Tannehill headlines five visitors to One Bills Drive
by Joe Buscaglia,posted Apr 17 2012 10:20AM
With the deadline to bring prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft looming on Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills brought in what will likely be their final pre-draft visitors to team facilities on Tuesday.
According to BuffaloBills.com, Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming all made the visit to One Bills Drive.
If this were two months ago, Ingram visiting would probably be the headline. But with both Mario Williams and Mark Anderson signed to the Bills via free agency, combined with how Buddy Nix views the defensive end class at the top of the draft, it doesn't appear as though he'll be the player selected at 10.
Gilmore is an intriguing case. Numerous reports have him shooting up draft boards. Peter King of Sports Illustrated thinks he could go as high as seventh to Jacksonville. With the Bills in need of a cornerback, he could be on the short list of candidates the Bills could think about for their selection at tenth overall.
Fleming is a second-tier type of cornerback that could be had on the second day of the draft at some point. As for Tannehill, you can read about how to look in to his visit to Buffalo here.
All in all that's 26 total visits that were reported. Teams are allowed a grand total of 30, so it's very possible four players snuck in and out of Buffalo without it being reported.
Notable absences from the list of reported pre-draft visits are Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.