GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Justin Blackmon #81 and Isaiah Anderson #82 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrate after Blackmon caught a 17-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Greg Cosell of NFL Films took a unique approach to his first-ever NFL mock draft: he removed the guesswork of the exercise, didn't predict trades, disregarded everything about prospects save for what he saw on tape, and projected players to teams based on his evaluations and his perception of team needs.
It may not be a typical - or even practical - approach to mock drafting, but the piece is rife with information and is certainly worth discussing given Cosell's reputation. The Buffalo Bills, for what it's worth, landed Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon in the exercise - passing up the opportunity to snag USC tackle Matt Kalil in the process.
Don't read the article looking for betting advice; instead, absorb its surprising and interesting contents. Examples: Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) being the top-rated cornerback, two spots ahead of Morris Claiborne (LSU); commentary on Luke Kuechly and Mark Barron; and, of course, Cosell's evaluations on several more potential Bills targets, including Michael Floyd, Cordy Glenn, Dre Kirkpatrick, Rueben Randle, Mike Adams and Riley Reiff - all of whom were first-round picks.