With the first round of the draft, the player with the most votes was WR Michael Floyd with 20% of the vote. However, as more Bills fans (42%) wanted a defensive end, the winner of the first round is DE Nick Perry of USC with 15% of the vote. In third was OT Jonathan Martin with 15% of the vote. Here’s your mock so far.
1. DE Nick Perry – USC
Now as the Bills may seek to double up on defensive end, I will still have DE as an option. However, I do wish to remind all the Bills fans of other needs that could be addressed in the draft especially depending on what happens with the Bills current free agents. These needs include SLB, WR (#2 or speed slot), OT (left/depth), CB, TE and potentially a developmental QB. Players whom I feel will be off the boards by time the Bills draft in the second round include WR Stephen Hill, WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Coby Fleener, OL Cordy Glenn, LB Zach Brown and DE Andre Branch.
I shall be taking results from the NFL combine and use 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 Kirk Cousins – Michigan State [6-3, 214, 4.93]
Cousins saw his stock rise after a strong outing at the combines and was one of the most accurate throwers as well in Indy. Cousins lacks mobility, but has good awareness. Cousins has had to work his way up in the draft due to under-utilization in the passing game at Michigan State. Still, the Captain has completed 605 of 757 passes (65%) for 6,141 yards, 45 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
OT Zerbie Sanders – Florida State [6-6, 320, 5.41]
Sanders stock plunged a little after a poor showing in the senior bowl, but remains a second round left tackle prospect in the draft. During the combine, Sanders posted strong physical statistics with his body size, 28 bench reps and measuring out with 35” arms. Sanders can be inconsistent, but nonetheless is one of the blockers in the draft.
TE Dwayne Allen – Clemson [6-3, 255, 4.89]
Allen was the top tight end heading into the combine, but saw his stock fall on concerns of lack of speed. Allen did have the second best bench reps (27) at the combine, attributed his success as a blocking TE at Clemson. Allen caught 82 passes for 965 yards and 9 TDs in the last two years.
TE Orson Charles – Georgia [6-2, 251, 4.64]
Charles lacks the height and came in slower at the combine. However Charles had an impressive 35 reps in the bench press, which means he has good potential as a blocking tight end. As a receiver, Charles caught 71 passes for 996 yards and 7 TDs.
WR Alshon Jeffery – South Carolina [6-3, 216, 4.56]
Jeffery did not participate in the combines and between an unproductive junior year in 2011 (due to poor QB play), brings Jeffery’s stock down to the second round. Jeffery has a big frame and big reliable hands, but may lack speed. Over the last two years Jeffery caught 137 passes for 2,279 yards and 17 touchdowns.
WR Rueben Randle – LSU [6-3, 210, 4.55]
Randle wasn’t outstanding, nor terrible at the combine. Randle suffered through poor QB play like Jeffery, but still managed to post 86 receptions for 1,461 yards and 11 TDs over the last two years. Randle like Jeffery has a tall frame and good hands.
DE Vinny Curry – Marshall [6-3, 266, 4.85]
Curry had a somewhat disappointing combine posting a slower 40-time than expected. However, Curry has been very productive during his collegiate career which is why I kept him in the second round. Over the last two seasons Curry has made 171 tackles (40 for loss), 23 sacks, 24 hurries and 9 forced fumbles.
DE Chandler Jones – Syracuse [6-5, 266, 4.85]
Like Curry, Jones showed up slower than expected at the combine. But while he lacks the production Curry had, Jones is two inches taller and has longer arms (35.5”) which coaches will like. In the last two years, Jones has made 95 tackles (17 for loss), 8.5 sacks, 8 hurries and 5 forced fumbles.
LB Mychal Kendricks – California [5-11, 239, 4.41]
One of the most impressive figures at the combine was Kendricks. Though he played middle linebacker at Cal, Kendricks athleticism (though lacking height) could have the Bills comfortably push Kendricks at SLB. At the combines, Kendricks ran a 4.41 40-yard dash while jumping a 39.5” vertical. Over the last two years, the PAC-12 all-star made 170 tackles (28.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks and 3 interceptions.
LB Shea McClellin – Boise St [6-3, 260, 4.62]
McClellin looked sharp dropping into coverage and posted good numbers in the combine. McClellin ran a 4.62 40 and a 1.57 10 yard dash. McClellin also had a strong senior bowl and over the course of the last two seasons, posted 79 tackles (25 for loss), 15.5 sacks and 3 interceptions.
CB Trumaine Johnson – Montana [6-2, 204, 4.50]
One of the biggest corners in the draft, Johnson had a good combine performance. Despite the fact that Johnson played in the CFS, he displayed good mobility and was a shutdown corner. In the last two seasons Johnson made 88 tackles, had 18 passes defended and 6 picks (15 in his career).
CB Josh Robinson – Central Florida [5-10, 199, 4.29]
Another player with a phenomenal combine outing, Robinson not only has height, but speed, which solidifies his standing as a day 2 selection. Robinson had a blazing 4.29 40-time and 38.5” vertical. The junior has had a few productive seasons with 107 tackles, 4 interceptions and 28 passes defended. Robinson also averaged over 15 yards per punt return in 2010. Both he and Johnson could be long term starters, but work their way up on the depth chart this year.
Who Should the Bills Draft 41st Overall?
QB Kirk Cousins (13 votes)
OT Zerbie Sanders (9 votes)
TE Dwayne Allen (5 votes)
TE Orson Charles (2 votes)
WR Alshon Jeffery (59 votes)
WR Rueben Randle (4 votes)
DE Vinny Curry (69 votes)
DE Chandler Jones (19 votes)
LB Mychal Kendricks (4 votes)
LB Shea McClellin (42 votes)
CB Trumaine Johnson (5 votes)
CB Josh Robinson (10 votes)
241 total votes