ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Bills owned two picks in the 6th round of the draft. They used those picks to acquire linebacker Tony Steward out of Clemson and tight end Nick O’Leary out of Florida State. Steward himself admits, he did not see the pick coming.
“I am pretty shocked, honestly,” Steward explained. “I didn’t really talk to the Bills. I talked to Rex Ryan a little bit. It was a big surprise and a it’s a dream come true. It is exciting.”
In 2014 Steward had 73 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a team-high 13 quarterback pressures. Steward has torn his ACL in each of his knees but the Bills say they are not concerned about his health.
“We feel clean, we feel good about it and Coach Ryan has known him for a long time too, obviously the Clemson connection with his son and he fits a need as far as special team back up linebackers, special teams right and challenge to start,” Monos explained.
In 2014 tight end Nick O’Leary won the John Mackey Award, given to the top tight end in the nation. He logged 48 receptions for 618 yards and six receiving touchdowns. Despite his success the 6-3, 247-pound Florida native has received his fair share of criticism.
“He’s been productive his whole career,” Monos explained. “And everybody tells you he’s not the fastest, he’s not the tallest, he’s not the most athletic but then you watch him and all he does is make plays on one the best teams in the country.