I don't know why, but this off-season has been dragging even worse than the lockout did last year for me. I love the NFL and everything about it. Obviously, the Bills are my number one sports love. I've been constantly reading up on analysis of college prospects and mock drafts. I'm ready to do my first NFL mock draft of the first round, and I'll also give my first post-combine 7 round mock for the Bills. I will have some trades in this mock draft but I am not going to get into exactly what compensation each team would get, other than the swap of the 1st round picks. I am not an expert on what other picks should be given for a swap so I'll leave that up to you readers to decide on your own.
Without further ado:
1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. *TRADE* Cleveland Browns (From St. Louis)- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
-I believe Cleveland really wants RG3, as does Washington, but my gut tells me Holmgren gets this done. So long and thanks for playing, Colt McCoy. Prediction: he is let go and signed by the Dallas Cowboys to backup Romo.
3. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
4. St. Louis Rams (From Cleveland)- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. Washington Redskins- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
8. Miami Dolphins- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
9. *TRADE* Cincinnati Bengals (From Carolina)- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
-Cincinnati needs a better run game, Benson is solid but not spectacular. They realize with their defense playing well, they can add the next ingredient to their now triple threat offense. Dalton, Green, Richardson. Hello. This trade is for the 17th pick, not the 21st that Cincy also has.
-Carolina likes Brockers, Jenkins or Kirkpatrick to fill big needs on D... then realizes they may be able to still do so while adding picks and swapping with Cincy.
10. *TRADE* Dallas Cowboys (From Buffalo)- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
-Dallas really wants/needs a top tier CB, they realize both Kirkpatrick and Jenkins could be stolen from their grasp even with only 4 picks to go so they swap with Buffalo and get the guy they want.
- Even Buddy Nix can see the value of this trade, ALL of the top DE's are still available due to teams seeing the depth in this class, and they can still get one in a few slots away while adding more picks. Nice move, Buddy.
11. Kansas City Chiefs- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
12. Seattle Seahawks- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
13. Arizona Cardinals- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
14. Buffalo Bills (From Dallas)- Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
15. Philadelphia Eagles- Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
16. NY Jets- Reilly Reiff, OT, Iowa
17. Carolina (From Cincinnati from Oakland)- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
18. San Diego- Nick Perry, DE, USC
19. Chicago Bears- Alshon Jeffrey, WR, South Carolina
20. Tennessee Titans- Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
- Cincy could very easily take Janoris Jenkins but he has too many off-field issues and they need absolutely no more of that in Southern Ohio. They also look at Stephon Gilmore but he isn't rated as high as Wright. With Jerome Simpson pleading guilty to felony charges, they make their 1-2 WR punch Green-Wright.
22. Cleveland Browns- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
23. Detroit Lions- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
25. Denver Broncos- Devon Still, DT, Penn State
26. Houston Texans- Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
27. New England Patriots- Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
28. Green Bay Packers-Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
29. Baltimore Ravens- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
31. New England Patriots- Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
32. NY Giants- Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
So, there's my predictions for the 1st round. Some surprises: 7 WR's taken in 1st round, only 1 RB. But that is today's NFL. It's a passing league that used running back by committee. The RB class is decent this year but only Richardson is 1st round talent in my eyes. I know some of you may be thinking no way does it take that long for a DE/OLB to be taken but I think it could. The class is deep and if a team has other needs they will address that first.
Bills 7 round mock draft:
1. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina- Gives the Bills a Day 1 starter at RDE in my eyes, and he can also play rush 3-4 OLB if / when we need him to. He has plenty of production and makes our D-Line border line dominant if they stay healthy.
2. Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma- A freak of nature athletically, has a huge motor. May need to be molded into a more aware backer, but has all the tools to play and play well.
3. Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss- Solid swing tackle, he may be gone by the 3rd round but we could snag him with one of the extra picks we get from the Dallas trade.
4. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona- A bigger WR at 6'3, he has good hands and strength, but isn't necessarily "explosive". I could see him doing well in our system.
4. Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas- Phil Hanson type player, blue collar work ethic, loves football and would be the replacement for Chris Kelsay.
5. Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M- If he is still here he would be a solid addition to our secondary, this would be the beginning of the end for McGee, McKelvin and Florence.
5. Brandon Taylor, SS, LSU- People have been saying we need more depth at safety, I don't necessarily see it but if it's being talked about that much there may be truth to it. Byrd is a lock for years at FS, and we have Searcy backing him up. George Wilson played lights out last year but he isn't getting any younger.
6. Najee Goode, LB, W. Virginia- Can play strong side or middle linebacker. Gives us more depth at a position of need. A little undersized but could be a London Fletcher type of player.
7. QB's Case Keenum (Houston) or B.J. Coleman (Chatt)- Whichever guy we have higher and is still available. We have invested in Fitz for at least 2-3 more years, the time is now to get a young guy ready. Both could be very good with the right coaching. Coleman has more of the size and even arm strength teams typically like, but Keenum intrigues me with his smarts and intangibles.