NFL ROUND 1
With only 15 days to go until Draft Day, I'm coming at you with another NFL round 1 mock draft and a 7 round mock for our Buffalo Bills. I feel like my opinion on how things are going to shake out are pretty set in stone now, I've went back and forth over Reiff, Martin, Floyd, and Kirkpatrick for the Bills at #10. I believe in my heart it will be one of those four guys called. As you'll see soon enough, I have come to the conclusion that Buffalo will not draft Reilly Reiff. As good of a lineman as he is, he truly is not a Pro Bowl caliber LT prospect. He will be drafted by a team to play RT and can fill in at LT when needed, but it won't be his official position. He may wind up being one of the best RT's in the league. That isn't what we are drafting for. Doesn't matter anyway, I say he's gone by 10. I included a trade for the Bills, I'm sure there will be others but I can only guess for Buffalo, so while it's probably a given, I didn't predict any other trades. (Except maaaybe one)
1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
(I still believe Jim Irsay wants RGIII, but is afraid of the consequences if he goes Griffin. After he spurned the Colts' request for a workout, Luck is officially a Colt.)
2. Washington Redskins (From STL)- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
3. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
4. Cleveland Browns- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. St. Louis Rams (From WAS)- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
-In my mind, these 6 picks are basically set in stone. Each player is elite at their position and fills a big need for the team that drafted them. The only change I could see would be if the Rams like Michael Floyd more than Blackmon...which people are actually talking about now.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
-JAX would like to trade out of top ten, but find no takers. I'm not convinced Floyd is their pick, could very well be Ingram or Coples. But if I'm their GM, I take Floyd after watching Gabbert last season.
8. Miami Dolphins- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
- Cameron Wake is the Dolphins only real pass rusher, and he's holding out. Forget Tannehill if you can't rush the QB. The Tannehill talk is overblown.
9. Carolina Panthers- Reilly Reiff, OT, Iowa
-DT isn't as huge of a need as people say and there isn't one truly worthy of a top ten pick. Reiff solidifies their offensive line and protects their franchise investment Mr. Newton.
10. Buffalo Bills- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
-We get lucky that he falls to us at 10, yes lucky. A future starting CB tandem of A. Williams and Kirkpatrick is a good one for our defense. Both are playmakers. Dareus can be his roommate and show him the city.
11. Kansas City Chiefs- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
12. Seattle Seahawks- Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
13. Arizona Cardinals- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
14. Dallas Cowboys- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
15. Philadelphia Eagles- Fletcher Cox, DT, Miss. St.
16. New York Jets- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
17. Cincinnati Bengals (From OAK)- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
18. San Diego Chargers- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
19. Chicago Bears- Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
20. Tennessee Titans- Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Nick Perry, DE/LB, USC
22. Cleveland Browns (From ATL)- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
23. *TRADE* Buffalo Bills (From Detroit)- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
- Buffalo moves up once Martin falls this far. I think Martin is going to be the best LT in this draft other than Kalil. Some say he is a "finesse" tackle, but he protected Andrew Luck just fine. We get good value for him but give up our 2nd (#41), 3rd (#72) and one of our 4th round picks (#124) to move here. In reality, the #23 pick is our 2nd pick so we lose a 3rd and one of our 4th rounders to get our LT.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
25. Denver Broncos- Devon Still, DT, Penn St.
26. Houston Texans- Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
27. New England Patriots (From NO)- Whitney Mercilus, DE/LB. Illinois
28.*TRADE* Miami Dolphins (From GB)- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
-Miami is amazed that Tannehill fell this far and they had no other choice but to move up and grab him. They give the Packers their 2nd, 3rd and next years 3rd round picks.
29. Baltimore Ravens- Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
31. New England Patriots- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
32. New York Giants- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
So that is that. I predict we get our CB of the future and trade back to get our blindside protector. I'm also guessing that Tannehill, as much potential that he has, will not be this years completely overdrafted QB. He is too raw to spend a top 10 pick on him and I think a lot of teams see that, even the desperate Dolphins. Sherman would have to give his complete approval for them to pull the trigger at 8, and I doubt he puts his job/reputation on the line and recommends they do it. His value is much better in late round 1. Who knows though.
Buffalo Bills Draft Rounds 1-7 (I feel much less confident predicting this than round 1 of the NFL)
1 (10). Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
1 (23). Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
2 (41). Traded to Detroit
3 (72). Traded to Detroit
4 (105). Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
4 (124). Traded to Detroit
5 (136). Emmanuel Acho, OLB, Texas
-Our SLB, possibly future WLB. Athletic, smart "read and react" type of player. Perfect fit for 4-3 OLB.
5 (138). B.J. Coleman, QB, Chattanooga
- Good size (6-3, 230 lbs), Arm strength to make all the throws, plenty of potential for Chan to coach him up.
6 (167). Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami (FL)
- Big, tall WR who can come in and compete and make our WR corps better. Some say he will go higher than this and that's certainly possible but not guaranteed.
7 (200). Tim Fugger, DE/LB, Vanderbilt
-Developmental DE, hard worker, good pass rush ability