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Early April Mock Draft - Multiple Scenarios - 7 rounds

I have a few scenarios in mind that I'll share with you concerning April's draft.

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My mock drafts are based on the consensus big board that is available here - Consensus Top 200 Prospects

MY MOCK DRAFT - SCENARIO 1

Round one - Patrick Peterson (CB) - 6'0'' 219lb - LSU
Peterson is arguably the best player in the draft.  He is once in a generation player.  He has the skill set to be a shut down corner, and unlimited potential as a professional.  Terrence McGee is a health concern.  Drayton Florence is a free agent.  Leodis McKelvin has not panned out as a superstar CB.  Donte Whitner is a free agent.  Peterson fills a need, and instantly impacts the Bills defense that is yearning for a play maker.  We have seen the impact players such as Revis and Asomugha have on a game.  Peterson can have a similar impact.  In a pass friendly NFL - having a superb DB is a must!

 

Round two - Jabaal Sheard (DE/OLB) - 6'3'' 264lb - Pittsburgh
The need for a pass rusher is absolutely clear.  Sheard is projected as either a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 Rush OLB.  It helps that Sheard played for our new assistant head coach Dave Wannstedt.  Sheard has the potential to be a started from day one across Shawn Merriman.  I have Sheard picked here because I feel that Brooks Reed, Akeem Ayers, and Justin Houston will be picked before Buffalo has a chance to acquire them.  Sheard is therefore one of the best available players on day two and fills a need.

 

Round three - James Carpenter (OT) - 6'5'' 325lb - Alabama
Ever since the senior bowl - i have fallen in love with James Carpenter.  He showed excellent potential blocking against some of the best rushers in this years draft.  He has all the tools needed to succeed in the NFL.  I think he is an instant starter at RT - and has the potential to be a franchise LT.  It also helps that Chan Gailey coached him during the senior bowl.  The only issue is - Carpenter's stock is rising.  He could be taken in the second round.  Second round tackles include - Sherrod, Franklin, Ijalana, Cannon.

 

Round four - Lawrence Guy (DE/DT) - 6'4'' 305lb - Arizona St.
Lawrence Guy is a rising prospect at the 5 tech.  He had a good pro-day and has the potential to play both outside and inside.  So he is versatile - and that is something the Bills need at the defensive tackle/defensive end position.  Guy has good tape - and shows a good ability to stop the run.  His pass rush skills are above average.  He has the potential to start next to Kyle Williams down the road.  He is also the big beafy type of 5 tech we are dying for.

 

Round four - Casey Matthews (LB) - 6'1'' 231lb - Oregon
Yes - this is Matthews in the fourth round.  And it is very possible.  Not many people understand that Matthews is actually rated as a 3rd/4th round prospect.  According to the consensus big board - he is #130.  So it is very realistic to think that Matthews can be selected in the fourth round.  The Bills need more athleticism in their linebackers.  Akin is set to be a free agent - and improvement next to Poz is very important to find.  Matthews can fill a glaring hole.

 

Round five - Joe Lefeged (SS) - 6'0'' 210lb - Rutgers
With the departure of Donte Whitner - the Bills will seek to build depth at the safety position - if not find a new starter.  Lefeged's stock is rising after a positive off season showing. 

 

Round six - Jah Reid (OT) - 6'7'' 327lb - UCF
Building depth on our offensive line - and finding a stud tackle in this draft is important to me.  Reid is all over people's draft boards.  I've seen him go as high as 2 in Todd McShay's draft and as late as un-drafted in several drafts.  He is rated in the 160s overall - but that will change as the draft approaches - he is a rising prospect.  None the less - he is the best player available at this point and adds depth, talent, and potential to our offensive line. 

 

Round seven - Andre Smith (TE) - 6'5'' 269lb - Virginia Tech
Smith excels in blocking but needs to improve his receiving skills.  Chan Gailey will find a way to use him in red zone situations

 

 

SCENARIO TWO - WHAT I THINK WILL HAPPEN - PREDICTING THE BILLS PICKS

Round one - Von Miller (OLB) - 6'3'' 246lb - Texas A&M
I think the Bills coaching staff is in love with Von Miller - especially after coaching him in the senior bowl.  He is with out a question one of three best players in the draft.  He fills a need and instantly improves the Bills defense.  He will be a starter and a menace to opposing offenses from day one.

 

Round two - Andy Dalton (QB) - 6'2'' 215lb - TCU
The Bills have made it abundantly clear in some way or form that they want to acquire a QB in the draft.  Where it happens?  Who knows.  For now - I have it being in the second round.  I like Dalton over Ponder.  Dalton has a stronger arm and a higher ceiling.  He loves the game of football, is a great leader, and Schefter believes has the potential to be taken in the first round. 

 

Round three - Lance Kendricks (TE) - 6'3'' 243lb - Wisconsin
Many analysts and writers have projected Kendricks to the Bills.  It's the "word on the street."  Kendricks is Mayock's second rated TE.  He is a pure receiving tight end - and instantly improves the Bills depth at tight end.

 

Round four - Lawrence Guy (DE/DT) - 6'4'' 305lb - Arizona St.
See above for explanation

 

Round four - Jason Pinkston (OT) - 6'3'' 317lb - Pittsburgh
New assistant head coach Dave wannstedt snags former pupil.  Rated as high as second round and as low as undrafted - Pinkston shows potential and promise is a future starter.  He adds depth and talent on our offensive line - it needs it too.

 

Round five - Nate Irving (ILB) - 6'1'' 240lb - NC State
Adding talent to the inside of the linebackers is a clear need.  Irving is talented and adds depth and potential.

 

Round six - Jah Reid (OT) - 6'7'' 327lb - UCF
See above for explanation

 

Round seven - Shiloh Keo (SS) - 5'11'' 219lb - Idaho
Talent and depth is needed at the safety position - especially with the expected departure of Donte Whitner

 

 

SCENARIO THREE - TRADES

Round one - Aldon Smith (DE/OLB) - 6'4'' 263lb - Missouri
Buffalo trades its #3 overall pick for Dallas Cowboys #9, #40, and #109
The #3 overall  pick is valued at 2,200 points while #9 (1,350) + #40 (500) + #109 (76)
Smith gives Buffalo a stud rush OLB.  He is raw in coverage - but has superb rush skills.

 

Round one - Cameron Heyward (DT/DE) - 6'5'' 294lb - Ohio St.
Buffalo trades its #34 (560) and earlier 4th (104) for the Falcons #27 (680)
I have a man crush on Heyward.  Watch his sugarbowl tape.  I think he is the 2nd best 5 tech in this draft after Dareus.

 

Round two - Andy Dalton (QB) - 6'2'' 215lb - TCU
See explanation above

 

Round three - James Carpenter (OT) - 6'5'' 324lb - Alabama
See explanation above

 

Round four - Casey Matthews (LB) - 6'1'' - 231lb - Oregon
See explanation above

 

Round four - Jordan Cameron (TE) - 6'5'' 254lb - USC
May arguably be the most talented TE in the draft.  He is a project but has the potential to be a superstar.  Chan Gailey will bring out his potential.

 

Round five - Joe Lefeged (SS) - 6'0'' 210lb - Rutgers
See explanation above

 

Round six - Jah Reid (OT) - 6'7'' 327lb - UCF
See explanation above

 

Round seven - BPA

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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