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NFL Draft Report

 
By Joe Buscaglia
 


Barkley headlines four visitors


With the 2013 NFL Draft only a little over two weeks away, the Buffalo Bills invited four more draft-eligible prospects to team facilities on Wednesday. For the seventh time, a quarterback was one of them.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley, one of the most polarizing players available in this year's draft, made his official visit at One Bills Drive. Opinions on Barkley vary; some think he is a first round pick, while others believe he may be more of a developmental type that should be taken outside of the first day.

This is the third exposure the Bills have had with Barkley since the NFL Combine wrapped up. Assistant GM Doug Whaley attended the USC pro day, the Bills held a private workout with Barkley at USC and now the pre-draft visit in Orchard Park. 

Joining Barkley as Wednesday's visitors were Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan, Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree and Tennessee Tech wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers.

Jordan is the top name of the Wednesday group, likely to be a top-10 selection on April 25. He is a pass rushing linebacker that looks to be a fit for a 3-4 defense. Ogletree, an inside linebacker, is also expected to be a first round pick.

Rogers, who transferred out of the University of Tennessee ahead of last season, is the third former Volunteers wideout to visit One Bills Drive over the past week. He is expected to be anywhere from a second to fourth-round pick.

The Bills have now conducted 23 official pre-draft visits. Teams in the NFL are alotted 30 leading up to the annual selection meeting in New York City.

Here is a list of who has already made their visits to One Bills Drive:

Quarterback
E.J. Manuel, Florida State (April 2)
Mike Glennon, NC State (April 3)
Geno Smith, West Virginia (April 4)
Landry Jones, Oklahoma (April 5)
Jeff Tuel, Washington State (April 8)
Matt Scott, Arizona (April 9)
Matt Barkley, USC (April 10)

Wide Receiver
Russell Shepard, LSU (April 3)
Ryan Swope, Texas A&M (April 4)
Justin Hunter, Tennessee (April 8)
Zach Rogers, Tennessee (April 9)
Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech (April 10)

Tight End
Ryan Griffin, Connecticut (April 5)

Defensive End
Barkevious Mingo, LSU (April 8)

Outside Linebacker
Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi (April 3)
Jarvis Jones, Georgia (April 5)
Dion Jordan, Oregon (April 10)

Inside Linebacker
Kevin Minter, LSU (April 4)
Alec Ogletree, Georgia (April 10)

Safety
Malcolm Bronson, McNeese State (April 2)
Cooper Taylor, Richmond (April 2)
Jonathan Meeks, Clemson (April 3)
Kenny Vaccaro, Texas (April 4)

Players who will reportedly visit that haven't yet:
CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (Albert Breer, NFL.com)
S Philip Thomas, Fresno State (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)
QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)
QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (Jim Corbett, USA Today)
FB Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (Tony Pauline, DraftInsider.net)

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