With the final round of voting, while DE Donte Paige Moss narrowly gained the most votes, clearly more people supported acquiring a tackle with 32% of the vote (to 22% for a third DE). Paige Moss had 21% of the vote, the winner James Carmon had 19% of the vote, while OLB Nathan Stupar had 15% of the vote and OT Jeff Adams had 13% of the vote.
All in all, I think this mock we chose was fairly good in that it addressed several needs and a few wants as well. Admittedly players draft stock have changed over the weeks this mock draft has been running especially with the combine results this past week. Some players stock has risen (and/or dropped) as such. I am currently trying to balance new rankings on Walters, CBS Sports, Drafttek as well as factoring in player stats and combine results. Here is the mock as it stands.
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
6. WR Chris Rainey – Florida
7. OT James Carmon – Mississippi State
Here’s a rough estimate as to what I think the depth chart could look like given this mock. This is the first time I’ve done this. Additionally, I am operating given recent negotiations, the Bills have re-signed several free agents from the team last year (noted in italics). Furthermore, all rookies are underlined while players in bold, have just survived being cut.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brock Osweiler (4), Brad Smith
RB: Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller, Johnny White
FB: Corey McIntyre
LT: Demetrius Bell, Chris Hairston
LG: Andy Levitre, Colin Brown
C: Eric Wood
RG: Kraig Urbik, Chad Rinehart
RT: Erik Pears, James Carmon (7)
TE: Scott Chandler, Michael Egnew (5), Lee Smith
WR: Stevie Johnson, David Nelson, Chris Rainey (6)
WR: Nick Toon (3), Marcus Easley
LE: Quinton Coples (1), Shawne Merriman
NT: Kyle Williams, Torell Troup, Kellen Heard
DT: Marcell Dareus, Alex Carrington
RDE: Vinny Curry (2), Chris Kelsay
WLB: Nick Barnett, Chris White
MLB: Kelvin Sheppard, Kirk Morrison
SLB: Bryan Scott, Emmanuel Acho (4), Arthur Moats
SS: George Wilson, DaNorris Searcy
FS: Jairus Byrd, Jon Corto
CB: Drayton Florence, Terrence McGee, Cliff Harris (5)
CB: Aaron Williams, Justin Rogers, Leodis McKelvin
Notable Cuts: QB Tyler Thigpen, RB Tashard Choice, OG Michael Jasper, TE Fendi Onobun,
WR Donald Jones, WR Naaman Roosevelt, WR Derek Hagan, DL Dwan Edwards, DL Spencer Johnson,
DE Danny Batten, LB Andra Davis, LB Scott McKillop, LB Reggie Torbor, CB Reggie Corner
Going briefly through the offensive cuts first, I opted at getting rid of Thigpen due to a lack of playing time and cap space over developing Osweiler. White barely beat out Choice due to limited reps and White’s special teams play. Brown meanwhile outlasted Jasper due to limited experience as a backup center. Lee Smith edged out Onobun as Smith showed good blocking ability late in the year although this should be an interesting competition in camp.
Hagan meanwhile is knocked out as the #2 WR between a healthy Easley and rookie Toon. Rainey makes the team as the slot speedster over the slower slot WR Jones and Roosevelt; Jones particularly seems to be a Gailey favorite and with his special teams ability, could get a spot. It’s a tough call though if the Bills draft two receivers and having Smith or Spiller doubling at wide out.
Defensively the Bills lose both Johnson and Edwards for cap space, age and their being a better fit as a 3-4 DE. Danny Batten has struggled in his short time with the Bills although could possibly make the roster as a backup DE. I kept Moats as he has shown better effort, although he’d be better off competing at Sam OLB/backup DE. Bryan Scott would double as a backup safety, but is also the closest SLB the Bills have at this point.
LB Torbor and Davis are both free agents and will probably not get re-signed. Post-season pickup Scott McKillop gets cut as I am not familiar enough with the backup LB although should see a bit of playing time in camp. I opted to bring back Corto simply to help shore up special teams and provide depth at safety and potential as a reserve OLB. Lastly I also opted to keep McGee under his restructured contract and more surprisingly Leodis McKelvin. McKelvin has potential, but under his first round rookie deal, is making just over a million (high for a reserve, but not excessively) and would provide good special team work.
I will start Our Mock 4.0 next week, so get ready to vote and argue for your favorite players. Additionally I may purposely not include a player or two in future (5.0 maybe) just to see how Bills fans would react and take which player(s) instead.