It’s amazing how much interest has been generated by Buffalo’s final pick in the 2011 draft: GIGANTIC nose tackle Michael Jasper from tiny NAIA school Bethel University. Our previous two stories (here and here) about Jasper generated by far the highest traffic numbers we’ve seen since I started here at BLD. And there’s no doubt why – Jasper is simply an incredible story. If he can make the team, this has future inspirational movie written all over it.
Now, we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves too much, as Jasper is still a very long shot to make the 53-man roster out of training camp. But if he can d0 it and actually contribute, the Buffalo scouting department deserves a ton of credit. In particular, one scout named Matt Hand worked extensively on Jasper. Hand not only managed to convince Jasper to drop some weight, but he got the Bills front office to pay attention.
Today, the Bills official site has an fantastic feature story on the process that led to Jasper getting drafted. It’s absolutely worth a read. There’s some awesome moments, including when Hand took Jasper to get weighed at a feed store (which had the only scale in town big enough to handle Jasper’s incredible size). Check it out!