, from conversations with Wendall Williams about his 4.19 to Jarran Reed and his memorable visit with the Bills to Kevin Hogan and why he believes he's different than all other quarterbacks in the draft...

 

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Kevin Hogan #8 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after Remound Wright #22 of the Stanford Cardinal ran in for a touchdown in the second half against the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Quarterback: Cerebral, tested Kevin Hogan could be the best fit for the Buffalo Bills

  • Spread offenses are multiplying across college football landscape, but Hogan managed a huddle and called audibles on the line.
  • Father's death provided perspective.
  • Worked with John Ramsdell, Philip Rivers' former QB coach, to fix mechanical flaws.

 

during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cornerback: NC State's Juston Burris and Samford's James Bradberry embrace the one-on-one challenge

  • Rex Ryan wants his cornerbacks to handle their business one on one.
  • Burris allowed only 34.1 passes thrown his way to be completed.
  • Bradberry comes from a pro-ready Samford secondary that uses schemes similar to the Seattle Seahawks.

 

IOWA CITY, IA - AUGUST 30: Running back Mark Weisman #45 of the Iowa Hawkeyes rushes up field during the fourth quarter in front of defensive back Deiondre' Hall #1 of the Northern Iowa Panthers on August 30, 2014 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Safety: Deiondre' Hall and the hunt for playmakers is on for Bills, all NFL teams

  • Long, lanky Hall (34 3/8-inch arms) brings a build unlike any other safety.
  • Great pedigree. Comes from a family full of athletes.
  • Playmaker who was in the right place at the right time.

 

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 20: Eric Striker #19 of the Oklahoma Sooners plays against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game on September 20, 2014 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Eric Striker

Linebacker: Oklahoma's take-charge Eric Striker is the Most Interesting Linebacker in the draft

  • Spoke out against racism on OU campus, rallied teammates to take a stand.
  • Used as a "Magic Man" in the defense, lining up everywhere.
  • Born leader who says he admires how Ronald Reagan, FDR and Donald Trump appeal to the masses.

 

FORT COLLINS, CO - OCTOBER 10: Kamalei Correa #8 of the Boise State Broncos warms up prior to facing the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Rams 41-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Edge rusher: Why Boise State's Kamalei Correa makes sense for the Bills, Rex's defense

  • Very productive meeting with the Bills at the Combine.
  • Tenacious pass rusher who racked up sacks, forced fumbles at Boise State
  • Likens his game to Clay Matthews, sees personality as a fit with Rex Ryan.

 

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 06: Jarran Reed #90 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a stop against the Missouri Tigers in the first quarter of the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 6, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

 

Defensive line: Jarran Reed on his Bills visit: "If I came in... we'd be unstoppable"

  • Needed to cancel his visit to Buffalo due to birth of child so the Bills visited him which Reed said was "beyond measures I can't explain."
  • Has known D-Line coach John Blake for a long time, back to NC football camp.
  • A violent finisher who is probably the best run defender in the draft up front.

 

during their game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on October 23, 2014 in Greenville, North Carolina.

Tight end: ECU's Bryce Williams at center of the search for the complete tight end

  • Proven pass catcher at East Carolina, who excelled downfield.
  • Walked on at two different programs.
  • Questions about Williams' blocking; may need to do more in-line blocking in pros.

 

at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Offensive line: Baylor G Spencer Drango overcame dyslexia on road to NFL Draft

  • Worked overtime as a kid, taking classes before/after school, to combat dyslexia.
  • Became a sharp student of the game and mauler in trenches.
  • Has family, friends in Buffalo, NY.

 

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11: Kenyan Drake #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide returns a kickoff for a 95 yards touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Running back: Alabama's Kenyan Drake is a highlight waiting to happen

  • Arguably the most dynamic offensive weapon in the draft.
  • Injuries stunted his collegiate career.
  • Natural, instinctive in open space, Drake says Bills would have "spoil of riches" at RB if they take him.

 

Wendall Williams

Wide receiver: Syracuse-native Wendall Williams and the road to 4.19

  • Former college dropout went from driving a truck to running the fastest 40 time of the draft.
  • Track star who was used on reverses, the return game and as a deep threat.
  • Challenged Chris Johnson, who has the fastest Combine time ever, to a race.

Draft Spotlight: Who is Robert Nkemdiche?

Draft Spotlight: Could Cal's Daniel Lasco be the steal of the draft at RB?

Draft Spotlight: Is WR Daniel Braverman the next Julian Edelman?

Draft Spotlight: DE Jonathan Woodard overcame loss of close friend

Draft Spotlight: Clemson coach lauds Shaq Lawson's 'edge' and Kevin Dodd's 'first step'

Draft Spotlight: Edge rusher Victor Ochi says nobody can handle him for four quarters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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