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PFF’s Highest Rated Bills Player From The Last 4 Draft Classes (Answer May Surprise You)

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The top individual career grade from a member of the last four draft classes in Buffalo.

 

I was shocked to see Levi Wallace on the list.  First off, because he wasn’t actually drafted and I don’t consider really him a member of last year’s draft class.  He did play well last season but he only saw limited action.  So it’s kind of like the baseball player who hits .380 during the first 2 weeks of the season

 

But second I was surprised to see him rated higher than TreDavious White and Ron Darby.  

 

Also so according to PFF Darby and White are basically the same caliber.  Personally I always thought White was much better.

 

I think Shaq’s average 68 rating is spot on for him.  

 

 

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Not too surprising. It's pretty much Tre White. Levi Wallace has a pretty small sample size, playing for less than a season.

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Sample size and context.  White moves around and often but not always takes the #1 WR.  Darby was able to play opposite Gilmore.  Let's all hope Wallace is a true UDFA gem.  If both he and Foster continue to improve and do not regress that would be huge. They would be cheap and the team controls their ability to move with restricted FA tenders.

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When an anomaly like Levi Wallace turning out to be "the best" when he played less than a full season --all of 7 games --  I have to question what criteria/methodology PFF used.  It seems to me that a lot of their ratings tend to favor pretty average players over better players.

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Just now, SoTier said:

When an anomaly like Levi Wallace turning out to be "the best" when he played less than a full season --all of 7 games --  I have to question what criteria/methodology PFF used.  It seems to me that a lot of their ratings tend to favor pretty average players over better players.

 

I don’t think anyone quite knows the formula they use 

3 minutes ago, NewEra said:

He wasn’t drafted 

 

Right, part of the reason why he should surprise you as a choice

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8 minutes ago, NewEra said:

He wasn’t drafted 

He’s still considered part of the league’s 2018 draft class. 

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First; Wallace is EXACTLY like a guy who's hitting .400 with 20 AB's. Let's see if he can keep it up.

 

Second; 80.6(White) and 76.1(Darby) are not as close as you think.

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Surprised not to see Nathan Peterman on that top 3. He completed a high % of his passes, very accurate & anticipation.

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29 minutes ago, Dr.Sack said:

Surprised not to see Nathan Peterman on that top 3. He completed a high % of his passes, very accurate & anticipation.

 

Plus I heard he improved his arm strength over the off season.

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Kyle Williams is the best running back in the history of the team …. he scored a touchdown every time he ran the ball. He is also the best receiver in the history of the team …. he caught 100% of the passes thrown to him.

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49 minutes ago, LSHMEAB said:

First; Wallace is EXACTLY like a guy who's hitting .400 with 20 AB's. Let's see if he can keep it up.

 

Second; 80.6(White) and 76.1(Darby) are not as close as you think.

Fair point. Same was said when he was at Alabama, first as a walk on and later as a scholarship player. He was the CB offenses targeted given all of ‘Bama’s other DB talent and he just kept getting better. My money is in Wallace to stay on the trajectory he’s on. 

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53 minutes ago, Dr.Sack said:

Surprised not to see Nathan Peterman on that top 3. He completed a high % of his passes, very accurate & anticipation.

 

Unfortunately those completions were to the opponent. 

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4 minutes ago, K-9 said:

Fair point. Same was said when he was at Alabama, first as a walk on and later as a scholarship player. He was the CB offenses targeted given all of ‘Bama’s other DB talent and he just kept getting better. My money is in Wallace to stay on the trajectory he’s on. 

I'm not down on Wallace. As a matter of fact, I like him quite a bit. Just noting that the sample size isn't nearly large enough. He wouldn't "qualify" for the batting title as they say in baseball. Nevertheless, I do think he's a keeper. 

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2 minutes ago, LSHMEAB said:

I'm not down on Wallace. As a matter of fact, I like him quite a bit. Just noting that the sample size isn't nearly large enough. He wouldn't "qualify" for the batting title as they say in baseball. Nevertheless, I do think he's a keeper. 

All of which is why I agree it’s a fair point to make. I’m just noting that every time he’s increased his sample size, he’s proven himself.

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5 minutes ago, jabu said:

 

Unfortunately those completions were to the opponent. 

 

But the ball rarely touched the ground! That’s worth something, right? 

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2 hours ago, SoTier said:

When an anomaly like Levi Wallace turning out to be "the best" when he played less than a full season --all of 7 games --  I have to question what criteria/methodology PFF used.  It seems to me that a lot of their ratings tend to favor pretty average players over better players.

We did play weaker opposition (except the NE game) the last 7 games. That said, Wallace, Foster and JA did impress in those games.

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2 hours ago, SoTier said:

When an anomaly like Levi Wallace turning out to be "the best" when he played less than a full season --all of 7 games --  I have to question what criteria/methodology PFF used.  It seems to me that a lot of their ratings tend to favor pretty average players over better players.

Well, they have to grade him on the games he played in, no? They can’t project him falling back down to earth and use that in the PFF grades for the games he’s actually played in. 

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1 hour ago, Joe in Winslow said:

I stopped at PFF

I agree there. People are putting too much stock into this stat recording 

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3 hours ago, Dr.Sack said:

Surprised not to see Nathan Peterman on that top 3. He completed a high % of his passes, very accurate & anticipation.

I do not think it counts when he throws it to the other team

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1 hour ago, IgotBILLStopay said:

We did play weaker opposition (except the NE game) the last 7 games. That said, Wallace, Foster and JA did impress in those games.

 

1 hour ago, Bills2ref said:

Well, they have to grade him on the games he played in, no? They can’t project him falling back down to earth and use that in the PFF grades for the games he’s actually played in. 

 

Their criteria/methodology is flawed plain and simple.  How can they realistically evaluate rookies who have not played even 1 complete NFL season against +

veterans who have 3 or 4 seasons of experience?   Rookies shouldn't be included, plain and simply.  The history of the NFL is littered with great looking rookies who crashed and burned in subsequent seasons as well as rookies who sucked in their first season and turned into All Stars -- or like Brady and Mahomes, barely played but had extraordinary success as sophomores.

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26 minutes ago, SoTier said:

 

 

Their criteria/methodology is flawed plain and simple.  How can they realistically evaluate rookies who have not played even 1 complete NFL season against +

veterans who have 3 or 4 seasons of experience?   Rookies shouldn't be included, plain and simply.  The history of the NFL is littered with great looking rookies who crashed and burned in subsequent seasons as well as rookies who sucked in their first season and turned into All Stars -- or like Brady and Mahomes, barely played but had extraordinary success as sophomores.

But their method isn’t to project for you players who may play well in the future. They are there to evaluate players in games they have played. If a 3-4 year veteran outplays that rookie in the 8 games he played in that season then he will be ranked higher. 

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