I told myself that I wouldn't do one of these too early. My rational was that it is too early and too many things change, I wanted to wait until after the combine at the earliest. Alas, my will power is too low and all it really took was to look at two or three other mocks and I was done.
A few things to keep in mind:
1 - I am convinced that new Bills GM Buddy Nix will go best player available when it comes to drafting. Just because this team needs a QB and a tackle really bad, I don't think he will overrate them too highly on his draft board. That means that if you get mad at this mock because I don't have a QB or OT in the first two rounds and that angers you, well then let me suggest you don't watch the draft live because you will only get even more pissed then.
2 - I fully admit that this is a very early mock, I am by no means married to any of these picks. Consider this a very rough draft.
3 - Please don't think that just because the team needs a particular position more then another that that is the position that will be filled first. In other words don't make a projected needs list and draft right down the list according to need. You will only set yourself up for disappointment.
Okay on to the draft.
Round 1 - pick #9 - Rolando McClain - LB - Alabama
As I said, best player available. McClain has not only been a starter but has called the defensive plays for the Crimson Tide since he was a freshman. If the Bills do indeed switch to a 3-4 defense having McClain in the middle lining up next to Poz will give the Bills a solid duo up the middle. This would be an outstanding pick and as of right now is the one guy who I like best for the Bills at this spot.
Round 2 - pick #41 - Jahvid Best - RB - Cal
This is guaranteed to be the most contested pick I put up here, but I have dealt with that stuff before. Plain and simple BPA. Before Best hurt his knee he was a lock for a top 5 pick. He was quite simply the best running back in the nation. Since his injury he has slipped into the second round in most mocks. I fully expect that once Best performs in the combine and Cal's pro day he will climb back into the first round, but until that happens he stays on the Bills radar in the second round. Fred Jackson is 30, and do I need to remind everyone why we can't trust Marshawn Lynch? Best would be a tremendous addition to this Bills offense and in two or three years people will be talking about what a steal this pick was.
Round 3 - pick #72 - Kyle Calloway - OT - Iowa
While his line mate and fellow tackle Bryan Bulaga gets most of the attention at Iowa, Calloway has become a very solid OT. While Calloway does project more as a right tackle then a left one, the Bills need solid o-line players, and adding a player like Calloway to hold down the right tackle spot to go with Levitre and a hopefully healthy Wood should give the Bills three very solid links in the O-line chain.
Round 4 - pick #104 - Torrell Troup - DT - Central Florida
A member of the All-Conference USA Second Team,Troup dominated the opposition during East-West Shrine practices. At 6-3 and 314 pounds, Troup has the size and ability to play the NT position in the 3-4 defense. Something the Bills will need if they do in fact make that switch. The Bills also need to think about a possible replacement for the aging Marcus Stroud.
Round 5 - pick #136 - Dan LeFevour - QB - Central Michigan
I am convinced that the Bills will take a QB in this draft, and that they will also take one later. I think the Bills will go with a veteran QB and groom a youngster for the future. LeFevour is still kinda raw, he hasn't played in a pro style offense and has a reputation as a guy who will tuck the ball in and run a little too soon. He will definitely need some coaching up but he has plenty of tools to work with.
Round 6 - pick #168 - Antonio Coleman - OLB (3-4) - Auburn
Not the fastest player for this position, but he has good size at 6-2 and 255 pounds. Production is also there. As a junior Coleman had 6 sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss. As a senior he recorded 10 sacks and 16.6 tackles for a loss. Coleman was also an All-SEC first team player. Size and depth for the LB position.
Estes was the All - WAC First team Center two years in a row. After starting 14 games at Guard his freshman year he moved to center and played every game the rest of his college career as the center for Rainbow Warriors, setting the NCAA record for consecutive starts at 54.
Chan Gailey taps into his roots and pulls out Howard. Howard made All - ACC second team in 2008 as a sophomore and was All - ACC first teamer this year as a senior. He had some trouble at the senior bowl practice with speed rushers but he is a powerful player that tends to do well in the run game.
Round 7 - pick #200 - Naaman Roosevelt - WR - Buffalo
The Bills tap into a local boy for their final pick. Roosevelt had plenty of production in his final two years for the Bulls. His junior stats were amazing finishing with 104 catches, 1,402 yards and 13 touchdowns. His numbers dropped for his senior campaign finishing with 70 grabs, 954 yards and nine touchdowns. Even with the drop off, 174 catches, 2,356 yards and 22 touchdowns in two years is pretty darn good.
Well that's it. Plenty will change, especially once the combine and pro days happen, and the compensation picks come out.