This mock will focus on strengthening the offensive and defensive lines. It is my opinion that a combination of injury, lack of talent on the roster, lack of availability of impact Free Agents do to the current CBA situation, and the switch to the 3-4 defense makes drafting line heavy a very prudent move. I hope the Bills take a similar approach come April.
Outside of QB, we have no greater need than LT. I assume Clausen and Bradford will be gone, so that leaves no QB worthy of being considered this high. Bell may be a LT, but due to his performance last season at the position, I would rather pencil him in at RT. We can't afford to take the chance of not landing a franchise LT again this year. Time to draft some competition for Bell and let the loser play RT. Butler can battle the loser for the RT position if he can stay healthy.
1 - LT - Bryan Bulaga Height: 6-6 Weight: 312 - Bulaga is my #1 LT and I hope he doesn't go sooner than expected. Bulaga is the nastiest LT in this year's draft. He reminds me of Oher, who the Bills should have taken…..but I digress. Bulaga has the prototypical quick feet and long arms that you look for. He makes his block and then looks for someone else to hit. He might lack some of the power that Davis has, but that is nothing an NFL weight room can't fix. Imagine a left side of Bulaga and Levitre.
Wood's injury was nasty. I have serious doubts as to whether he will be ready to start come September. Either way, I think we need another Guard. I would like to see Wood moved to Center, with Hang as the backup.
2 - G - Vladimir Ducasse Height: 6-5 Weight: 330 - To bad he had to have such a great Sr Bowl or we would have been able to get him in the 3rd. In case you can't tell, I am determined to fix the O-line with some depth to spare. Wood moves to C and Ducasse takes his place at RG. “Excellent size with a huge frame and long arms --- Tough, physical and aggressive --- Very strong --- Good athleticism and agility --- Quick and fires off the snap --- Light on his feet --- Gets an outstanding push in the run game --- Stout at the point of attack and can anchor --- Mobile with range to pull, get out in space and reach the second level --- Is feisty and competitive with a nasty on-field demeanor --- Zealous work ethic --- Is versatile --- Durable --- Experienced --- Considerable upside.” http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OT/Vladimir-Ducasse.php
I would rather not see Williams as our starting NT. Here is a guy who is more of what we are looking for in a 3-4 NT.
3 - NT - Torrell Troup Height: 6-3 Weight: 314 - Troup is the 3rd best NT behind Williams and Cody and has enough talent to start for the Bills at NT. Has the frame to put on more weight. Strong at the point of attack which helps him be a good run stuffer. Hard worker and seems very likable.
4. DE - Brandon Deaderick Height: 6-4 Weight: 295 - Rotational DE to start the season with the potential to start by the end of the year. “In addition to his toughness, Deaderick also possesses an impressive combination of size and speed. He stands at 6'4'', 296 pounds and he has been clocked under 4.90 in the 40-yard dash. He needs to work on his strength--especially upper body--as he often gets handled by the bigger offensive tackles. Deaderick has plenty of experience in the 3-4 defense, and he projects as a stellar contributor for any NFL team that uses such a formation. While he can get along just fine in a 4-3, his draft position will most likely be boosted (presumably for a team that runs the 3-4 defense) by his 3-4 specialty. ” http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2241
5 - ILB - Micah Johnson Height: 6-2 Weight: 256 - If not for injury, Johnson would go much higher and might not last this long. If his MCL tear is not healed enough and he is not able to participate in the combine, Johnson could fall to us here. He is the stack and shed linebacker we need in the middle. Very explosive with good sideline to sideline range. Huge upside.
6 - QB - John Skelton Height: 6-5 Weight: 250 - Anyone who knows me knows I have to include a developmental QB in my mock. Skelton is a poor mans Flacco. He lacks some of the polish Flacco had, but the potential is there. “East-West Shrine Tuesday Practice: None of the East quarterbacks, John Skelton (Fordham), Daryll Clark (Penn State) and Mike Kafka (Northwestern), had particularly strong days. Skelton clearly has the best size and arm strength, but failed to hit his target most times. It's difficult for quarterbacks and receivers to get on the same page early in the week, so even though Skelton couldn't connect with receivers downfield, the fact he could drive the ball deep while the Big Ten quarterbacks struggled to do so is still in his favor.” - Chad Reuter, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com
7 - NT - Kade Weston Height: 6-5 Weight: 325 - Developmental NT. Can't find much on this guy yet.. Maybe some of our Georgia fans can fill us in?