All in all, I think Bills fans are happy that the Bills draft DL Marcell Dareus third overall in the draft. He is a solid player in college with 11 sacks and also contributes big in stopping the run. He is a perfect fit for the Bills hybrid defense as he has the speed to play on the end, but easily has the bulk to double as a defensive tackle (although if Mel Kiper had his way, Dareus would switch to NT and then probably more Kyle Williams to the end instead). Incidentally, if you go to the First Round of this series, Dareus won with 38% of the vote, while 23% wanted Von Miller and 8% for Cam Newton.
But now the question becomes, who should the Bills select 34th overall in the second round? Things definitely got mixed around in the first round of the draft with several surprises meaning that some players are now available for taking that we did not expect to be there and vice versa. The Bills have several needs that can be addressed at this level from quarterback to cornerback but only one player can be chosen. Unfortunately the Pats hold the first pick of the second round before the Bills, but do not let that impact your voting. So I open the question unto you, the loyal and die-hard Bills fans. Below I have posted a dozen names that warrant consideration so vote, comment and argue for your favorite player. Rule reminder: the position with the majority votes and the subsequent majority player wins the round to avoid a split vote. Go Bills!
QB Andy Dalton - TCU [6-2, 215, 4.82]
Dalton fits the bill as a complete QB, possessing intelligence, an accurate although not the strongest arm and a proven winner. Dalton passed for over 10,300 yards at 63% completion rate with 71 TDs and 30 INTs (single digits for three years in a row)
QB Colin Kaepernick - Nevada [6-5, 233, 4.53]
Kaepernick has more developing to do, but he is a winner, has a big arm and is very mobile. In college he rushed for over 1,000 yards while passing for over 3,000 yards this season alone and has in 4 years passed for over 10,000 yards at 59% completion rate, 82 TDs and 24 INTs.
QB Ryan Mallett - Arkansas [6-7, 253, 5.37]
Before passing over Mallett, know that he has some good qualities. These include a very strong arm, a high completion percentage but has no rushing ability that Gailey typically looks for. Still Mallett passed for 7,496 yards at 60% completion rate with 69 TDs and only 19 INTs at his time with Arkansas.
OT Ben Ijalana - Villanova [6-4, 317, 5.20]
I'm sure Brian was dying when Green Bay drafted Sherrod. The next best option on the table is Ijalana who has good agility and durability and can play at guard as well. Ijalana's biggest concerns lies in pass protection, but should be able to handle most plays on the right side with his size and athleticism.
TE Kyle Rudolph - Notre Dame [6-6, 259, 4.74]
The Bills have not had a true starting tight end since the likes of Pete Metzelaars or Lonnie Johnson. Rudolph is the best one of the year with good catching and blocking skills. Caught 90 passes for 1,032 yards and 8 TDs in three years, and those numbers would've been higher except for a few injuries.
OLB Akeem Ayers - UCLA [6-3, 254, 4.81]
Ayers is a unique prospect posting great bursts of speed, tackling, and has a very physical level of play. The one area he could improve on is better awareness. In three years, Ayers has accrued 177 tackles, 11 sacks and 6 interceptions.
OLB Justin Houston - Georgia [6-3, 270, 4.62]
Houston fits a 3-4 OLB position well with explosive speed bursts, good strength to shred blocks and is a fair tackler. Needs to work on lateral movement and reading plays better. Houston made 110 tackles and 19 sacks (10 in his senior year as an OLB).
OLB Brooks Reed - Arizona [6-3, 263, 4.65]
Reed is a physically strong prospect with consistent pass rush and is a strong tackler. On the other hand, Reed has little time on pass defense and can be a bit sluggish to shred blocks. Still, he recorded 100 tackles and 17 sacks in three years.
OLB Jabaal Sheard - Pittsburgh [6-3, 264, 4.68]
Bills new linebacker coach, Dave Wannstedt might want to bring in a familiar face with Sheard. Sheard took over for an injured Romeus and performed really well and has 138 tackles and 19 sacks in three years. Not all that explosive, but he brings consistent pressure and is a sound tackler.
ILB Martez Wilson - Illionis [6-4, 250, 4.42]
Wilson bounced back from a major neck injury with a strong senior year in which he posted 111 tackles and 4 sacks. Wilson has amazing speed, but needs better technique on the field.
CB Ras-I Dowling - Virginia [6-1, 198, 4.40]
The Bills could be looking for a tall CB with great covering skill, vision and speed. They can look no further with Ras-I Dowling who recorded 159 tackles and 8 interceptions before missing most of his senior year. Dowling would have been a first round prospect except for a leg injury (which he still posted a 4.4 40 time.
CB Brandon Harris - Miami[5-10, 191, 4.46]
Jenkins is another top corner between his speed and skill set that the Bills could look at. A shut down corner, Harris recorded 129 tackles and 4 interceptions in three years with the 'Canes.