I recently did a mock draft and said I would try to stick to the buddy way of drafting from the evidence that we had last year. Boomsauce called me out on how I did not use small school players after round one. I am going to do a seven round mock for you guys where I will only use prospects from small schools after round 1. Warning some prospects may cause you to pull out and hair and say who the hell is that kid.
round 1 pick 3: Marcell Dareus DT Alabama Height/Weight: 6-3/319
I would love for the bills to pick a quarterback here. I just do not know if there is one I would take this high ,but if chix does believe in one of the two they should pick him here. I am not completely sold on either one so I will pass on them both. Buffalo needs all the help they can on the defensive side of the ball. One pick no matter how great will not fix everything. Marcell will not fix the run defense or the pass rush all by himself. Landing a blue chip defensive player will help the team achieve a much better front 7. Marcell would most likely play de for buffalo. He is a perfect fit for the defense in buffalo. He played in a 3-4 defense under nick saban. Nick Saban does not run a simple defense and this will only be an aid to marcell at the next level. Marcell has the size to have scheme versatility in the NFL. At Alabama he was moved around on the line to exploit mismatches something buffalo would be smart to do. Depending on how they pan out a starting line of marcell, torell, and Alex Carrington could very well become a formidable trio(not to forget Kyle Williams).round 2 pick 34 : Benjamin Ijalana OG/OT Villanova Height/Weight: 6-4/320
He can easily right now be considered one of the top small school prospects in the draft. He is one of the few small school propsects in the draft that everyone knows. He fills an obvious need for the bills at RT. Personally I did not even know villanova had a football team until recently . I do not think the hurnia surgey he had is going to effect his play this coming season in the nfl. His biggest detractor is some people say he is to short to play at tackle but he does have the 35 inch arms that it requires to play at right tackle.
round 3 pick 68: Brandon Burton CB Utah Height/Weight:6-0/185
He was the vocal leader of the secondary his senior year. He has the size and speed that it requires to play at the next level. He will need to work on his hands and footwork some. He is no stranger to special teams having played their his first two years including getting a game saving blocked field goal against rival BYU. He has alot of pontetial to be unlocked by the secondary coach of the buffalo bills.
round 4 pick 100: Chris Carter OLB Fresno State Height/Weight: 6-1/248
Chris Carter was the 2010 WAC defensive player of the year. He racked up 11 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss his senior season. He has studied philosphy and pre-law at fresno state so the mental tansition from a DE to OLB should not be a problem He brings a good repetoire of rushing moves to help him rush the passer at the next level. He has no proven abilties in covering the pass which this ability is something that would have to be explored in off season camps hopefully. The pass rushing ability that he has make him an intriging prospect in the 4th round.
round 4 pick 122: Rob Housler TE Florida Atlantic Height/Weight: 6-6/249
He had 39 catches for 639 yards and 4 touchdowns. He got second-team all conference honors in the sun belt. Many question if he can compete at the next level because of the competion that he faced. He will try to block for you but will need to bulk up in order to become an every down tight end for buffalo. I do not see him getting bigger as a problem he has an 80 inch wing span and did 22 reps at 225 on the bench press. He could become a nightmare for defensive coaches with his speed and size combination. He was tagged at 4.55 seconds in his 40 time. I am sure the first plan for him is to get him into a weight room and add some weight to his frame.
Round 5 pick 133: Jah Reid OT UCF Height/Weight: 6-8/325
Jah Reid came to UCF weighing 370 and he ends up leaving a durable starter. He leaves having no inury concerns/ He has amazing atheltecism for the size that he has. He does have the tendecy to rely on that size and athelcism to block his opponet rather then refin his tecnhique. He is an intriguing late round tackle prospect for the team that snags him. He has earned praise from scouts at the UCF pro day by redoing all his drills not just his positonal ones. He also is no stranger to special teams when he was a freshman and was not getting time on the field with the offensive he was getting time on the field at special teams play. If a coach can refine his techinque he could very well become a mid round steal a couple of years from now.
Round 6 pick 169: Joe Lefeged SS Rutgers Height/Weight:5-11/208
He is the only player in the big east to ever get defensive and special team player of the week honors. He got this from a performance against FIU where he blocked 2 punts, forced 2 fumbles, and intercepting a pass leading Rutgers to a 19-14 victory. He is somewhat one dimensiol of a player though. He is great against the run but has yet to show he has the skils to make plays in space to start in the nfl. He will contribute early because of the talent that he brings to the table on special teams. He could also be put in if needed on obvious running plays.
Round 7 pick 205: Zack Eskridge Qb MSU Height/Weight:6-3/226
This is the guy that buffalo takes as a young prospect in the draft since they did not take one early on. Zack has the size you look for in an nfl qb he could put on a little bit of weight. He has a good arm and has shown good acuracy at the level he has played at. He does not have any off field or major on field weakeness from what I can find on him. He seems to have what you want in an nfl quarterback except he played in a NCAA Division II school. He is easily the best player at MSU last year.It can be argued that he was one of the best players in NCAA II football last year. He set single season records for passing yards (3,295), passing touchdowns (29), completion percentage (71.3), pass efficiency rating (180.2), completions (236), average yards per pass (10.0) and passing yards per game (274.6). He also lead the NCAA Division II with a 180.2 pass efficiency rating. He also broke a NCAA Division II record that was 33 years old for completion percentage in a game with aa minimum of 20 passes by passing for 24 of 25 passes at 96% for 245 yards and two touchdowns. During his senior season he passed for at least 200 yards in each of MSU's 12 games including 4 games of 300 yards or more. In my opinion he is the best small school quarterback prospect if you do not count Colin Kaepernick. I would not complain if buffalo did not see anything in this years top 2 tiers of quarterbacks and waited until the seventh round to select Zack. Then picked their face of the franchise in next years draft.
Round 7 pick 244: Mario Harvey ILB Marshall Height/Weight:5-11/250
Mario was the best player that mashal had on defense. The problem was that marshall was lacking in talent during his time their. Last year marshall went 5-7. He was not invited to the nfl combine so he took the Marshall pro day as his time time to prove that he belonged on an nfl roster. He showed had a very strong postional drill showing. he also logged a 4.46 40 yard dash, a 32-inch vertical , 9-5 broad jump , a 4.19-second short shuttle , a 7.13 three-cone drill. While ar marshall he proved himself to be an energetic, aggresive , play making defender. He has alot of potential for a pick this late in draft and would carve out a place on the team in special teams until he unlocks that potential or he will stay as a good special teams players.
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