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Sammy Watkins, Zack Martin among three more pre-draft visitors


Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin and Canadian prospect Laurent Duvernay-Tardif made pre-draft visits with the Buffalo Bills today, the team announced.

Watkins likely will not be available when the Bills pick at ninth overall in the first round. The Clemson star ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. He owns or shares 23 Clemson records, including career receptions (240), receiving yards (3,391) and touchdowns (27).

Martin set a Notre Dame record by making 52 career starts, including 50 at left tackle. He may project as a guard for some teams based on his arm length (32 7/8 inches) but is considered one of the "safer" picks in the draft, with a low bust potential. He's expected to be picked in the first round.

Duvernay-Tardif, 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds, attended McGill University. The native of Quebec started 26 games the past three seasons at offensive tackle. Duvernay-Tardif did not attend the scouting combine, but at his pro day reportedly did 34 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press, had a 31.5-inch vertical leap and ran the 40 in about 5 seconds -- numbers on par with or better than several prospects at the combine.

He's an expected day three pick, somewhere between the fourth and seventh rounds.

The Bills have now hosted 25 prospects on pre-draft visits, of an allowed number of 30 from schools outside of Western New York.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

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