With the first round of the mock, the clear majority winner with 33% of the vote was WR Michael Floyd of Notre Dame. In second place was OT Jonathan Martin who split the vote with OT Riley Reiff 9% and 8% respectively. LB Luke Kuechly had 14% of the vote while CB Dre Kirkpatrick got 12% Here's the mock so far.
1. WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame
With the Bills needing just one other starting receiver, I am taking this option off the list for a few rounds; the Bills could take another receiver as early as the fourth round for a speed slot option/punt returner. Other options still available are linebacker, corner-back, left tackle, tight end, defensive lineman and quarterback.
This time around, we are anchored by the results from the NFL combine and several pro-days. I shall input these as well as rankings/information on players from sites including Walter Football, CBS Sports and Drafttek. Statistics are courtesy from CFB Stats. Remember to vote and use the comments to support your choice below.
QB Brock Osweiler – Arizona State [6-7, 242 4.70]
Osweiler may have hurt his stock by not throwing at the combines despite being healthy. Additionally Osweiler has had only one year as a full-time starter. That being said, Osweiler is the biggest QB in the draft with a big arm and surprising mobility. It will take a few years for him to develop, but this works well with Fitz being the definitive starter for that time. In 2011 Osweiler threw for 4,036 yards, completing 326 of 516 passes with 26 TDs and 13 interceptions.
OT Zerbie Sanders – Florida State [6-6, 314, 5.41]
Sanders struggled throughout the Senior Bowl, but regained a little ground in the combine… During the combines Sanders measured in with long 34 5/8” arms and also managed an impressive 28 bench reps. Sanders has the physical tools for a left tackle, but while he has played well, occasionally gives up a big block.
TE Dwayne Allen – Clemson [6-3, 255, 4.89]
Allen had a poor showing in the combines for speed and dropped his stock from being a potential late first rounder into the second. The Bills could be looking for a long term tight end with blocking and receiving potential to complement Scott Chandler. Allen did however do 27 bench press reps, a tribute to his good blocking skills. Allen caught 82 passes for 965 yards and 9 TDs in the last two seasons.
TE Coby Fleener – Stanford [6-6, 247, 4.71]
Fleener did not participate in all of the drills at the combines due to an injury but after Allen’s poor showing, is probably the best tight end in the group this year. Fleener also matched Allen’s bench press total (27) but also has larger hands, height and arm length. A favorite target of Luck, Fleener caught 62 passes for 1,101 yards and 17 TDs over the last two seasons.
DE Andre Branch – Clemson [6-4, 258, 4.62]
As with the last post I commented the Bills may still take a defensive end as two of the four veterans are over 30 and Merriman has not finished a season healthy in four years. Curry may be gone and furthermore, the Bills have entertained Branch which is why I am putting him on the list. Branch improved as an end posting 131 tackles (24.5 for loss), 15.5 sacks and 13 hurries in the last two years. Branch also could double at 3-4 OLB when/if the situation calls for it with his speed.
LB Lavonte David – Nebraska [6-1, 227, 4.56]
David is one of the better outside linebackers in this draft and showed his fluidness at the combines with a 36.5 vertical but just 19 bench reps. David is fast but will also need to add some weight to compete in the NFL, especially to move to the strongside. Over the course of the last two seasons, David has made 285 tackles (24.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, 6 hurries and 10 passes defended.
LB Mychal Kendricks – California [6-0, 239, 4.41]
Kendricks was originally seen as a late round ILB prospect but exploded in the combines with his athleticism, notching a top 40 time, 24 bench reps and an impressive 39.5” vertical. Combined with his stats over the last two seasons, 170 tackles (28.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks and 3 picks, Kendricks is definitely a second rounder.
LB Ronnell Lewis – Oklahoma [6-2, 255, 4.72]
Lewis played DE with the Sooners, but has the mobility and size to shift to SLB in a 4-3 scheme, particularly for pass rush situations. Lewis had a slower than expected time in the combines, but did run 10 yards in 1.65 seconds. Lewis’s biggest pull is that he pulled off 36 bench presses. Over the last two years Lewis made 96 tackles (17.5 for loss), 8.5 sacks, 6 hurries and 7 passes defended.
LB Bobby Wagner – Utah State [6-3, 235, 4.46]
Wagner did not take part in the Combines due to an injury, but had a very strong showing in the Senior Bowl in which he was named the North’s MVP and played against the run and pass well. Wagner then pulled off a strong pro-day showing speed, did 24 bench press reps and had a 39.5” vertical. Over the last two years Wagner has made 280 tackles (19.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, 4 passes defended and 5 hurries.
CB Alfonzo Dennard – Nebraska [5-10, 202, 4.51]
Earlier Dennard was projected as a late first rounder, but after lackluster showing in the combine will more likely be a day 2 selection. Dennard notched a 37” vertical and while faster than expected, still can struggle with giving up the big play or two. Dennard however is one of the better corners when jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage. Over the last two seasons Dennard has made 61 tackles, 4 interceptions and 13 passes defended.
CB Jayron Hosley – Virginia Tech [5-11, 182, 4.38]
One of the more consistent corners of this past year was Hosley who also pulled off a good combine performance despite only managing 11 bench press reps. Hosley is on the smaller end, but has great mobility, can change direction quickly and has good overall speed. Over the last two years Hosley has compiled 98 tackles, 12 interceptions, 20 passes defended and returned 37 punts for 467 yards and 1 touchdown.
CB Josh Robinson – Central Florida [5-10, 199, 4.29]
The junior was the fastest corner at the combines notching times 4.3 and below unofficially and also pulled off a strong 17 bench presses and a 38.5” vertical. Robinson may still have a few things to learn, but teams will like his speed and the fact he has a lot of experience playing man-man coverage. In the last two seasons Robinson has made 107 tackles, 4 interceptions and 28 passes defended.
Who Should the Bills Select 41st Overall?
QB Brock Osweiler (39 votes)
OT Zerbie Sanders (68 votes)
TE Dwayne Allen (5 votes)
TE Coby Fleener (69 votes)
DE Andre Branch (22 votes)
LB Lavonte David (8 votes)
LB Mychal Kendricks (8 votes)
LB Ronnell Lewis (6 votes)
LB Bobby Wagner (12 votes)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (19 votes)
CB Jayron Hosley (6 votes)
CB Josh Robinson (20 votes)
282 total votes