April 23, 2012 - 10:33 PM
In the days leading up to the draft, the Bills are making their scouts available to the media. On Monday, Doug Majeski, Brad Forsyth and Shawn Heinlen took their turn. Majeski, the team’s coordinator of college scouting, covers the Midwest and East Coast. Forsyth has the Rocky Mountain and West Coast parts of the country, while Heinlen oversees Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Over the next couple days, I’ll pass along some of their takes on players who the Bills could potentially be targeting heading into the draft, starting with Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Here’s what Majeski had to say when asked whether Kuechly could transition to either the strongside or weakside linebacker spot in Buffalo’s new 4-3 scheme: “He’s played weak and inside middle linebacker at BC and he’s actually played all three spots in games over his career. Mentally, obviously, he’s very sharp. He’ll be able to handle it. Athletically he can handle a lot of the attributes of each position and he’s probably best as a ‘mike,’ but he gives you flexibility to play ‘will’ or ‘sam.’
Majeski then elaborated on Kuechly’s ability to play the pass.
“He’s really a good coverage guy. He’s got a good feel for it, got good awareness. He can run with tight ends in man, he can carry receivers down the field. He does a good job of getting in throwing lanes. … He’s good in coverage.”
Majeski also shared some thoughts on Ohio State left tackle Mike Adams, who reportedly tested positive for marijuana use at the scouting combine.
"Very talented. He’s a big man, 6-foot-7, 325 [pounds]. Obviously missed some games this year because of the NCAA suspension, but when he played, he played well," Majeski said. "He’s got a lot of ability. Still has room to get better as far as strength and [his] experience, but he should have a good future.
Majeski said the positive test would factor into the Bills' thinking about any prospect.
"With all these kids it’s a concern. It’s things we talk about," he said. "That [and] with other character concerns, whether it’s mental or other issues, you know it’s all part of our discussion when we talk about a player. It affects how you look at a player."
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