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Our Mock 5.4.1

With another close round of voting, Bills fans narrowly selected an outside linebacker with 29% of the vote to 28% in favor of a tackle. As such the selection goes to OLB Tank Carder of TCU. With the most individual votes was OT Mitchell Schwartz followed by CB Trumaine Johnson and tied with Carder was QB Kirk Cousins. Here is our mock so far...

1. WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame
2. TE Coby Fleener - Stanford
3. LB Tank Carder - TCU

While I had taken off wide receiver as an option for the last few rounds following the selection of Floyd, I am bringing back a speed slot receiver option. I am also opening up the possibility the Bills will take more than one linebacker, but this is no longer the biggest position of need. Other options still available are left tackle, corner-back, defensive lineman depth, offensive line depth and quarterback.

As always, 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 Ryan Lindley - San Diego State [6-4, 229, 4.90]
Lindley has good physical tools, but can struggle with accuracy. The Bills have Fitz as a starter, but there are questions of a developing QB behind him with Thigpen staying on the bench despite Fitz's injury last year. Obviously Lindley needs a few years of development before seeing serious playing time, but he fits the developmental bill nicely. Lindley has large 10" hands meaning he will be less likely to fumble. In the last two years Lindley completed 480 of 868 passes for 6,983 yards, 51 touchdowns and just 22interceptions.

OG Brandon Brooks - Ohio Miami [6-5, 346, 4.98]
As I stated previously, the Bills could look towards acquiring a backup guard/tackle especially given that Levitre, Urbik and Rinehart are all free agents after this year. Brooks did not receive an invite to the combine but had a strong pro-day. Brooks had 36 bench press reps atop of measuring arm length at 33.5". Clearly he fits the the bill for the big lineman CHIX seems to like.

OT James Brown - Troy [6-4, 306, 5.30]
The Bills have a big need to draft a left tackle if for no other reason than to give Chris Hairston a backup, but more likely someone to compete with for the starting job. Brown is on the smaller side for linemen, but he had a good senior bowl performance and has long 34.5" arms. Brown also benched 24 reps and has shown good agility at left tackle throughout college.

OT Nate Potter - Boise State [6-6, 303, 5.36]
One of the more established left tackles in college history for Kellen Moore, Potter struggled in the combine, but that may have been from an injury. In any case, Potter has a good frame to fill out at the next level. He has 34.6" arms but only managed 22 bench reps at the combine.

WR Joe Adams - Arkansas [5-11, 179, 4.46]
Adams posted some disappointing combine numbers but between a good pro-day and a strong showing in the senior bowl should keep Adams around in the fourth round. Adams is fast a notched a 38" vertical atop his agility. As a receiver Adams caught 104 passes for 1,465 yards and 9 TDs in the last two seasons. Adams also could be an option as a punt returner having made 35 returns for 570 yards and 5 TDs in the same span.

WR T.Y. Hilton - Florida International [5-10, 183, 4.34]
Hilton sat out of the combine with a quad injury, but had a solid pro-day and would be a speed slot option in the NFL. Hilton made 131 receptions for 1,886 yards and 12 TDs in the last two years while also flashing potential as a punt returner as well.

DT Jaye Howard - Florida [6-3, 301, 4.75]
The Bills could also seek to add younger depth inside for two reasons: Spencer Johnson and/or Dwan Edwards could be cap casualties due to their old age and lacking a defined/starting role in the 4-3 defense. Howard played inconsistently for the Gators, but is fast, having the athleticism to double as a 3-4 DE. Howard will need to bulk up a bit, but over the last two seasons has made 83 tackles (20 for loss), 8 sacks and 4 hurries.

DE Tyrone Crawford - Boise State [6-4, 275, 4.81]
The Bills could be looking to add a backup defensive end as Kelsay and Anderson are over 30 and Merriman hasn't finished a season healthy in 4 years. Crawford had a solid pro-day and combine outing. Though not as prolific of a pass rusher due to his size, he is a good run stuffer having made 76 tackles (27 for loss), 13.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles over the last two seasons.

LB Demario Davis - Arkansas State []
The Bills could double up at OLB as Barnett is getting old and may need a replacement in a few years. Davis is one of the stars from the combines with a fast 40 (4.53 seconds), 32 bench reps and a 38.5" vertical. Davis can overextend on plays but could be a solid contributor in a few years. In the last two seasons Davis has made 132 tackles (13.5 for loss), 4 sacks, 3 hurries, 3 picks and 5 passes defended.

LB Sean Spence - Miami [5-11, 231, 4.56]
Spence has had a strong showing at OLB in his senior year and while he has speed, needs to work on strength after managing just 12 bench presses. Due to a lack of upper-body strength and lack of height has dropped Spence's stock. Spence has made 217 tackles (31 for loss), 5.5 sacks and 7 passes defended over the last two seasons.

CB Coryell Judie - Texas A&M [6-0, 194, 4.44]
Judie has a history of injuries, but posted fantastic numbers at the combine with a fast 40 and 10 yard dashes (1.51 seconds) and notched a 37" vertical. The Bills will be looking to add at least one corner back between Florence and McKelvin's inconsistencies and McGee's own history of injuries. In the last two seasons, Judie has made 79 tackles, 4 picks and 9 passes defended.

CB Chase Minnifield - Virginia [5-10, 183, 4.46]
Minnifield was a shut-down corner and was thought to be a day 2 prospect early on; however a knee injury has caused Minnifield to really struggle at the combines and his pro-day, notching just 7 bench reps. In the last two seasons Minnifield has posted 98 tackles (10 for loss), 9 picks and 12 passes defended in the last two years.

Go Bills!!

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