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4 Mock Scenarios: Poll

With the NFL Draft set to kick off in a week (my time flies when there is no lockout) and because I have not posted my own mock in a while, I decided to propose four different mocks based off of what the Bills may do with their first round pick. In all scenarios I do not have the Bills trading up or (my preference) down, instead going for a combination of selecting best players available while trying to satisfy needs as well.

The biggest needs for the Bills are at left tackle, a #2 wide receiver, cornerback and strongside linebacker. The Bills could rely on current personnel at these areas; LT Chris Hairston, WR Marcus Easley, Donald Jones or Derek Hagan, CB Drayton Florence or CB Terrence McGee and LB Kirk Morrison. The Bills could easily double up at these areas by also addressing a speed slot receiver, a linebacker (outside or in) for depth and a switch tackle backup. Also on the docket is depth at cornerback, defensive end depth, defensive line depth, tight end, offensive line depth and the ever prevalent issue of quarterback. Before I have you look at the mocks, I am just going to explain my first round draft picks and addressing the priority needs for the Bills.

With the first mock I have the Bills taking LB Luke Kuechly. Kuechly fits the Bills need for an immediate playmaker and a long term solution for OLB in teh Bills new 4-3 defense. Barnett is nearing the end of his career (but is a solid WLB), Kelvin Sheppard is a 2-down MLB and Kirk Morrison is not set at starting at SLB. Though Kuechly has played mostly MLB in college for his captaining the defense and great instincts, he showed great speed and strength at the combine ad is solid in pass defense which is really handy given the struggles to contain TE Rob Gronkowski. Ideally Kuechly could start at SLB and shift to MLB in third down nickel formations.

In my second mock I have the Bills taking CB Stephon Gilmore. With concerns of Drayton Florence inconsistencies in pass coverage and Terrence McGee's injury woes, the Bills have been linked more and more to Gilmore. Gilmore has good instincts and as shown in the combine, has good speed as well. Should the Bills take Gilmore, he would start opposite Aaron Williams at corner with McGee playing at nickelback to keep healthy and keep Florence in red-zone situations.

In my third mock I have the Bills taking OT Cordy Glenn. Early on in 2011, LT Glenn gave up some big plays to likely first rounder Shea McClellin, but since then has been fairly consistent. With the departure of Demetrius Bell, the only left tackle the Bills have is Chris Hairston (Andy Levitre is fair, but is the emergency LT and is elite at guard). Glenn looked really good drills at the combines and not only benched 31 reps compared to Reiff's 23, but has the second longest arms for a tackle at 34.6" long (nearly 2" longer than Reiff) which aside from his long frame, means it will be easier to defend the edge. Glenn would ultimately provides ample competition for Hairston at LT if taken.

Lastly in my fourth mock I have the Bills taking WR Michael Floyd. While Floyd is a fan favorite and would instantly be the #2 receiver off of Easley, CHIX did not entertain him in visits (also the Bills did not host Reiff) over concerns of off-field issues. Right now there is a three-way competition between Marcus Easley, Donald Jones and Derek Hagan for the #2 role. Floyd has good speed and size for a starting receiver, but again, the Bills seem disinterested.

FIRST MOCK

1. LB Luke Kuechly - Boston College [6-3, 242, 4.50]
Other options at LB include Shea McClellin (Boise St) and Dont'a Hightower (Alabama)
2. WR Alshon Jeffery - South Carolina [6-3, 216, 4.48]
Other options at WR include Rueben Randle (LSU) and Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers)
3. CB Casey Heyward - Vanderbilt [5-11, 192, 4.53]
Other options at CB include Jamell Fleming (Oklahoma) and Brandon Boykin (Georgia)
4. OT Matt McCants - UAB [6-6, 302, 5.37]
Other options at OT include Jeff Allen (Illinois) and Zerbie Sanders (Florida St)
4. DE Bruce Irvin - West Virginia [6-3, 245, 4.43]
Other options at DE include Trevor Guyton (California) and Olivier Vernon (Miami)
5. QB Russell Wilson - Wisconsin [5-11, 204, 4.55]
Other options at QB include B.J. Coleman (Chattanooga) and Nick Foles (Arizona)
5. TE George Bryan - North Carolina St [6-5, 265, 4.77]
Other options at TE include Taylor Thompson (SMU) and Michael Egnew (Missouri)
6. WR Devon Wylie - Fresno St [5-9, 187, 4.39]
Other options at WR include T.J. Graham (N.C. St) and Marquis Maze (Alabama)
7. OL Scott Wedige - Northern Illinois [6-4, 314, 5.18]
Other options at OL include Desmond Wynn (Rutgers) and Antoine McClain (Clemson)
7. CB Cliff Harris - Oregon [5-11, 175, 4.59]
Other options at CB include D'Anton Lynn (Penn St) and Charles Brown (North Carolina)

SECOND MOCK

1. CB Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina [6-0, 190, 4.44]
Other options at CB include Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama) and Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama)
2. LB Bobby Wagner - Utah St [6-0, 241, 4.46]
Other options at LB include Lavonte David (Nebraska) and Mychal Kendricks (California)
3. OT Mitchell Schwartz - California [6-5, 318, 5.45]
Other options at OT include James Brown (Troy) and Brandon Mosley (Auburn)
4. WR Nick Toon - Wisconsin [6-2, 215, 4.39]
Other options at WR include Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma) and A.J. Jenkins (Illinois)
4. LB Emmanuel Acho - Texas [6-1, 238, 4.68]
Other options at LB include Josh Kaddu (Oregon) and Kyle Wilber (Wake Forest)
5. DE Jake Bequette - Arkansas [6-5, 275, 4.78]
Other options at DE include Jack Crawford (Penn St) and Malik Jackson (Tennessee)
5. CB Donnie Fletcher - Boston College [6-0, 201, 4.55]
Other options at CB include Keith Tandy (West Virginia) and Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina)
6. DT DaJohn Harris - USC [6-3, 306, 4.96]
Other options at DT include Markus Kuhn (N.C. State) and Brett Roy (Nevada)
7. OT Marcel Jones - Nebraska [6-6, 320, 5.67]
Other options at OT include Jeff Adams (Columbia) and James Carmon (Mississippi St)
7. TE Josh Chichester - Louisville [6-8, 240, 4.70]
Other options at TE include David Paulson (Oregon) and Matt Veldman (North Dakota St)

THIRD MOCK

1. OT Cordy Glenn - Georgia [6-6, 345, 5.15]
Other options at OT include Riley Reiff (Iowa) and Jonathan Martin (Stanford)
2. CB Josh Robinson - UCF [5-11, 199, 4.29]
Other options at CB include Jayron Hosley (Virginia Tech) and Trumaine Johnson (Montana)
3. WR Marvin McNutt - Iowa [6-3, 216, 4.54]
Other options at WR include Brian Quick (Appalachian St) and Juron Criner (Arizona)
4. LB Demario Davis - Arkansas St [6-2, 235, 4.53]
Other options at LB include Nigel Bradham (Florida St) and Josh Kaddu (Oregon)
4. WR Joe Adams - Arkansas [5-11, 179, 4.45]
Other options at WR include T.Y. Hilton (Florida International) and Jairus Wright (Arkansas)
5. OT Levy Adcock - Oklahoma St [6-5, 318, 5.14]
Other options at OT include Matt Reynolds (BYU) and Donald Stephenson (Oklahoma)
5. DT Jaye Howard - Florida [6-3, 301, 4.75]
Other options at DT include Kheeston Randall (Texas) and Marcus Forston (Miami)
6. DE Tim Fugger - Vanderbilt [6-3, 248, 4.60]
Other options at DE include Kourtnei Brown (Clemson) and Julian Miller (West Virginia)
7. QB Darron Thomas - Oregon [6-3, 220, 4.80]
Other options at QB include Jacoby Harris (Miami) and Jordan Jefferson (LSU)
7. LB Miles Burris - San Diego St [6-3, 235, 4.62]
Other options at LB include Danny Trevathan (Kentucky) and Chris Marve (Vanderbilt)

FOURTH MOCK

1. WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame [6-3, 220, 4.47]
Other options at WR include Kendall Wright (Baylor) and Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech)
2. DE Andre Branch - Clemson [6-4, 259, 4.62]
Other options at DE include Vinny Curry (Marshall) and Chandler Jones (Syracuse)
3. LB Tank Carder - TCU [6-2, 236, 4.56]
Other options at LB include Sean Spence (Miami) and Keenan Robinson (Texas)
4. CB Coryell Judie - Texas A&M [6-0, 194, 4.44]
Other options at CB Ron Brooks (LSU) and Chase Minnifield (Virginia)
4. OT Tom Compton - South Dakota [6-5, 314, 5.11]
Other options at OT include Andrew Datko (Florida St) and Nate Potter (Boise St)
5. OL Ryan Miller - Colorado [6-7, 321, 5.27]
Other options at OL include Lucas Nix (Pittsburgh) and Senio Kelemete (Washington)
5. LB Audie Cole - North Carolina St [6-4, 246, 4.72]
Other options at LB include Alex Hoffman-Ellis (Washington St) and Terrell Manning (N.C. St)
6. TE James Hanna - Oklahoma [6-4, 252, 4.49]
Other options at TE include Chase Ford (Miami) and Deangelo Peterson (LSU)
7. DT Travian Robertson - South Carolina [6-4, 302, 5.19]
Other options at DT include DeAngelo Tyson (Georgia) and Tydeke Powell (North Carolina)
7. WR Travis Benjamin - Miami [5-10, 172, 4.36]
Other options at WR include Jordan White (Western Michigan) and Patrick Edwards (Houston)

Go Bills!!

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