Orchard Park (WKBW) After going offense with the first two picks in the draft the Buffalo Bills switched to defense in the third round on Friday night. The Bills selected inside linebacker Preston Brown out of Louisville with the 73rd pick.
Brown stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 251 pounds. He was a three-year starter at Louisville and played in 36 for the Cardinals during his college career. Brown finished with 301 tackles and 7 sacks. The Bills see Brown adding depth at middle linebacker in the 4-3 behind Brandon Spikes, he also has the ability to play on the strong side. Brown will also be counted on to contribute on special teams.
Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos on Preston Brown
Q: Can you describe what you like about Preston Brown?
A: First off, right off the bat he played at a high program. Lot of production, lot of good character guys there and played for a great head coach at Louisville. He was consistent for three years as a starter and fit a lot of things we’re looking for.
Q: What are some of those things you were looking for?
A: Physically? Physically he has size right off the bat. He plays hard; you see him all over the field. He plays on the other side of the ball and has good tackles for loss. He can go side to side. He’s probably better against the run than the pass right now, but he can do both. He’s a very good athlete.
Q: Does he have special teams ability?
A: He will. He runs well and is a good athlete.
Q: Did he make calls for them?
Q: After focusing on offense, what led you to turn the attention on to the defense?
A: I’ll give you the general line; he was the highest guy on our board. (Laughs) No, I had to say that. Really our linebacker depth, I know we addressed it in free agency, but we still want to keep adding depth to that position.
Q: Can you describe your linebacker group? It’s kind of transformed form last year.
A: Completely different. It’s a different defense so it had to. With the free agent signings, that is more of a coaching thing. We’ll see how they’re used, but I think it’s going to be a battle. That’s what we’re trying to do, create competition at the position.
Q: All three guys you picked were in for visits. Does that show the importance of that in your process or is it more just a coincidence?
A: I would say more of a coincidence. I’ve been with teams where we had thirty guys and didn’t get any of them. I’d say it’s more of a coincidence.
Q: Is he best suited to play on the strong side or weak side?
A: That will be a coaching thing. He can do both in my opinion. He’s done it, but that will be more up to the staff.
Q: He played more middle for them right?
A: Yeah. We see him a little bit as a Mike right now, but he’s versatile enough.
Q: Is the plan to have Jerry Hughes as a defensive end in the new defensive system?
A: Jerry will get the first crack at it as a defensive end.
Q: Is that the same thing for Manny Lawson?
A: Manny is going to play defensive end.
LB Preston Brown Conference Call
Friday, May 9, 2014
Q: Welcome to Buffalo. What is your reaction and what are your thoughts on coming to Buffalo?
A: I’m just overjoyed and excited right now and ready to get to work.
Q: What makes you excited as far as the opportunity you might have with the Bills?
A: Yeah, just coming in as a third round pick, I’m excited to get off the board on day two. That was a big relief for me. Just going there and trying to help the team out anyway I can. Special teams, linebacker, any position I can to help the defense win games.
Q: How do you describe your playing style?
A: Just being around the ball as much as possible. That’s one thing I try to do, I try to be around the ball and slide to the ball. Pursuit, I’m always going to be the guy trying to rip the ball out and be around the ball. Any aspect of being around the ball I feel I’m going to be there.
Q: What were your thoughts after your visit?
A: Buffalo as a city, I thought it was a nice town. It reminds me a little bit of my hometown of Cincinnati. It’s kind of a big city, but still kind of quiet. That was good to see and the staff I really enjoyed being around those guys for the duration of that day. It was a good visit.
Q: Are you familiar with Eric Wood?
A: I know him personally. He comes in to lift sometimes at Louisville, so I’ve talked to him here and there, but I had no idea we’d end up being teammates.
Q: Do you mostly play at the Mike?
A: I played Mike the last two years, but the first two years I was strong side. I feel I’m capable of playing any of the three.