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Road to the Draft: Phillip Thomas

By Jay Skurski

Phillip Thomas

Position: Safety
School: Fresno State
Measurables: 6-foot-0, 208 pounds
40 time: 4.65 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 14 reps. Vertical: 35 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches.
2012 stats: 84 tackles, 12 for loss, four sacks, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles, five pass breakups
Draft projection: Second round

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Road to the Draft: Jonathan Meeks

By Jay Skurski

Jonathan Meeks

Position: Safety
School: Clemson
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 209 pounds
Combine numbers: Was not invited
2012 stats: 62 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups
Draft projection: Undrafted free agent

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Road to the Draft: Vance McDonald

By Jay Skurski

Vance McDonald

Position: Tight end
School: Rice
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 267 pounds
40 time: 4.69 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 31 repetitions. Broad jump: 11 feet, 9 inches. Vertical: 33.5 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.08 seconds.
2012 stats: 36 catches, 458 yards, 2 TDs.
Draft projection: Late second-third round

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Road to the Draft: Aaron Mellette

By Jay Skurski

Aaron Mellette

Position: Wide receiver
School: Elon
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 217 pounds
40 time: 4.54 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 9 reps. Vertical: 33.5 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 3 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.41 seconds.
2012 stats: 97 catches, 1,398 yards, 18 touchdowns
Draft projection: Fourth-fifth round

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Road to the Draft: Barkevious Mingo

By Jay Skurski

Barkevious Mingo

Position: Defensive end/outside linebacker
School: LSU
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 241 pounds
40 time: 4.58 seconds. Vertical: 37 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 8 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.84 seconds.
2012 stats: 38 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks.
Draft projection: First round

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Road to the Draft: Jamie Collins

By Jay Skurski

Jamie Collins

Position: Outside linebacker
School: Southern Miss
Measurables: 6-foot-3, 250 pounds
40 time: 4.64 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 19 reps. Vertical jump: 41.5 inches. Broad jump: 11 feet, 7 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.10 seconds.
2012 stats: 92 tackles, 20 for loss, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles
Draft projection: Second round

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Road to the Draft: J.C. Tretter

By Jay Skurski

J.C. Tretter

Position: Guard
School: Cornell
Measurements: 6-foot-4, 307 pounds
40 time: 5.09 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 29 repetitions. Vertical: 29.5 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.69 seconds. Broad jump: 9 feet, 1 inch.
2012 stats: 10 games, 10 starts
Draft projection: Fourth-fifth round

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Road to the Draft: Ryan Swope

By Mark Gaughan

Ryan Swope

Position: Wide receiver
School: Texas A&M
Measurements: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds.
40 time: 4.34 seconds. Vertical jump: 37 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 5 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.76 seconds.
2012 stats: 72 catches, 913 yards, 8 TDs.
Draft projection: Third-fourth round

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Road to the Draft: Jarvis Jones

By Mark Gaughan

Jarvis Jones

Position: Outside linebacker
School: Georgia
Measurements: 6-foot-3, 241 pounds.
40 time: 4.92 seconds. Vertical jump: 30.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches. 225-pound bench press: 20 repetitions.
2012 stats: 14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss.
Draft projection: First round.

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Road to the Draft: Chance Warmack

By Mark Gaughan

Chance Warmack

Position: Guard
School: Alabama
Measurements: 6-foot-2, 317 pounds.
40 time: 5.49 seconds. Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches. Shuttle: 5.01 seconds. 3-cone drill: 7.91 seconds.
2012 stats: 14 starts.
Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Only one guard in the last 24 years has been drafted in the top 10 of the first round. Warmack could be the next. He’s clearly the top interior offensive line prospect in the draft. Warmack was a unanimous first-team All-America pick and made 40 career starts. He was an anchor of an Alabama offensive line that paved the way to national titles each of the past two years. The Buffalo Bills have an opening at the left guard position in the wake of Andy Levitre's free-agent signing with Tennessee.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

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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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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