Here's the Bills news of note for March 5th.
**1 - Why Corey Davis over Mike Williams for the Bills
**In a recent mock draft NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks did a tandem mock with each of them making every other pick. With the Bills on the clock and both Western Michigan WR Corey Davis and Clemson WR Mike Williams still on the board, Jeremiah picked Davis. Buffalobills.com asked him why Davis over Williams for the Bills.
"To me I think he's got a little bit more juice. A little bit more burst," said Jeremiah. "To me he's a better route runner. He's more crisp. You can ask him to do anything, play inside, play outside. He can run any route on the route tree.
"Mike to me is a big, physical power forward type. He's going to get down in the red zone and make plays above the rim and make plays down there. You're not going to ask him to run a variety of routes though. He's going to win on slants. You're going to use that big body to post up guys. He doesn't have that blow the doors off speed. Corey is not Sammy Watkins speed-wise, but I think he's got a little bit more juice than Mike."
Jeremiah's colleague Charles Davis agrees. He too would take Davis over Williams if he had to choose between the two.
"I love Corey Davis out of Western Michigan," Davis told Buffalobills.com. "He's run a ton of routes. He runs inside routes. He runs outside. He has great concentration on the football. Speed is going to be a question.
"Mike Williams probably isn't going to run any better than a 4.5. There's nothing wrong with that. That's just fine. What Mike Williams does is he separates so well when the ball is in the air. He makes great plays on it.
"But to me Davis can make a whole lot of plays. It'll be interesting to see how they go. I like Corey Davis a little bit better."
2 - Watkins' former college teammates wouldn't mind a reunionThere are a total of nine prospects from Clemson at the NFL Combine, one of the largest contingents from one school in Indianapolis this year. Those Tigers who had an opportunity to play with Sammy Watkins in Death Valley before he moved on to the NFL wouldn't mind reuniting with him in Buffalo at all.
Chief among them WR Mike Williams, who considered Watkins a mentor in the one year they played together at Clemson. Williams and Watkins have the same agent, so the two have been communicating through the pre-draft process.
"It'd be great just to team up with Sammy again, play on the same team," said Williams.
Williams is expected to come off the board in the top half of round one. Another first-round prospect is Clemson QB DeShaun Watson, who was sold on Clemson by Watkins. The Bills receiver was influential during the college recruiting process.
Watson smirked as he flirted with the thought of being a teammate of Watkins again at the NFL level.
"Maybe one day we can get together and talk about it and who knows," Watson said. "We might be teammates."
3 - 'Bama LB Anderson leaning on Ragland for adviceThe NFL Combine isn't for everybody. Alabama LB Ryan Anderson is all about the results on the football field and little else. That's why he's not a huge fan of what makes up the NFL Combine, but he's still seeking counsel from one of his many former college teammates who are in the NFL. Among them is Bills LB Reggie Ragland.
"He's been talking to me a lot," said Anderson of Ragland. "I've been training in Birmingham and he's been rehabbing up there. So he's been telling me about all the stuff that's going to go on here the last two months. So it helps a lot. It helps a lot when you have close friends who have been through this process."
Known as a football junkie, much like Ragland, the workouts here at the Combine aren't really Anderson's cup of tea. Of course that doesn't mean he won't be competing against his peers.
"I'm not into this stuff, this gym short Olympics," said Anderson. "I'm not that kind of guy. At the end of the day I'm a football player. I'm not going to be the most impressive guy (doing this). At the same time I'm going to compete. I ain't no baloney sandwich. I ain't no slouch. Not that many linebackers have produced like I've produced."