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Top 10 Senior Bowl prospects likely on Bills' radar

MOBILE, Ala. -- As practices begin Tuesday for Saturday's Senior Bowl, here's a look at 10 prospects at need positions the Buffalo Bills are likely to watch closely:


Davis Webb, California, South squad. There isn't a true headliner in this game at the position, because Clemson's Deshaun Watson declined an invitation to participate. Of the quarterbacks who are here to play, Webb looks to have the greatest NFL potential. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, he has the size that will instantly grab the attention of scouts. He also has a strong arm. The downside is that, coming from Cal (after transferring from Texas Tech), he might have problems transitioning to the NFL as others have from both schools. Western New Yorker Chad Kelly, of Mississippi, is here, but only to interview with teams.

Wide receiver

Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky, South. Based on his collegiate career, he looks to be the Senior Bowl's most talented player in his position group. His size is decent, around 6-foot and 195 pounds, and NFL scouts like what they've seen in terms of his willingness to compete with defenders when the ball is in the air. He does a good job of creating separation and running after the catch, as reflected by the 17.9 yards-per-catch average he had last season to go along with 16 touchdowns.

Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M, South. At 6-3 and 187 pounds, he has ideal size to compete with larger and more physical defensive backs in the NFL. He also isn't afraid to make the most of his frame and strength when tangling with defenders and going for the ball. Reynolds could provide the Bills with a nice complement to Sammy Watkins, especially in the red zone, assuming Watkins fully recovers from a second foot surgery.


Haason Reddick, Temple, North. Although he was a highly effective edge rusher in college, his 6-1, 230-pound frame would figure to make him a better fit inside. And that is where he is going to practice this week so NFL scouts will get a better feel for how he would be able to handle such a switch. Reddick has shown tremendous versatility, walking onto the Owls' team as a cornerback before briefly playing inside linebacker. That could make him attractive to the Bills as they look for the right pieces to Sean McDermott's 4-3 defense.

Alex Anzalone, Florida, South. His biggest issue has been an inability to stay healthy, playing in only 18 games during his four-year collegiate career. When he has been on the field, however, he has been extremely impressive. During eight games in his final season at Florida, he had 53 tackles, including four for loss and three sacks. He shows exceptional quickness off the ball thanks to the ability to read and react well to what he sees across the line.

Offensive tackle

Antonio Garcia, Troy, South. At 6-7 and 302 pounds, he is seen as having the size, along with tremendous power and athleticism, to be an outstanding NFL tackle. Some league observers have gone as far as to compare him with Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Tyron Smith. He shows the necessary skills with his footwork and hands to be an excellent pass-blocker, which is the most challenging area for a lineman to prove his NFL worthiness. Scouts will see just how consistent a run-blocker he can be this week to determine if he's the complete package as advertised.

Offensive guard

Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky, South. At 6-3, he's probably too short to play tackle, his college position, in the NFL. But he would figure to be an exceptional guard. The Bills are getting outstanding production from Richie Incognito, but they don't have anyone to replace him long-term. Lamp caught the attention of pro scouts with a huge game against Alabama and could do what linemen from outside the Power Five conferences have done in previous Senior Bowls (Ali Marpet of Hobart and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan) and push his stock through the roof.


Damonte Kazee, San Diego State, South. The South team is loaded with good cornerbacks, but Kazee looks to be at the top of the list. He has had 15 interceptions and 29 pass defenses in the past two years, yet the quality that has stood out during his collegiate career is his willingness to play the run and outstanding tackling. That isn't always expected from someone 5-11, so scouts will be watching to see how consistent he is in that area this week.

Defensive tackle

Jaleel Johnson, Iowa, North. Regardless of whether Kyle Williams chooses to stick around for another season, the Bills need to find some future help at the position. Johnson could be just what they're looking for. He is big (6-3, 309 pounds) and extremely powerful. Two years ago, former teammate Carl Davis and Danny Shelton were the talk of the Senior Bowl for their dominant performances, just as Javon Hargrave and Vernon Butler were last year.

Tight end

O.J. Howard, Alabama, South. The Bills have a huge financial commitment to Charles Clay, and the results have been disappointing. Some of that is because of Tyrod Taylor's inability to consistently find him or other targets over the middle and some of that is on Clay's inconsistency. Still, Howard will be drawing eyeballs from every NFL scout and coach in attendance because of his other-worldly talent. He's big, fast and catches the ball well. Scouts say he reminds them of Jimmy Graham, which would make Howard a surefire first-round choice.

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