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Bills ink pair of undrafteds

Posted Apr 28, 2010

The Bills began the process of signing undrafted rookie free agents to their roster as they announced the signings of Auburn DE/OLB Antonio Coleman and Temple safety Dominique Harris Wednesday.

Coleman (6’2”, 255) was a tremendously productive pass rusher for the Tigers earning First Team All-SEC honors his last two seasons at Auburn. In 2009, Coleman led the conference in sacks (10) and tackles for loss (16.5) despite having to play with a partially torn ligament in his wrist, which required a cast.

“He is a pass rush specialist,” said Bills scout Shawn Heinlen. “He has very good edge rush explosion and a great feel for the pass rush in general. He was a very productive kid that played at a high level.”

Coleman had 24.5 sacks in his college career ranking third in school history.

In all likelihood Coleman will fit into the Bills 3-4 defensive scheme as a hybrid pass rushing linebacker, while also competing for a role on special teams. Rarely asked to drop into coverage at Auburn because he was such a dominant pass rusher, that will be a new challenge for Coleman with Buffalo.

Harris, meanwhile earned All-Mid-American conference honors his last two seasons at Temple and appeared in every game of his collegiate career with 43 starts.

He finished third on the team in tackles as a senior with 71 and had a team best three interceptions and three forced fumbles the year before as a junior.

“Dominique is a three-year starter that is a good sized guy and a physical player,” said Bills Coordinator of Scouting Doug Majeski. “He’s a good tackler that comes downhill. He’s productive against the run, but can also play pass coverage. He’s a quality kid.”

Harris also led the team in tackles as a sophomore with 81 and had a team best five pass break-ups and three interceptions.

A two-time team captain, the 6-2, 215-pound defensive back was the recipient of The Owl Award in 2009 as Temple’s most valuable player.