Our friends over at Buffalo Rumblings have been running an excellent NFL draft series over the past few weeks titled “The Baker’s Dozen”. Essentially it’s a breakdown of the top 13 draft prospects in every imaginable way, including character, physical and scheme fit.
The author of the “scheme fit” portion of the series; a poster who goes by the moniker of Der Jaeger, has particularly done a tremendous job of breaking down how several players could fit into the Bills schematically. It’s even complete with diagrams of various schemes and in-depth descriptions of each.
I’d definitely suggest reading the entire series.
I wanted to highlight today’s post in particular over at Rumblings because it’s regarding a potential Bills pick few people are even discussing. Although Von Miller has become almost universally the Bills pick in countless mock drafts, everything I’ve heard from people well in the know tells me to not count out Robert Quinn.
My biggest concern with Quinn, besides his past health scare, has been the perception he’d only fit in a 4-3 defense, which doesn’t jive with Buddy Nix’s assertion the team would prefer to continue drafting 3-4 personnel.
Der Jaeger’s assessment of Quinn is extremely telling of his versatility.
“Quinn is a tremendous athlete that will fit in as a ‘tweener outside linebacker/defensive end,” Der Jaeger said. ” At best, Quinn could be a Willie McGinest-type outside linebacker: mostly rushing, but sometimes dropping into the flats or short zones, with limited effect in coverage. Quinn can also put his hand in the dirt and line up at end, rushing or even dropping on zone blitzes.”
“When Buffalo talks about being a multiple defense, playing different defenses with the same personnel, Quinn is the type of player that could make that defense work.”
Do I think Quinn will ultimately be the Bills third overall selection? I’d say probably not, especially if Miller is on the board and the team is as high on them as they led on during sessions with the media this week.
But I do think, in fact, I know Quinn will be rated higher on Buffalo’s big board than he’ll be for a lot of other teams. If the Bills determine Quinn can be effective as more than just a pass rusher and could become stout at stopping the run, I wouldn’t be surprised if they went in his direction when they’re on the clock in seven days.