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Players to watch - East/West Shrine Game

Three players expected to climb draft boards at the East/West Shrine Game

January 16, 2018 - 5:41 pm

Derek Kramer

While many eyes will be on the top prospects in the NFL Combine and even the Senior Bowl, building a successful roster requires teams to hit on late round picks as well. We saw the Buffalo Bills get contributions from late round players this season like linebacker Matt Milano (5th round), quarterback Nathan Peterman (5th round) and Tanner Vallejo (6th round), despite their late round draft status. 

With the week of the East/West Shrine Game underway, here are a couple of players to take a look at as mid-to-late round targets for Bills fans:

1.) Brandon Facyson - Cornerback - Virginia Tech
6' 2", 197 lbs.
2017 Stats:
11 games played, 19 tackles, 5 passes defensed

Derailed by injuries, Facyson still has two physical tools that teams covet: he's a lengthy corner with long arms. Facyson was on the fast track after his freshman year, where he had five interceptions. However, he hasn't picked off a pass since. He still has the physical tools to be a serviceable corner, something the Bills could use some depth at. The big question for Facyson is if he can stay healthy, as his college career has been plagued by several injuries. 

Projected round: Rounds 3-5


2.) Tre Flowers - Safety - Oklahoma State
6' 3", 198 lbs. 
2017 Stats:
13 games played, 80 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 8 passes defensed

Jeff Lloyd of Locked On Browns has said to take a good look at Flowers, and it makes sense to hear that Flowers is making waves and being talked about early on in the week of practice. Furthermore, according to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News, Flowers spent some time talking with a Bills scout on Tuesday. Flowers is a lanky and physical safety who is not afraid of coming up in run support. In pass coverage, Flowers is most capable in zone coverage, where he can use his long reach (80" wingspan) to deceive opposing quarterbacks. Flowers is also the nephew of former Bills defensive end, Erik Flowers. 

Projected round: Rounds 4-5


3.) Quinton Flowers - Quarterback - UCF
6' 0", 210 lbs. 
2017 Stats:
12 games played, 188 of 354, 2,911 yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 196 carries, 1,078 yards, 11 rushing touchdowns

Quinton Flowers is an interesting prospect, if only based on the fact that Bills coach Sean McDermott is a big fan of versatility. Flowers is showing some of that at the East/West Shrine Game practices, as he has been returning punts and trying to practice at different positions. Flowers may sense that his future in the NFL is as a versatile player, due to his short frame and inconsistent passing mechanics. However, Flowers attempting to find other avenues to the NFL could be a way to garner the Bills' attention.  

Projected round: Round 7 - UDFA

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