Scouting the MAC - Buffalo

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The Buffalo Bulls had a .500 record last year, missed out on the postseason and did not have a player selected in the draft. I expect all three of those things to change next April, as the Bulls are building a solid program with a lot of next-level talent.

I grade two Buffalo seniors as potential second-day picks: receiver Anthony Johnson and linebacker Khalil Hodge

Johnson, who considered entering last April’s draft, has excellent size and incredible hands. He’s a big-play wideout and a go-to guy who cannot be stopped. He’s consistently making deep receptions and presents himself as a vertical receiver.

But does Johnson have true vertical speed?

That’s a huge question and why some scouts grade him as a late-round pick. Johnson needs a big senior campaign, a solid showing at a postseason All-Star game such as the Senior Bowl and good predraft workouts to be an early-round selection. Regardless, he has next-level talent.

Hodge is a similar prospect in the sense that scouts feel he lacks next-level speed, but I disagree.

The middle linebacker shows great quickness and instincts in run defense, firing to ball carriers and bringing them down at the point of attack. I love his ability to make plays in the box and in lateral pursuit. He displays terrific speed out to the flanks, and I would expect Hodge to be one of the higher-rated inside linebackers next April.

Keep a close watch on quarterback Tyree Jackson. He’s a big pocket passer with a rocket arm and great next-level possibilities if he hashes out his fundamentals.

NFL Prospects - Buffalo

Grade

Round

Full Name

Pos

Year

#

3.72

2-3

Anthony Johnson

WR

5Sr

83

3.63

3rd

Khalil Hodge

ILB

5Sr

4

3.15

FA

Charles Harris

DE

5Sr

92

           

3.05

FA

Cameron Lewis

CB

4Sr

39

3.02

FA

James O'Hagan

C

5Sr

77

3.00

FA

Tyree Jackson

QB

3Jr

3

2.98

FA

Justin Brandon

DT

3Jr

90

2.93

FA

Chris Ford

DT

5Sr

58

2.90

FA

Kamathi Holsey

WR

4Sr

86