So I finally decided to put together a quick pre-combine mock draft.
My top 5 needs in order are DE, OLB, WR, CB and QB
Quarterback would be higher if it were not for the big contract we just handed Fitz. It is still in the top 5 because we need to find someone to groom and mature for a few years. A clear plan and succession plan at QB is something that good teams do and it makes life easier when your hand is forced into a new QB sooner than you may have expected.
I think WR will be mostly addressed in FA, and I’m hoping they bring back Johnson, but I’m leaning toward the scenario where they let him walk and bring in a top FA like Jackson, Bowe or Colston
This mock was based off of the latest mock over at WalterFootball. In this format, I go down their draft, and take whatever player I want that has yet to be drafted.
I’d love to move around a little with our extra pick, but from Nix’s first two drafts, I just don’t see it as a real possibility
With the 10th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Buffalo bills select:
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina – I like this pick because he is a good football player; he has good ball awareness and good quickness. I’m interested to see his combine measurements. We already know he is only 6’1, but if he has long enough arms, it does not really matter. What I also love about Ingram is his ability to play OLB in 34 looks. I actually think he might be a better 34 OLB than a 43 DE, but the fact is he can get after the ball and he fills a huge need at 10.
41 – Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State – I like this kids intensity, but it needs to be harnessed in order for him to succeed in the NFL. He played ILB in College, but I think his speed and aggression could be harnessed to fit as a NFL OLB in a 43. Dave Wannstedt has said that he wants fast aggressive LB’s to swarm the ball; I think Burfict can be that guy.
I also considered a Brock Osweoler here.
72 – Nick Foles, QB, Arizona – Foles had a decent College career and would benefit from a few years learning the ropes behind a smart signal caller like Fitz. Foles has more athletic ability and a better arm than Fitz. If he could pick up Fitz’s ability to read defenses, he could be a good starter for us.
105 – Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Verginia – Has great size and a good motor, but needs to become more technically sound. He is a guy that is athletic enough to transition from a 34 and 43.