Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 1/15/09: #2 Junior CB, #14/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 1 in 2010 2008: All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection…The three-year starter had the best year of his outstanding collegiate career, capped by winning the Defensive MVP award at the Holiday Bowl...Byrd started all thirteen games at left cornerback and also handled the bulk of the punt return duties…Finished fourth on the team with 83 total tackles and second with 60 solo hits, adding 1.5 stops for minus 3 yards…Caused and recovered a fumble…Tied for the league lead with five interceptions, good for 52 yards in returns…Led the Ducks with 19 pass break-ups and ranked second in the league and third in the nation with a total of 26 passes defended (1.46 pg)…Finished third in the conference with a 12.31-yard average (20th nationally) on 26 punt returns for 320 yards and a touchdown…Benefited from tremendous strength as he joined a pair of current teammates in equaling the program's all-time power clean lift by a defensive back (330 lbs.) during the 2008 winter testing...Byrd started each of his final 37 contests during a 39-game career at left cornerback, recording 203 tackles (143 solos) with six stops for losses of 17 yards, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Deflected 53 passes, ranking fourth in school history behind Alex Molden (60, 1992-95), Steve Smith (56, 1998-2001) and Rashad Bauman (55, 1997-2001)…2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; PR: 7-63-9-0; 44 Sol-65 TT, 4 TFL, 1 SK, 7 INT, 15 PBU, 1 QBH, 3 FR, 1 FF; The Pacific-10 Conference's honorable mention all-league standout and leader in interceptions was the Ducks' fifth-leading tackler...2006: 13 GP; 11 GS; 40 Sol-56 TT, 0.5 TFL, 5 INT, 7 PBU, 1 FF; Earned Pac-10 Conference Co-Freshman Player-of-the- Year honors as well as second-team Freshman All-America acclaim (The Sporting News) after the former rover was pressed into a starting cornerback...2005: redshirt year.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 2/42 -- Jairus Byrd, CB/FS, 5-10, 207, Oregon...With free safety Ko Simpson falling out of favor, the Bills landed a top college cornerback who has the size and ball-hawking skills to project as a safety in the NFL. Byrd, son of former NFL Pro Bowler Gill Byrd, finished with 17 career interceptions for the Ducks, with 53 passes defended. He's a natural playmaker and a reliable tackler in the open field. Isn't a fierce hitter, however, and struggles to keep his hands free, which gets him into penalty trouble. Lack of straight-line closing speed limits his man coverage skills and makes him a better safety prospect. - by The Sports Xchange
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01/09/13 - FS Jairus Byrd, a pending unrestricted free agent, will garner a lot of interest on the open market. "Now that the season is over, yeah, it's only natural (to look)," said Byrd, a former Pro Bowler who finished with five interceptions and is among the team's best tacklers. "I'll go home and relax, talk to some people, and see what happens. I'm not in control of (staff changes). That's over my head, so I'm just rolling with the punches and whatever needs to happen will happen."
12/28/12 - FS Jairus Byrd, who is tied for the AFC lead with five interceptions, did not make the Pro Bowl in voting revealed Wednesday. He's a good candidate to go as an alternate. His 18 picks since 2009 are third most in the NFL during that span.
12/26/12 - FS Jairus Byrd has forced four fumbles this season, most by a Bill since Aaron Schobel's five in 2007 and most by a defensive back since Nate Clements had four in 2004.
12/13/12 - FS Jairus Byrd, who becomes a free agent in 2013, is having a very good contract year. He's second on the team in tackles with 70, third in passes defended with six, and leads the team with five interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The Bills have opened contract talks with Byrd.
11/23/12 - FS Jairus Byrd enters Sunday's game at Indianapolis with 17 career interceptions, tied with two others for 15th place on the team's career list. The Bills are 8-5 when he has a pick.