In the first of the Bills fourth round picks, Bills fans overwhelming supported drafting LOT Nate Potter of Boise State with 36% of the vote (46% in favor of a LOT). In second place was CB Chase Minnifield with 23% of the vote followed by 10% in favor of selecting LOT James Brown from Troy. Here's the mock so far:
1. WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame
2. TE Coby Fleener - Stanford
3. LB Tank Carder - TCU
4. OT Nate Potter - Boise State
While the Bills could double up on tackles this draft, I am going to forgo on including tackles until at least round 6. 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 slot receiver, 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 Nick Foles - Arizona [6-5, 243, 5.14]
As I said in the past rounds, the Bills refusal to play Thigpen despite Fitz's injury could be indicative that they will be looking for a new QB to develop. Nick Foles has a good build and arm strength, but lacks speed. Atop that Foles performed poorly at the combines which dragged his stock down from a potential day 2 selection. Foles did have the largest hands (10.63") of any QB at the combine though. In the last two seasons, Foles has completed 673 of 986 passes for 7,420 yards, 48 touchdowns and 24 picks.
QB Russell Wilson - Wisconsin [5-11, 204, 4.55]
Wilson had a lackluster combine performance but offers more mobility in the pocket. Wilson was productive despite Wisconsin's emphasis on the run game and only falls this far due to his lack of height. Still he has 10.25" hands which is a good indicator of ball security. In his one season with Wisconsin Wilson completed 225 of 309 passes for 3,175 yards, 33 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions (he also completed 308 of 526 passes for 3,563 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 picks the year before at NC State).
OG Lucas Nix - Pittsburgh [6-5, 317, 5.43]
With 3 guards (all with starting experience) set to become free agents next year, the Bills could look for a longer term alternative. Nix had a fair combine but nothing special. He has good arm length for a guard at 33.5" and also could serve as a backup tackle if absolutely necessary.
WR Ryan Broyles - Oklahoma [5-10, 192, 4.46]
Broyles was one of the most productive receivers in college football and would've seen at least a day 2 selection had he not injured his knee part way through his senior year. Broyles had a strong pro-day with his speed which may cause a team to take him late in day 2, but for now most analysts have him going sometime in the fourth or fifth round. Over the last two seasons Broyles had 214 receptions for 2,779 yards and 24 TDs while also showing some ability returning punts.
WR Tommy Streeter - Miami [6-5, 219, 4.40]
The Bills could seek to secure a speed slot receiver to expand the field of play despite picking up a #2 receiver earlier in this mock. Streeter not only has speed but also offers another red zone threat to complement Nelson with his height. Streeter's biggest concern is a lack of playing time, having played solely in his junior year in which he made 46 receptions for 811 yards and 8 TDs.
DT Kheeston Randall - Texas [6-5, 293, 5.00]
Randall has great physical tools posting 28 bench press reps at the combine but struggled during his senior year. The Bills could look to add a defensive tackle as Dwan Edwards and Spencer Johnson stand a fair chance of becoming cap casualties atop having a lesser needs for 3-4 DEs. Over the last two seasons Randall made 64 tackles (14 for loss), 2 sacks and 9 hurries.
DE Malik Jackson - Tennessee [6-5, 284, 4.93]
The Bills could seek to add a rookie DE as Merriman is frequently injured. Jackson looked slow at the combine but did manage 25 bench press reps and a 1.69 10 yard dash. Over the last two seasons Jackson made 104 tackles (22 for loss), 7.5 sacks and 15 hurries.
DE Jonathan Massaquoi - Troy [6-2, 264, 4.78]
Massaquoi only managed 20 bench press reps at the combine but had a 1.70 10 yard dash. Massaquoi however has the size and overall speed to also play 3-4 OLB in some hybrid schemes as well. Over the last two years Massaquoi made 128 tackles (31 for loss), 18.5 sacks and 12 hurries.
LB Emmanuel Acho - Texas [6-1, 238, 4.68]
The Bills could double up at linebacker given that Barnett is getting old and Sheppard is a two done linebacker. At the Combines, Acho notched 24 bench press reps and a 35.5" vertical atop a fair 40 time. Acho made 198 tackles (25 for loss), 6.5 sacks, 8 hurries and 7 passes defended in his last two seasons..
LB Audie Cole - North Carolina State [6-4, 246, 4.72]
Cole looked slow at the combines and only managed 19 bench press reps and a 35" vertical, but throughout his career has shown great instincts. At NC State, Cole started off at outside linebacker before moving inside for this season. Over the last two years, Cole has made 194 tackles (22.5 for loss), 10.5 sacks, 6 hurries, 7 passes defended and 6 forced fumbles.
CB DaQuan Menzie - Alabama [5-11, 202, 4.59]
Menzie looked slow at the combines, but did a decent job being the Alabama corner targeted as teams avoided throwing the ball to Dre Kirkpatrick. The Bills will likely try to add another corner as Florence and McKelvin are inconsistent and McGee is often injured. In the last two seasons Menzie made 74 tackles (9 for loss), 1 pick and 15 passes defended.
CB Shaun Praeter - Iowa [5-10, 192, 4.48]
Prater had a quiet combines showing good speed and had 14 bench press reps. Over the last two seasons Prater has been a solid starter with 119 tackles, 5 interceptions, 9 passes defended and 4 forced fumbles.