03/06/2013 - 2013 Buffalo Pro Day: Western New York native Steven Means grew up a Buffalo Bills fan. After four years on the gridiron for the University at Buffalo Bulls, Means has a chance to achieve his dream of reaching the NFL. On Tuesday afternoon, the senior flaunted his athletic prowess in front of 18 NFL teams in the Bills' practice facility. Twenty-one scouts watched, took notes and recorded iPad videos as Means worked out alongside seven other participants: fellow UB seniors Gokhan Ozkan and Willie Moseley, former UB punter Jacob Schum, former UB basketball player Byron Mulkey, Albany's Jon Morgan, Buffalo State's Pasquale Vacchio and Alfred University's Jon Jackson.
Ten NFL teams made the trip to Buffalo last year for the annual pro day. Means said the eight-team increase says a lot about UB's football program. "It says people are looking now," said Means, who had 77 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three blocked kicks in his final year. "They aren't treating us as a joke. This program is getting bigger and bigger ... Confidence is going to be built in this program." - Aaron Mansfield, University at Buffalo The Spectrum
03/06/2013 - 2013 Buffalo Pro Day: Means and Moseley have been preparing for the draft at Proformance Sports Training in the Northtown Center (former Pepsi Center) across from North Campus. Means, a freak athlete who starred in track and field and basketball at the local Grover Cleveland High School (now International Prep), is a rare physical specimen. At 6-foot-4, 257 pounds, Means fits the mold for an ideal outside linebacker. He said scouts have been impressed with how well he moves; Means ran an estimated 4.6-second 40-yard dash, though he was shooting for a 4.58. He also put up over 20 reps on the bench press (225 pounds). "The process is similar to coming from high school to college," Means said. "A lot of coaches call, but it's a lot better because it's the NFL."
Means said he always thinks he can do better, but the scouts seemed pleased with his pro-day performance. "As far as the reactions from the scouts, I feel like I did pretty good," he said. "Everybody's saying: ???Good job, good energy, good hustle out there, everything's good.'" - Aaron Mansfield, University at Buffalo The Spectrum
03/06/2013 - 2013 Buffalo Pro Day: A two-time All-Western New York selection at Grover Cleveland under coach Tony Alessi, Means finished his UB career last season with 18.5 sacks, fourth most in school history (dating to 1982). He weighed in at 6-foot-3??, 257 pounds Tuesday, and will likely play linebacker at the next level. "I felt like I tested pretty good with the scouts," he said. "The way I'm holding my weight and the way I'm moving, they were real impressed by that."
Means, who took over as a starter midway through his freshman season with UB, was in his comfort zone Tuesday. The former basketball player and track and field athlete has always counted his athleticism as one of his biggest attributes. "It's a test of athleticism and that's what I feed off of," he said. "I'm athletic enough to do these drills and be real good at them."
Means was particularly impressive in coverage drills, showing fluid change-of-direction speed and good hands. "Whatever I've got to do for the team," he said with a laugh when asked if he was auditioning to be a defensive back. "I'll snap the ball if I've got to." - Jay Skurski, Buffalo News
03/06/2013 - 2013 Buffalo Pro Day: While it hasn't always shown up in the wins column, evidence of the growth of the University at Buffalo football program could be seen Tuesday inside the Buffalo Bills' Fieldhouse. It was there that more than 20 scouts from 18 NFL teams came - stopwatches in hand - to watch former Bulls Steven Means, Willie Moseley and Gio Ozkan take part in UB Pro Day. Also in attendance were Bills General Manager Buddy Nix, Assistant GM Doug Whaley and head coach Doug Marrone. "It shows that we have a lot of teams at that next level that have a great interest in our players," said UB coach Jeff Quinn. "All the things I've been hearing have been very positive in terms of how the guys have been training, working hard and really showcasing their talent in front of these scouts."
Means, in particular, was turning heads. While each scout keeps - and closely guards - his own times, several said they clocked him in the 4.6-second range in the 40-yard dash. "He ran really, really well," said one AFC scout. "Means absolutely looked the part today," said another scout from an NFC team. - Jay Skurski, Buffalo News
12/03/2012 - 2012 ALL-MAC SECOND TEAM: Down Lineman - Steven Means, Buffalo, has been selected Second Team All-Mid-American Conference for the 2012 college football season. Means, named All-MAC for the first time, had the best season of his career in 2012. The senior defensive end had 77 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and three blocked kicks - all career highs. The Buffalo native ranked eighth in the MAC in sacks and sixth in tackles for loss. - Buffalo football