Dec 28, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs after a catch during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina defeated Cincinnati 39-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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Each NFL team gets 30 pre-draft visits for draft prospects. Some teams will work out the prospects, more than what the combines have done, other teams will just interview the players and get a feel for what type of person they are getting off the field and in the locker room. Other teams do both. For the most part, teams have a good idea as to who they will be looking at within the first round so limiting prospects that are deemed Day 1 picks is usually a good strategy, so to use the rest of your pre-draft visits on later round players that you might not have been able to get a good look at.
The Bills took a different approach during their pre-draft visits. The Buffalo Bills saw 29 of their 30 allotted prospects. Of those 29, 10 of those visitors are predicted to be drafted on Day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Of those 10, Jake Matthews, Eric Ebron, Sammy Watkins, and Mike Evans are projected to be top 10 picks on May 8th.
Does Buffalo look at one of these guys? I think if anyone of these 4 is available, its a good chance they get drafted by the Bills but, it is not guaranteed.
"Over the last four drafts the Bills have had 117 pre-draft visitors. A total of 10 have been drafted by Buffalo for a mark eight and a half percent. Perhaps what’s more impressive is all of Buffalo’s last four first-round draft choices from 2010 to 2013 were pre-draft visitors at One Bills Drive.– BuffaloBills.com"
The 29 prospect visitors were as follows:
TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
WR Cody Latimer, Indiana
RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
DB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
CB Ross Cockrell, Duke
RB Jeremy Hill, LSU
TE Eric Ebron, UNC
DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State
OT Charles Siddoway, Mississippi State
OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
LB Preston Brown, Louisville
WR Odell Beckham, LSU
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
RB Terrance Cobb, Cumberlands (Ky)
CB Phillip Gaines, Rice
CB Walt Aikens, Liberty
RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
RB Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
OL Marcus Martin, USC
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame
OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill
RB Terrance West, Towson
LB CJ Mosley, Alabama
T Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama-
Prospect list taken from BuffaloBills.com