With the Bills second fifth round selection, Bills fans overwhelmingly supported grabbing TE Michael Egnew of Missouri with 35% of the vote. In second was slot receiver Jairus Wright of Arkansas with 11% of the vote followed by TCU OLB Tank Carder also with 11% of the vote. South Dakota OT Tom Compton finished with 9% of the vote. Here's the mock so far...
1. DE Quinton Coples – North Carolina
2. DE Vinny Curry – Marshall
3. WR Nick Toon – Wisconsin
4. QB Brock Osweiler – Arizona State
4. LB Emmanuel Acho – Texas
5. CB Cliff Harris – Oregon
5. TE Michael Egnew – Missouri
Odds are the Bills will not draft more than one tight end and quarterback. Options still available for the sixth round include a second CB, WR, OLB as well as a MLB, S, OL or OT. For those wishing to add more depth to the defensive line, I shall include some options in the seventh round. Given that we already have ample depth at DT and have grabbed two high ranking DEs in this mock so far it would be unlikely the Bills do anything to bolster depth earlier than that under these circumstances.
As a side note, I know there are some players that I include that either may go earlier or may not go until later. The further we go along in this mock the more this will happen. To be frank I try to include a player or two that may fall into the Bills hand (as they do draft relatively high in the pecking order). We always see players that may fall or inexplicably rise the day of the draft as well. I do try to balance several draft sites in choosing players that may be available.
I specifically use CFB Stats for collegiate statistics, while I use CBSSports for player notes and measurements. I also looked at Walterfootball and Drafttek for input as well. As always leave comments for supporting the player/need of your choice, and let me know if there are any names you’d like to see in the next full mock draft. Also, note that with the scrimmage ongoing, I will make changes based on performance for the next draft. In the meanwhile vote away!
OT Marcel Jones – Nebraska [6-6, 330, 5.29]
At this point, finding a left tackle would be hard to come by. Jones has had his share of injury concerns, but was a solid right tackle with the Cornhuskers. Jones has the size Gailey likes and would backup Pears.
OT Landon Walker – Clemson [6-5, 301, 5.18]
Walker is another such right tackle prospect that has performed well, but hasn’t been exceptional. Walker is best with regards to his strength, but needs to improve his footwork. Still, his blocking has potential to be a backup switch tackle over time.
OG Desmond Wynn – Rutgers [6-5, 295, 5.14]
As stated before, both right guards Urbik and Rinehart are restricted free agents, meaning if one is not re-signed, the Bills may use the draft to bring in a backup. Wynn has the size Gailey likes in his linemen. Additionally Wynn has had two years of starting at left guard.
C Scott Wedige – Northern Illinois [6-4, 310, 5.28]
If the Bills do search in the draft for a backup center, it is only due to injury concerns to both Eric Wood and Kraig Urbik. Knowing Gailey, that player would have to be on the bigger side, which is rare for a center. Wedige not only fits the physical parameters, but has also been a consistent starter for the Huskies and Chandler Harnish.
WR T.J. Graham – North Carolina St [5-11, 182, 4.36]
Part of the Bills offensive struggle was due to lacking a truly fast slot receiver after Roscoe Parrish (free agent) landed on the IR early on. Nix indicated drafting two receivers (including a burner) could happen in April. Graham is a good option for the slot, having blazing speed and fair stats over the last few seasons with 70 receptions for 1,000 yards and 7 touchdowns. Graham also could compete for Parrish’s punt returning duties having returned 36 punts for 349 yards and 2 TDs in that same span.
WR Chris Rainey – Florida [5-8, 175, 4.36]
Also among the burners is running-back/wide-receiver threat Chris Rainey. Rainey is one of the fastest players in the draft and some sites indicate he can run a 40 yard dash below 4.3 seconds. That being said, in the last two years, Rainey has caught 56 passes for 597 yards and 5 touchdowns. Also, Rainey has recorded 222 carries for 1,227 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground and has blocked 6 punts with the Gators.
OLB Darius Fleming – Notre Dame [6-2, 255, 4.65]
A 3-4/4-3 OLB prospect with fair speed and size is Fleming. Though he played inconsistently with the Irish, Fleming made 9 sacks, 103 tackles (17.5 for loss), 12 hurries and 7 passes defended over his last two seasons. Fleming could be used in blitzing situations and could theoretically drop into coverage.
MLB Jerry Franklin – Arkansas [6-1, 245, 4.60]
An SEC prospect from Arkansas, Jerry Franklin has played OLB, DE and is currently listed at MLB. Franklin has a good build for a linebacker, particularly on the inside and has the speed to match. Franklin had a lackluster senior year, but over the last two years made 201 tackles (23 for loss), 7 sacks, 10 hurries and 6 passes defended. Franklin seems to excel with pass rush and run support more than dropping into coverage.
MLB Chris Galippo – USC [6-2, 250, 4.74]
A strict ILB, Galippo has a big build at MLB. Galippo has been part of a rotation of linebackers, which cut into his time, but was still productive having made 146 tackles (13.5 for loss), 11 passes defended and 5 interceptions over the last three seasons. Galippo is a bit stronger in pass coverage and has good instincts but lacks explosiveness or great speed to be a full-time starter.
CB D'Anton Lynn – Penn St [6-0, 205, 4.53]
Lynn has been part of one of the top collegiate defensive units over the past few years. As a starter over the past two years Lynn made 124 tackles (3.5 for loss), 4 interceptions and had 12 passes defended. Lynn however, can play inconsistently and during the senior bowl was beat a few times.
FS Damien Jackson – Mississippi [6-2, 210, 4.58]
Jackson only appeared as a two year starter after playing football at JUCO-level. Jackson made 132 tackles (7.5 for loss), 1 pick, 5 passes defended over that time with the Rebels. Jackson has good size which helps him to play the run, but can get turned around in coverage.
SS Matt Daniels – Duke [6-0, 210, 4.53]
One of the standouts in a weak safety class, Daniels has escaped to the sixth round due to a porous Blue Devil secondary. Daniels has great anticipation and is a sure tackler, but struggled in man coverage heavily. Still Daniels managed to make 219 tackles (10 for loss), 3 picks and 21 passes defended over the last two years.