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Buffalo Bills have visit scheduled with Iowa DT Carl Davis


The Buffalo Bills have been one of the most aggressive teams this offseason, but new coach Rex Ryan and the Bills don't own a first-round pick, which means they potentially could be one of the most aggressive teams on draft day.

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Iowa's Carl Davis, one of the top defensive tackles in the draft, said Monday at Iowa's pro day that he will be visiting the Bills next month. If Buffalo truly is interested in Davis, it probably would need to move up in the draft -- the Bills' first pick comes 18th in the second round, which is 50th overall.


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But defensive tackle doesn't seem to be a position of need; the Bills started Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams at tackle last season, and both played at a high level, though Williams does turn 32 in June. In addition, Ryan probably will use some 3-4 sets, and how Davis would fit in those schemes is a mystery.

Davis (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) had a strong junior season but didn't consistently flash in 2014. Iowa's defense is predicated on its linebackers making a lot of plays, meaning it's the job of the defensive tackles to take on double teams and open up things for the linebackers.

Davis stood out at the Reese's Senior Bowl and also had a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, flashing athleticism that wasn't consistently on view at Iowa. Davis already was known for his strength -- he holds the school record for a "hang clean" by a defensive tackle at 415 pounds.

Davis is the No. 46 player overall on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's list of the top 50 players available and the No. 4 defensive tackle for analyst Lance Zierlein.

Still, finding help at safety, linebacker or guard and adding a young edge rusher would seem to be a higher priority for the Bills than a defensive tackle.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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