I also think it will not be possible for the Bills to trade down in this draft. So we roll the dice that we hold now, 9 picks in 7 rounds. Below is the mock I hope plays out next weekend.
Rd 1, Pick 9 - Derrick Morgan, OLB Georgia Tech - Chan Gailey and the GT mafia select one of their own after learning that Mr. Schobel is staying in TX to retire. Morgan, a starter on opening day, plays the Strong Side OLB as stout versus run and can bring pressure from the outside opposite Maybin on passing downs.
Rd 2, Pick 41 - Rodger Saffold, LT Indiana - Again, a player with ties to OBD as his college position coach at Indiana, Bobby Johnson, is now Bills Asst OLine coach. Starter on opening day.
Rd 3, Pick 72 - Linval Joseph, NT ECU - here's a player moving up the board as his play last year, size (6'5" 329 lbs) coupled with speed/strength (4.95s 40 at ProDay and 39 reps on the bench. Will platoon with Kyle Williams in YR 1
Rd 4, Pick 107 - Taylor Price, WR, Ohio - This will be a value pick if he still is on board but here's a guy with 4.4 speed and fluidness in his route running that will serve him well as a pro. 6'1/2" tall at 205 lbs he has the size to play every down outside or in the slot. Exceptional talent will result in his being our #3 WR in 2010.
Rd 5, Pick 140 - Arthur Jones, DE, Syracuse - Value pick this late as injuries have dropped his stock. Bills already had him in for a looksee - Eventual replacement for Stroud but platoons as a rookie.
Rd 6, Pick 178 - Ciron Black, OL, LSU - Large (6'5" 330 lbs) 4 year starter who played LT in college but will be an OG or RT at the pro level. Tons of big game experience and versatility makes him a great backup as a rookie and replacement for Green in a couple years.
Rd 6, Pick 192 - Travis Goethel, ILB, ASU - Bills LB coaches were one of 4 teams that took in his Pro Day. Insurance if (when in the case of Poz) if Davis, Poz or Mitchell go down. A football player with 4.6 speed in 40 coupled with a 4 year career as starter and ST versatility. Makes sense dor depth as Harris, Ellison too small to play inside in 3-4.
Rd 7, Pick 209 - Nate Byham, TE., Pitt - Big (6'4" 265 lb) blocking TE from a pro style offense. Another 4 year starter who played second fiddle to the quicker, flashier Dickerson but made the Pitt running game go. Like Goethel, a lunch pail player. Brings some physicality to Bills TE position.
Rd 7, Pick 216 - Deji Karim, RB, Southern Ilinois University. This Saluki is a scatback with some power at 5'81/2" and 209 lbs. 4.4 Speed with 43" vertical and 10'3" broad jump scream athleticism. Raw with low mileage and lots of upside in the spread offense formation.
The key point of this draft is to get bigger and better along the Dline, Oline and LB position while adding some talent and specific skills at the WR, TE and RB spot. Your thoughts???