As one of the 16 undrafted free agents, Aaron Tipoti was brought in to work out at the defensive tackle position. With Buffalo bringing in Alan Branch during free agency and having Dareus, Williams, Williams, and Anderson to just mention a few, this is more of a depth chart move and to provide competition. I can’t see the Bills carrying more than 7 maybe 8 defensive linemen especially if there are a couple of guys that can play across the line as well and add that versatility.
Tipoti is 6’2″ and weighs 311lbs. Last season Tipoti made 10 appearances with 8 starts and was able to rack up 31 tackles, a career high. His strengths include excellent quickness of the snap and he is able to take on the center or guard during run plays. He also plays until the whistle which makes him a tough players to defend against. His weaknesses include his shortness in height which may leave him vulnerable to double teams. He is also not the fastest man on the field. He is considered close to a Brandon Mebane.
The NFL had this breakdown for him…
This quick and strong nose tackle prospect looks to be the next Cal defensive lineman drafted by an NFL team. And while not possessing the elite athleticism and closing speed (four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks in 2011) to rank as a top prospect, Tipoti will be a tough cut once he shows his wares in an NFL training camp.
To add depth and competition to a defensive line that has shown in the past it can be injury prone, I like this pick by the Bills.