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Bills Today: Mayock calls 2018 QB class abnormally deep

Posted Feb 13, 2018

Here's the Bills news of note for Feb. 13th.

1 - Mayock calls 2018 QB class abnormally deep
The buzz surrounding the 2018 NFL Draft is the depth at the quarterback position. NFL Network analyst, Mike Mayock, broke down this year’s deep draft class.

“I would call it intriguing. They all have some holes. Most of them are underclassmen. There’s an awful-lot of talent in this class,” said Mayock on WGR 550. “I also think there’s some depth in the class that we don’t usually see. Some quarterbacks like a Luke Falk or a Mike White. The guys who don’t have the same buzz as the first-round guys, but may go in the second, third, or fourth round are interesting also.”

We could potentially see six QBs selected in the first-round this year. Those signal-callers include: Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and Mason Rudolph.

It’s likely that we’ll see a lot of QBs drafted on day one, but the list is still rather lengthy for potential late-round picks. Players like, Luke Falk, Mike White, Riley Ferguson, and many more have caught the interest of general managers throughout the league.

In this year’s draft, the Buffalo Bills could very well select one of those nearly a dozen QBs just mentioned. Though, there’s a good chance GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott will get a guy who’s a solid fit in the locker room.

Buffalobills.com reported in late January that the Bills were one of four teams to meet extensively with Mayfield. This is Mayock’s take on Mayfield considering the track record of Beane and McDermott.

“You guys are a playoff team. And by the way, I’m a huge believer in your head coach and the GM. I think Brandon Beane and Sean are tied at the hip and I think they know what they want,” said Mayock. “When you start looking at some of these other quarterbacks, and we can go back to the draft, is Baker Mayfield going to fit into their locker room? That would be the first thing I think about. Just watching the moves they made this year.”

2 - Marv Levy’s reaction to Frank Reich becoming Colts HC
For 12 years (1986-1997), Marv Levy manned the sidelines for the Buffalo Bills. During nine of those seasons, Frank Reich was a quarterback on Levy’s roster. Now, more than 20 years later, the Hall of Fame head coach reacts to Reich becoming a first-time HC in the NFL.

Levy first noticed Reich had the necessary tools to be a HC when he attended one of the Indianapolis Colts offseason workouts. He shared in a story with ESPN.  Reich’s first coaching stint in the league was with Indy from 2006-2011.

“He was working with Peyton [Manning] and as I watched I noticed how good of a teacher he was and how on top of it he was with things,” Levy told ESPN. “Every time I studied Frank, the more and more I thought, ‘This guy has it.’ I thought he has [coaching traits] for so many reasons.”

Things have truly come around full circle for Reich. In 2006, he first entered the coaching ranks as an intern with the Colts. Today, he’s the team’s 20th head coach in franchise history.

For Reich, becoming the Colts head honcho adds to an already impressive résumé. Just 10 days ago, he won his first Super Bowl as the Eagles offensive coordinator. As a player, he and Levy were crowned AFC Champions four times in their nine seasons together in Buffalo.

“I was pulling very hard for him to get the job,” said Levy. “This guy is not only a great teacher and coach, he’s such a great guy that he’ll work so well with everybody in the organization. He’s a high-character individual. He will study like you can’t believe and his preparation will be incredible. I’m thrilled that he is there.”

3 - Paul Maguire part of SCFHOF Class of 2018
Former Bills Pro Bowl punter, Paul Maguire, was recently one of five inductees into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. He attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, from 1956-1959.

The five Class of 2018 inductees include: John Abraham (University of South Carolina), Dwight Clark (Clemson University), Maguire (The Citadel), Clay Matthews Sr. (Georgia Tech/Legacy Inductee), and Richard Seymour (University of Georgia).

After his college days, Maguire had an 11-year career in the AFL. He spent his first four seasons (1960-1963) with the Chargers. His final seven years (1964-1970) were spent with the Buffalo Bills. He won an AFL Championship with the Bills in 1964.

Here’s what the SCFHOF had to say about Maguire in their class of 2018 announcement. They touched on his life on the football field and in the broadcasting booth.

He played football at The Citadel from 1956-1959. He played all sides of the ball including punter, defensive lineman and offensive lineman. Maguire was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1956 and Player of the Year in 1959. He scored 10 touchdown receptions as a tight end in 1959. In 1960, Maguire was selected in the first round of the inaugural AFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers… Maguire was known for his coffin corner punts and was the AFL’s all-time leader in punts and yardage during his career.

In all, Maguire spent over 40 years as a sports broadcaster. He is a member of the Inaugural Citadel Hall of Fame Class of 1977, the Ohio Sports Hall of Fame, and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. 

The mission of the SCFHOF is to honor South Carolina football legends, support player career transitions, improve player safety, and promote the game of football and South Carolina. The 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony is set for Apr. 19, 2018, at the Embassy Suites at Verdae in Greenville, SC.

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