Sep 3, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive end Izaan Cross (94) against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Player Profile:Izaan Cross and the Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills brought in Izaan Cross as one of their 16 undrafted free agents.

Cross played at Georgia Tech and was able to rack up 83 tackles, 10 for loss and 2.5 sacks in his career as a Defensive End.

Cross’ draft grade was a 59.5 but we all know how I feel about that.  If not check out the Brandon Kaufman Player profile.

Cross has a good combination of size and athleticism which provides that he is similar to Alan Branch and can line up anywhere on the line.  This will allow the Bills to have some versatility on the defensive line this year.  He is solid against being double teamed as well as hold his one against a single blocker.

The NFL says this about Cross…

Statistically, Cross isn’t the most impressive of defensive line prospects (32 tackles, one for loss, in 2011). But he plays all across the line for the Yellow Jackets, does have the initial quickness and overall physical tools to succeed at the next level as a reserve 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 tackle, depending on how much weight his new team will ask him to carry to be most effective in their system.

What this means for the Bills.  As I said earlier, it gives the versatility on the line.  Buffalo also always seems to draft a defensive line player almost every year which is good for the depth and every once in a while they find a diamond inthe rough.

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