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Bills drawn to Duke Williams' aggressiveness, versatility

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills say fourth-round draft choice Duke Williams can play both safety positions, but probably leans more toward strong safety for them -- and maybe can play some nickel cornerback, too.

"If you're going to label him as one or the other," Bills scout Brad Forsyth said, "you'd probably say he's more of a strong safety, but I think he has enough skills."

Safeties are interchangeable in Nevada's defense, as they were for Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine with the New York Jets.

Williams' stats indicate run-stopping is his strength. He recorded a career-high 106 tackles with 5.5 for losses last year. But in a 50-game career he had only four interceptions, five forced fumbles and zero sacks.

"I like his aggressiveness on the field," Forsyth said. "He really likes to come downhill, runs the alley and hits people. But he also has instincts and awareness, too.

"He is a guy that really has a good feel back there. He really has a quick recognition of things and he gets after the ball well."


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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