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Bills agree to terms with 16 undrafteds, cut four

Posted Apr 29, 2013

The Bills agreed to terms with 16 undrafted rookie free agents and cut four players from the roster on Monday.

The Bills agreed to terms with 16 undrafted rookie free agents and cut four players from the roster on Monday. Below, Buffalobills.com provides you with a short note on each UFAs college career along with expert analysis of them as players from the Bills scouting staff.

G Zack Chibane – 6’5” 298 - Syracuse
A three-year starter at guard for the Orange, Chibane made 38 straight starts to finish his college career.

“Played left guard. He’s a physical run blocker that likes to finish,” said Bills coordinator of college scouting Doug Majeski. “Has good toughness, intelligent kid. Obviously played for coach Marrone, experienced player. Improved as the season went on last year.”

DE Izaan Cross – 6’4” 300 - Georgia Tech
A three-year starter at defensive end for Tech, Cross had 109 career tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in his career.

“He’s an effort guy that played hard and was productive for them at Tech,” said Bills National Scout Darrell Moody. “He is probably a defensive end for us.”

S Jordan Dangerfield – 5’11” 200 - Towson
A two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association first team selection, Dangerfield was the leader of the CAA conference’s best defense. He led the Tigers in tackles as a junior and was third on the squad last year.

“He’s an aggressive, explosive hitter at safety,” said Bills Scouting Assistant Pete Harris. “He’s got decent speed, but he’s a physical presence. If you come over the middle he’ll hit you. He was more productive in the box even though he played both safety spots. He had a good game against LSU.”

CB Kip Edwards – 6’1” 200 - Missouri
A two-year starter at cornerback for the Tigers, Edwards had 46 tackles a pair of interceptions and five pass breakups in his final collegiate season.

“He’s a good-sized corner in terms of height,” said Majeski. “Played in the SEC, a good athlete with good speed, pretty good ball skills. He ran a 4.59 on our watch.”

FB Kendall Gaskins – 6’0” 226 - Richmond
Gaskins rushed for over 1,700 yards for the Spiders averaging almost four yards per carry in his career (3.9) and 34 rushing touchdowns. Also was a factor in the pass game with 46 catches and four receiving touchdowns in his career.

“He ran 4.69 for us at his workout. Basically he was a one back and did some fullback work, but was their big running back. He was pretty productive, caught the ball well at his pro day,” Majeski said. “A big, physical runner than can break tackles. We didn’t see him at fullback until the Texas vs. The Nation game during the practice week and he did some good things there. Team captain.”

WR Brandon Kaufman – 6’5” 216 – Eastern Washington
Kaufman finished his 2012 campaign with an FCS NCAA record 1,850 receiving yards with 93 receptions and 16 receiving touchdowns in just 14 games. He averaged 19.9 yards per catch with a long of 93 yards.

“Big, strong and deceptive speed where he gets on top of people and gets downfield. He uses his height, length and strong hands to make a lot of plays downfield for them,” said Bills scout Brad Forsyth. “He dominated that level of competition. A junior coming out early so he’s still young, but he’s got a legit chance.”

CB Vernon Kearney – 6’2” 185 – Lane
Kearney was a boundary cornerback for Lane College and posted 24 tackles, two interceptions, six pass breakups along with a forced fumble and fumble recovery in his final collegiate season. He timed in the mid to high 4.4s in the 40.

“A Division II prospect that’s raw, but he’s got height and speed,” said Bills scout Tom Roth. “He’s a good developmental prospect and former Bills DB Derrick Burroughs was his head coach there. There are good traits there and Coach Henderson just needs to get some technique work in with him.”

WR Kevin Norrell – 5’10” 200 - Stony Brook
A two-year starter at Stony Brook, Norrell posted a monster senior season for the Sea Wolves with 63 catches for 1,388 yards and 15 touchdowns last year.

“He began his career at Washington State and had an issue there and ended up at Stony Brook,” said Harris. “He’s a shorter kid, but he’s got good hands and is probably a little bit better in the slot. He played outside there and he was their number one receiver. Good hands and competitive. He has 4.6 speed, but finds a way to get separation with his quickness. Norrell has some shiftiness to him. He’s had some spectacular catches.”

LB Keith Pough – 6’2” 239 - Howard
The 2012 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, Pough set an FCS record with 71 career tackles for loss. Pough is considered a big time playmaker and had over 100 tackles in both his sophomore and junior seasons.

“He was a dominant player in the MEAC conference. He’s 6’2” and 235 and he has long arms and just needs to get a little bit bigger and stronger,” said Roth. “His production was great at Howard. He’s got pass rush ability, a great motor. He ran 4.9 at the Combine, but he plays around 4.75. He plays a lot faster. A SAM backer for us.”

CB Nickell Robey – 5’8” 172 - USC
Robey posted seven career interceptions for USC in his college career, returning three of them for touchdowns. He also had 24 career pass breakups in three seasons.

“Extremely quick, great short agility and balance, tough and competitive,” said Forsyth. “He’ll fly to the ball, good hands and ball skills. Just not the biggest guy. He’s got a chance because of his desire and quickness. He was productive in the PAC-12.”

WR Da’Rick Rogers – 6’3” 217 - Tennessee Tech
A polished receiver, Rogers has 4.5 speed and posted a 39 1/2-inch vertical leap and 11-foot broad jump at the Combine. Led the SEC in receiving at Tennessee with 1,040 yards, before off the field issues got him kicked off the Volunteers squad. Finished his career at Tennessee Tech.

“He’s got it all. His body type is a lot like Eric Moulds. It’s all there,” Roth said. “The off the field stuff that happened is why he was undrafted. Out of him, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, he’s the most NFL ready in my opinion in terms of route running, balls skills and everything. He can come in and he won’t be behind in terms of coaching and all that stuff.”

CB Jumal Rolle – 5’11” 187 - Catawba
A 1st-team All-South Atlantic conference selection his last three seasons, Rolle had 16 career interceptions in his time at Catawba.

“Catawba is a Division II school and Jumal is almost six-foot and he’s a 4.50 guy,” said Roth. “He looked really good with movement skills. He pretty much dominated Division II, which you need to do to have a chance in the NFL. He has great special teams ability. He blocked five kicks this past season, so he’s going to help on special teams.”

RB/FB Drew Smith – 6’2” 225 - Albany
Smith was Albany’s all-time leader for touchdowns scored (45) and co-leader for all-time rushing touchdowns (40). He rolled up 3,196 career rushing yards.

“If he keeps his pads down he’s going to run you over,” said Harris. “Obviously it’s a big jump up in competition, but aside from his rushing ability he’s great in pass protection. He is physical and will stone blitzers. He likes contact and can catch the ball out of the backfield and did a lot for them.”

DT Aaron Tipoti – 6’2” 280 - Cal
Tipoti played in 43 games with 18 starts over the last four seasons. He totaled 91 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

“He doesn’t have ideal size, but good initial quickness off the ball. He flashes a good punch and pop on defenders initially,” said Forsyth. “A really good motor and aggressiveness. He has to get bigger and stronger.”

QB Jeff Tuel – 6’3” 218 - Washington St.
Appeared in 31 games making 26 starts. Tuel was 531-of-865 passing for 5,936 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career. Finished first in school history in completion percentage (61.4%) , fifth in completions, sixth in passing attempts, seventh in passing yards, seventh in passing touchdowns and seventh in total offense.

“Really good size, really strong arm and you notice that when you watch him on the practice field,” said Forsyth. “He stands out as a pure thrower. A deceptively good athlete, he has good quickness and feet. He runs well and he’s a tough kid that’s competitive. He’s had to battle through some injuries, but he has a chance. He just needs some time to develop and get some experience. A smart kid too.”

C Ryan Turnley – 6’6” 305 - Pitt
A two-year starter at center, Turnley was second team All-Big East making 26 consecutive starts at center for the Panthers.

“Body-wise he looks like a tackle, but he’s played mostly left guard and center,” said Majeski. “He’s a big-bodied guy that has pretty good movement and athleticism. He’s good in space and at picking up linebackers. Good awareness and has the size to play against some of the bigger nose guards.”

To make room on the roster the Bills released QB Aaron Corp, T Adam Grant, K Chris Koepplin and TE Joe Sawyer.