Everyone has been putting out a mock draft so I figured that I'd put one of my own up with an explanation for my choices.
Bills top needs- OT WR LB CB
General note: I think it's possible that in the second or third round Brock Osweiler is taken. The Bills are showing a lot of interest. http://www.buffalorumblings.com/2012/4/1/2917783/2012-nfl-draft-brock-osweiler-will-make-pre-draft-visit-with-bills
Round 1: With the signing of Demetrius Bell looking all the less likely it is very possible for the Bills to pick an offensive tackle. At number 10 Riley Reiff will be the only available tackle with suitable talent. There is however a chance that Riley Reiff is taken early and if that’s the case Bills GM Buddy Nix’s tendency to go talent rather than need in the draft, and the fact that Nix was pursuing receiver Robert Meachem earlier this year in free agency make it very likely the Bills will take Michael Floyd, wide out from Notre Dame. At 6’3” 224 lbs. he could be the wide out the bills have been looking for to put next to Stevie Johnson. A linebacker is also a big need that could be addressed in the first round, the only one at this point that would be worth considering would be Luke Kuechly. Although a reach at this point he has the size at 6’3” 237 lbs. and athleticism to play any linebacker position on the field. I also could see a corner being adresesed here. Another alternative could be a trade. One team that might be interested could be Cincinnati. Cincinnati has a first round pick at 17 and 21. A trade with the Bills would allow the Bengals to pick up one of their pressing needs of guard, wide receiver, linebacker, or cornerback and not force the bills to reach or even possibly acquire Mike Wallace.
Round 2: Assuming that the Bills keep their number 10 spot in the first round I think they should draft Riley Reiff if available. They then should use their 41st pick to draft the plethora of available WR talent. My favorite WR that could be available is Stephen Hill out of Georgia Tech. Alhough his stock is rising and could be taken late in the 1st round he could be available and with his size at 6’4” and lightning speed (4.36 second 40) he could be the deep threat the bills are looking for. Another solid wide receiver that is more likely to be available is Alshon Jeffery out of South Carolina. He has similar size to Stephen Hill however ran a 4.5 at his pro day 40. Jeffery posted phenomenal numbers in his sophomore year 88 receptions and 1517 yards and that was in the SEC. However the struggling QB game at South Carolina, questions about his separation ability at the NFL level and not participating at the combine all made his draft stock drop after his junior year.
Round 3: This is the round where I see Buddy Nix getting a linebacker, Mychal Hendricks from California or Sean Spence from Miami are the two best that have a chance of being there. Hendricks comes highest regarded of the 3 with really good speed that would fit in nicely with the bills 4-3 defense. Hendricks ran a 4.41 at the combine, and has decent size at 5’11” 239 lbs. Sean Spence was a consistent starter for Miami with 106 tackles and 3 sacks last year. However he lacks strength with the fewest bench press reps amongst all the linebackers at the combine.
My reasoning for not taking a CB in the first 3 rounds is (1) I think that Aaron Williams showed signs of being a solid starter, (2) Terrence McGee's new contract has secured him for two more years, (3) There is a ton of early fourth and 5th round talent available to add some depth at the position.
Please comment your thoughts on the choices I selected.
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