Buddy Nixon’s Training Camp Fantasy Draft

Updated: August 10, 2011

One of the challenges with Training camp is that the roster gets filled with a myriad of undrafted rookies and unknown journeymen to give the team enough personnel to run drills, develop prospects on the practice squad, and even make the final 53 man roster if they can make enough big plays. The fact that the new CBA allows for an extra 10 roster spots in camp exacerbates that issue, leaving many Bills fans uncertain as to just who the hell a lot of these guys are, and where they stand relative to their position.

To help alleviate this issue, rather than give a player by player breakdown, the writers at Buddy Nixon thought they would draw upon their in depth working knowledge of their roster and have a Training Camp Fantasy Draft. The format was pretty simple: We held a 25 round draft, drafting a total of 75 players. Players score points for their status as of the 53 man roster cuts at the end of the preseason, according to the following chart:

  •  3 points for starter
  • 2 points for 53 man roster
  • 1 point for practice squad player

A couple more notes: Starters are mostly standard positions, except on offense we replaced FB with WR3, as that figures to better reflect how the team plans to line up this year. Also, we added a nickel CB as a starter, and no starter points were awarded for specialists.

So, without further ado, here are the results.

Starter Range


Sniper BroJ Topher


Kyle Williams dl Ryan Fitzpatrick qb Marcell Dareus dl


Andy Levitre og Steve Johnson wr Eric Wood og


Jairus Byrd s Lee Evans wr Nick Barnett ilb


Shawne Merriman olb Leodis McKelvin cb Demetrius Bell ot


Drayton Florence cb Chris Kelsay olb George Wilson s


Andra Davis ilb Fred Jackson rb Arthur Moats ilb


Dwan Edwards dl Kraig Urbik og Erik Pears ot


Terrence McGee cb Bryan Scott s Aaron Williams cb


Roscoe Parrish wr CJ Spiller rb Alex Carrington dl


David Nelson wr Tyler Thigpen qb Scott Chandler te


Kyle Williams was an obvious first overall selection… Andy Levitre has been the best o lineman for the past 2 years… Jairus Byrd’s  lack of depth behind him keeps him as a starter… Shawne Merriman could be a steal in the fourth, he’s been the best player in camp so far… Drayton Florence’s new 15 million dollar contract should keep him as opening day starter… Andra Davis and Dwan Edwards were instrumental in the 3-4 transition, and should continue to be if they stay healthy… Terrence McGee has been getting looks in the slot, but his contract could make him anything from a starter to cut… Roscoe Parrish is a favorite of Coach Gailey’s coming off an injury shortened bounce-back year…. David Nelson is another guy who could get a look at the slot WR role.


Ryan Fitzpatrick because the starting QB is the most sure fire bet to start, but this is due to lack of competition rather than skill. Sorry Fitz… Steve Johnson was the breakout star of last season, guaranteed a starting job… Lee Evans was picked before these trade rumors surfaced, and now I’m a little scared. Can I substitute whoever gets traded for in this spot? Even a pick? That’s sort of like a player… Leodis McKelvin I think is still the most talented CB on the team, he’ll be one of the 3 starters… Chris Kelsay is disliked, and not seen as a starting OLB. But he’s made the starting line up for 20 straight years, making this a safe bet at pick 14… Fred Jackson could lose his starting role to CJ Spiller by the start of the season, but it’s not likely. No way Jackson gets cut… Kraig Urbik is the starter for now despite a total lack of confidence. Possible steal… Bryan Scott could start if George Wilson doesn’t work because Scott has starting experience and a leg up on tackling… Tyler Thigpen here only because I know he’ll make the team. He’s the backup, no questions asked.


Marcell Dareus should immediately be a stud at DT, no way he doesn’t start… Eric Wood is the leader of the offensive line transitioning to the C position, and Nick Barnett is the heart and soul of the defense despite being a free agent… Demetrius Bell and George Wilson get the nods at LT and S due to no depth behind them… Arthur Moats was selected before they moved him to inside LB… Erik Pears again gets nod as the only other OT with serious experience… Aaron Williams was a first round talent who has showed in camp so far before getting injured… Alex Carrington figures to be the first D linemen in an injury, and has even gotten looks at OLB… Scott Chandler is a steal as a possible starter here, Chan cares more about blocking than he does receiving from his tight ends.


Depth and Practice Squad Range


Sniper BroJ Topher


Torell Troup dl Kelvin Sheppard ilb Mansfield Wrotto ot


Rian Lindell st Brad Smith qb Danny Batten olb


Brian Moorman st Da’Norris Searcy s Reggie Torbor olb


Spencer Johnson dl Johnny White rb Geoff Hangartner og


Donald Jones wr David Martin te Shawn Nelson te


Corey McIntyre rb Chris Hairston ot Chad Rinehart og


Reggie Corner cb Justin Rogers cb Garrison Sanborn st


Chris White ilb Antonio Coleman olb Cordaro Howard og


Michael Jasper dl Marcus Easley wr Ed Wang ot


Jason Watkins ot Aaron Maybin olb Domonic Cook cb


Jon Corto s Naaman Roosevelt wr Felton Huggins wr


Jehuu Caulcrick rb Levi Brown qb Vai Taua rb


Zach Pianalto te Lionel Dotson dl Colin Brown ot


Emmanuel Moody rb Kamar Aiken wr Reid Forrest st


Rajiric Coleman s Sidney Glover s Donte Whitner s


Torell Troup was really coming on strong as the coaches moved him around a bit, until he got hurt… Rian Lindell is still kicking strong, has a few solid years left… Spencer Johnson is one of the better players available, but could be cut for his pricetag… Donald Jones is a solid special teams player, and came on strong at WR when starters went down last year… Corey McIntyre won’t get points for starting, but is a lock to make the roster, the heart and soul of my team… Reggie Corner is returning from PUP, one of the best 5th corners in the league…  Chris White could benefit from the lack of ILB presence and snag a remaining roster spot… Michael Jasper is many people’s camp favorite, and the new Stevie J. At a bare minimum will make the practice squad… Jason Watkins could crack the roster on our thin o line… Jon Corto will look to make the team on strong special teams play… Jehuu Caulcrick has versatility at HB and FB, may make the team with an injury… Zach Pianalto was a priority UDFA, could make the team with so much uncertainty at TE… Emmanuel Moody a former top recruit at USC (cut week 1)… Rajiric Coleman is a practice squad pick, I expect him to compete at a thin safety position.


 Kelvin Sheppard was part of my make the team strategy, which he will despite his struggle getting on the field… Brad Smith: 4 years, 15 million… Da’Norris Searcy: See Sheppard, Kelvin… Johnny White: See Searcy: Da’Norris… David Martin is my first pick to possibly get cut, but TE is a mishmash, anyone could make it… Chris Hairston should make the team because he was drafted… Justin Rogers has been pretty impressive in the limited time he’s had with good speed and ball skills… Antonio Coleman was my pick of the draft. At pick 53, he’s shown lots of promise and looks like he’ll be the first OLB off the bench (and with Merriman’s health, maybe even a starter)… Marcus Easley has me holding my breath… Aaron Maybin double holding my breath… Naaman Roosevelt has looked great in camp so far, is experienced, and has built rapport with Fitz… Levi Brown is hoping they keep three QBs plus Brad Smith. If not, he still has practice squad eligibility… Lionel Dotson was chosen because DE was looking fairly shallow outside the starters… Kamar Aiken has a cool name… Sidney Glover: see Lionel Dotson, but replace ‘DE’ with ‘Safety’.



Mansfield Wrotto played with Chan at GT, but will be right in the mix with any sort of competenet play… Danny Batten will finally get the chance to validate the buzz after spending last year on IR… Reggie Torbor was a veteran experience pick, could start… Geoff Hangartner is no longer the starting C, doesn’t appear to be in team’s plans… Shawn Nelson has the most talent in this TE group, hopefully he stays on the field… Chad Rinehart should find himself on the roster because of his experience… Garrison Sanborn is the only longsnapper on the roster (I think)… Cordero Howard is another GT player back from the PUP… Ed Wang has been getting 2nd team reps, despite looking underwhelming… Domonic Cook  has already been placed on IR, maybe next year… Felton Huggins is in camp yet again, practice squad not an option for him… Vai Taua was picked because of his great college production, but still got cut… Colin Brown will have a chance as a UDFA due to lack of depth… Reid Forrest is a speculative pick, but him making the team and Moorman getting cut is a very real scenario I don’t think many fans realize… Donte Whitner was picked last, and therefore Fantasy Training Camp’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’. A double entendre if I ever saw one.



Sniper - 

1-10: 29

11-25: 16

Total: 45

BroJ -

1-10: 24

11-19: 20

Total: 44

Topher - 

1-10: 27

11-25: 8

Total: 33