I think that for this mock draft - my final entry in this year's Rumblings Authors Mock series - I am going to go against one of my preferences when doing a mock draft. Normally I dislike including trades, mainly because I think that as Buffalo Bills fans we tend to give our team too much compensation and overrate our own talent. That said, I think that this year could see a few trades by the Bills, so I will give it a try. I was going to include a Jason Peters trade, but I no longer have to speculate about that.
The Bills send Roscoe Parrish to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for the Cowboys' Round 6 (No. 197 overall) pick in 2009. The Cowboys were third from the bottom of the league last year with a terrible 6.4-yard punt return average; compare that to the Bills, who were No. 1 with a 15.5-yard average. Roscoe gives the Cowboys and upgrade at returner at minimal cost. Why so low on the compensation you ask? How much would you give for a guy who is basically just a punt returner who is making what Roscoe is?
After trading Jason Peters and my prognostication about the Roscoe Parrish deal, that gives the Bills the following picks: 11, 28, 42, 75, 110, 121, 147,183, 197, 220. Here is what they do with those ten picks:
1-11: Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi. After trading Jason Peters, tackle now becomes a huge need for the Bills, and Oher is probably the best one left on the board at this point. Oher also has the ability to play guard, which makes him even more valuable to the Bills since they have a hole there also.
1-28: Alex Mack, C, California. I'm not sure that the Bills would ideally like to take two linemen this high. They would most likely prefer to add a DE somewhere here. Alex Mack however would be just too darn good to pass up. The Bills need more
Kiss Ass Kick Ass toughness on the offensive line, and Mack has that in spades. I think that Geoff Hangartner still stays at center and Mack is a guard, but who really cares where they play?
2-42: Fili Moala, DT, USC. For those of you who are still pining for Haloti Ngata, fear not - Moala is Ngata's cousin. The 6'4", 305-pound Moala has plenty of size and will fit into the Bills' DT rotation quite nicely.
3-75: Marcus Freeman, LB, Ohio State. There could be several options still on the board to fill the OLB spot for the Bills. However, their compulsion towards OSU players compels them to grab Freeman. Freeman is a solid blitzer who, at least initially, can be subbed for by Keith Ellison when needed to drop into coverage.
4-110: Phillip Hunt, DE, Houston. A little late for a DE? Sure. But let's be honest - Schobel and Kelsay are the starters, and Ryan Denney is going to play a prominent role also. The Bills need a guy who an come in on passing downs, pin his ears back, and go get the QB. Hunt can be that guy - then maybe next year when at least one of the Trio of Suck leaves, Hunt can have a bigger role.
4-121: Sherrod Martin, S, Troy State. Martin has good timed speed, 4.46 in the 40 at his pro day, and has decent ball skills recording 4 picks this past season. He was of course also a teammate of Leodis McKelvin last year.
5-147: Davon Drew, TE, East Carolina. I have touted the likes of Bear Pascoe and Davon Drew for quite some time now, and here is why: the Bills are going to put an onus on running the football this year. If Derek Fine gets hurt and misses some time, like he did last year, that will leave Derek Schouman as the top TE on the Bills roster. Schouman isn't the best blocker around, so if Fine goes down it could really hurt the Bills' run game if their next best blocking TE is a guy like Chase Coffman or Jared Cook. Give me a blocker.
6-183: Lee Robinson, OLB, Alcorn State. A solid depth pick here. Robinson is athletic enough to comtribute on special teams right away and could develop into a pretty solid player. Robinson was an All-SWAC First Team qualifier as a senior.
6-197: Dallas Reynolds, C/G, BYU. Reynolds was an All-Mountain West first team performer, and was the leader of a unit that blocked for one of the top offenses in the nation. At 6'5" and 328 pounds, Reynolds is a massive road grader who is easily an upgrade over the mercifully-departed Duke Preston.
7-220: Mark Hafner, FB, Houston. I know some of you love Quinn Johnson and Tony Fiammetta, but Hafner is a great receiver out of the backfield. He finished his senior season by catching 86 passes for 907 yards and 11 scores. Given Trent Edwards' love of the check down pass, Hafner's hands could prove invaluable. Next Larry Centers?
Alright, let's hear it. I know most of you will hate the the fact that I didn't take a DE until round four, and I know that plenty of you want a TE that can stretch the field so I doubt that this will win too many of you over. I am OK with that. I will settle for an I told you so.