Vic Carucci spoke recently with Terrance Gray, who is the Bills' director of college scouting. Next week's NFL draft is essentially his department's Super Bowl.
One of Gray's most interesting answers in the Q&A came when he was asked if the team's pre-draft meetings ever get heated.
Of course, Gray said. They see that as a good thing.
"Yeah, and if they didn't, it wouldn't be good. We like when it gets heated," Gray said. "You want to hear guys’ conviction on a player, because they do the legwork as well and you want to hear the whys behind why they feel strongly about a player. Ultimately, we watch tape as a group as well, so that kind of usually settles it one way or the other in terms of what we're all seeing. And we'll do an exercise where we'll ask someone who did not go into the school, based off what we've watched the last 30 minutes, 'What do you think?' It's healthy discourse, it's nothing personal. It's OK to disagree with one another, as long as we get the player right. That's the most important thing."
Can any of these guys replace Kyle? Vic Carucci joined WGRZ's Heather Prusak this week to review the top defensive tackles in the draft. If the Bills choose to go that route in the first round, the player would be expected to immediately step into the starting lineup, filling the void left by Kyle Williams' retirement. Alabama's Quinnen Williams, Houston's Ed Oliver and Clemson's Dexter Lawrence are among the highest-rated prospects at the position. "If the Bills had a shot to get him," Carucci said of Williams, "grab him in a second." Williams isn't expected to fall to ninth when the Bills come up, so landing him would likely require a trade up. Oliver has a better chance of being available at 9 and is a popular selection in mock drafts.
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