In my last post regarding the Buffalo Bills options with their 34th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, I discussed Marvin Austin, defensive tackle from North Carolina, Mike Pouncey, the guard out of Florida, and Kyle Rudolph, a promising tight end prospect out of Notre Dame.For my conclusion, I will overview a few more prospects that could make a positive impact on the Bills front seven.
DT/DE Allen Bailey, Miami (FL)
Allen Bailey is an extremely versatile defensive lineman, as he has been shuffled around the Hurricane's line for almost his entire tenure at "The U." At 6'4" 288 pounds, Bailey would be a solid fit at the defensive end position while the Bills utilize their 3-4 front.
He has long arms, and more often then not, wins the battle of leverage with opposing offensive lineman. Bailey has a high ceiling for improvement, as rushing the passer has been his primary duty.
He is decent in his run stopping ability, but he could also play inside at tackle as the Bills use more of a "hybrid" 3-4 look, switching between the 3-4 and 4-3.
At Miami, Bailey recorded 106 tackles, and made 21 sacks, being a constant force of leadership and pressure for the Hurricanes, and could do the same in Orchard Park.
ILB Martez Wilson, Illinois
Martez Wilson is a guy that hasn't been getting a lot of national publicity, despite being the consensus No. 1 overall inside linebacker prospect entering the 2011 NFL Draft.
At 6'4" 250 pounds, Wilson would be a great addition next to Paul Posluszny (assuming he re-signs) at the sam inside linebacker, allowing Poz to use his instincts, while Wilson engages the fullback to stop the run.
Wilson had a great career at Illinois, recording 222 tackles (111 of them this past season), forced two fumbles, and sacked the quarterback nine times.
He can be a bit reckless, and can shy away from his assignments at times, but with a little coaching, I expect him to be a great fit for Buffalo.
DE/DT Christian Ballard, Iowa
While his fellow defensive lineman, Adrian Clayborn, has been receiving most of the pre-draft hype, Christian Ballard is one of the top ranked defensive line prospects that could be available at No. 34.
A starter for three years at Iowa, Ballard recorded 149 tackles, 11 sacks, and forced two fumbles.
He holds his own against the run, and can swim his way through blockers. Ballard stands 6'5" 297 pounds, but at times he doesn't get low enough, relying on his athleticism rather than core strength, which could be an issue as a 3-4 end.
He sticks to his assignments, and like Martez Wilson, Ballard could develop into a solid defensive end for the Buffalo Bills.