Bills veteran scout Darrell Moody answered questions from the media at One Bills Drive today, the last day the team made its regional scouts available heading into the 2012 NFL Draft. Moody was a 31-year coaching veteran before joining Bills General Manager Buddy Nix as a scout with the San Diego Chargers in 2002. He re-joined Nix with the Bills in 2010. Moody's coaching career included stops at North Carolina State, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State, Appalachian State, Tulane, North Carolina and Clemson.
Here were his comments in response to questions about some of the top Southeastern Conference propsects in the draft:
On South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore: “I think he’s a physical player. He’s got excellent size, and he has a good body of work. He’s been a three-year starter. I think he has played well against the run and played well against the pass, bump and Cover 2 and off-man and off-zone. I think he’s a complete player.”
On Alabama safety Mark Barron: “I think he’s a complete football player. He has an excellent body of work. He’s been a productive player in a very good league. He has been a leader on a very good football team. He’s physical against the run. He can play the run from the strong safety position and he can also move into the linebacker position in your dime package. I think he’s got good cover skills against tight ends and running backs, and I think he’s adequate against wide receivers. He’s like most safeties in coverage. You’d like to have a little help behind him against elite receivers. But I think his cover skills for a safety are real good.”
On Georgia tackle-guard Cordy Glenn: “He struggled early. He had been playing guard the majority of his career. They went through a process at Georgia where they had been knocked around a couple years in the SEC and they decided they were going to become a bigger, more physical football team. … I think as the season progressed and him moving to left tackle, I think he adjusted to it and I think their whole offensive line - at the end of the year they were probably one of the better offensive lines in the Southeastern Conference. I think they all made a lot of progress and adjusted to their size. I don’t see any reason he can’t play left tackle in this league because he’s got size, he’s got length and he’s got pretty good footwork. It’s hard to get around somebody that big and with that length.”
On Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw: "I think he can set the edge against the run. he's strong and physical against the run. He's more of a power pass rusher than a speed pass rusher. Most of the time with the elite pass rushers are speed rushers. i think he'll be a solid pass rusher. ... You know waht you're going to get every day. he's a blue-collar, lunch-pail guy who's going to bring what he's got every day."
On Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick: "Dre has got good size. he's physcial vs. the run. i think he's a good tackler. He's got good coverage skills. At times he can guess a little, which most good cover corners can do that. You just gotta make sure you guess at the right time." ... Asked why Kirkpatrick didn't intercept many passes, Moody said: "I would say his hands are average, I don't think they're great. And they probably don't throw as much in his area as they do in other areas, and the Alabama defense gets a lot of sacks."