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Kiper gives props to Willy

It looks like UB quarterback Drew Willy has a fan in ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., who rates Willy as the fifth-best QB among the senior class.

In a national conference call Wednesday morning, Kiper believes Willy has potential as an NFL prospect.

"A good decision maker,'' Kiper said. "Very good awareness in the pocket. Has a ton of experience at Buffalo as a starter, which I like. I wish that he had a little bit of a stronger arm, but his arm is strong enough. He's probably a fifth- or six-round possibility. At worst, he's undrafted, comes to [training] camp as a guy with a chance to play. It wouldn't shock me if he wasn't drafted, but he will get to a camp and I think he'll have a chance to be a developmental young quarterback.''

Winning over Kiper is one thing. Willy still has to show NFL teams he's got the right stuff. His first test arrives next week when he works out for all 32 clubs at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. How he does there and in subsequent interviews and his on-campus workout will ultimately determine when or if Willy will be drafted.

---Allen Wilson

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