If you had Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll as the first free agent scheduled to visit the Buffalo Bills once free agency commenced congratulations—you’re a winner.
Jason LaCanfora reported the four-year veteran is Carroll’s first visit while also noting that the 27-year old has others scheduled as well.
A fifth-round pick out of Maryland in 2010, Carroll has impressive size (6-1/205) and speed (4.3/40) and seems to be the prototypical type of defender in Buffalo’s hybrid defense, assuming of course new coordinator Jim Schwartz continues to employ many of the same schemes his predecessor Mike Pettine did.
Carroll had a career-best season in 2013 with Miami, where he picked off three passes and added two sacks to go with 47 tackles.
If the Bills can land Carroll he’s likely to compete with Nickell Robey for the nickel back slot, as the team seems settled with Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin as the starters. However, it would be a mistake to brush Carroll as a reserve corner aside as meaningless. Need I remind you of what happened when injuries forced Justin Rogers into a prominent role in 2013?