With the tenth pick of the 2012 Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected CB Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina. While personally I would have preferred the Bills to have traded down for a left tackle prospect, this pick does make sense as Gilmore with one of the best players available. Indeed Mel Kiper last night viewed Gilmore as a solid all around corner who has a good combination of speed and height with playmaking.. What this does in turn though is raises the question what the Bills should and will do next, particularly in the second round.
Compounding this situation has been the unexpected rise and fall of certain players. There are potentially a few left tackle prospects out there, as there are linebackers, wide receivers, defensive ends and even a developmental QB or two. Below I have included 16 names the Bills could target, larger than my usual list given that I have no idea what fans would want heading in with the ninth pick of the second round. As a result, I have only been able to include a basic bio blast about the players so please comment and argue for why you want a certain player.
QB Brock Osweiler – Arizona State [6-7, 242, 4.70]
Osweiler sat out of the combines for some reason, but rebounded with a good pro-day. Osweiler is very raw but has good physical measurements with 9.88” hands, a strong arm and surprising mobility. He will need a few years to develop, which could work well with Fitz as the definitive starter. As a one year starter Osweiler completed 326 of 516 passes for 4,036 yards, 26 TDs and 13 interceptions.
OT Mike Adams – Ohio State [6-7, 323, 5.40]
With the departure of Demetrius Bell, the Bills will at least be looking to add a left tackle prospect to compete with Chris Hairston for the starting job. Adams has a big frame and 34” arms, but only managed 19 bench press reps at the Combines. Adams was a fairly solid left tackle in college, but still needs some improvement.
OT Cordy Glenn – Georgia [6-6, 345, 5.15]
Glenn has great measurements between his size, 35.75” arms and putting forth good speed and 31 bench press reps at the combines. That being said, Glenn struggled at LT at the beginning of the season prompting analysts to think he's a better fit at guard, but rebounded well enough by the end.
OT Jonathan Martin – Stanford [6-5, 312, 5.18]
Martin hurt his stock after sitting out of the combines. Though he protected Luck's blindside well over the years and has 34” arms, Martin had a mixed review of his pro-day and will need fine tuning.
OT Bobby Massie – Mississippi [6-6, 316, 5.23]
Massie has a big frame with 35” arms, but only posted 22 bench press reps at the combine. Though he has really only played right tackle in college, Massie is high on Mel Kiper's list (not mine lol), and could be seen as having the athleticism to shift to the left side.
WR Stephen Hill – Georgia Tech [6-4, 215, 4.36]
The Bills could seek to add a #2 WR if the question marks with the LT prospects are too high. Though unproductive, Hill had a ridiculously strong combine performance with a 1.20’ 10 yard split and a 39.5” vertical. Last year he caught just 28 passes for 820 yards and 5 TDs.
WR Alshon Jeffery – South Carolina [6-3, 216, 4.48]
Jeffery sat out of the combines, but between having a good frame, 10.25” hands, and a strong pro-day with a 36.5” vertical, could be a nice WR prospect. He caught 137 passes for 2,279 yards and 17 TDs over two years.
WR Brian Quick – Appalachian State [6-4, 220, 4.55]
At the combines Quick was fair, but had a nice 1.47’ 10 yard split and a 34” vertical at his pro-day. A productive receiver Quick caught 118 passes for 1,940 yards and 20 TDs over two years.
WR Rueben Randle – LSU [6-3, 210, 4.43]
Randle only had a 31” vertical, but improved on his speed at his pro-day. Despite erratic QB play he caught 86 passes for 1,461 yards and 11 TDs.
DE Andre Branch – Clemson [6-4, 259, 4.62]
The Bills picked up a pair of defensive ends in free agency, but have scouted a few DE prospects, probably because of Merriman's injury concerns and the fact that Anderson and Kelsay are over 30. Branch had a good combine with a 1.56’ split and 34” arms and made 131 tackles (24.5 for loss), 15.5 sacks and 13 hurries over the last two years.
DE Vinny Curry – Marshall [6-3, 266, 4.85]
Curry did not show good speed at the combines (though he had a 1.68’ split), but some thought he could've been a late first rounder having made 101 tackles (40 for loss), 23 sacks, 24 hurries and 9 forced fumbles over the last two years.
DE Courtney Upshaw – Alabama [6-2, 272, 4.70]
Upshaw lacks great speed and sat out of the combines which hurt his stock. Still as a pass rusher he made 104 tackles (32.5 for loss), 16.5 sacks, 12 hurries and 6 forced fumbles over two years.
LB Zach Brown – North Carolina [6-1, 244, 4.44]
The Bills could seek to add a linebacker to contribute at the SLB as the Bills need someone to better cover Gronkowski. Brown had a mixed combine outing showing good speed and a 33.5” vertical, but didn't accel at position drills. He made 177 tackles (15 for loss), 5.5 sacks, 6 hurries, 3 forced fumbles, 4 passes defended and 6 picks over two years
LB Lavonte David – Nebraska [6-1, 233, 4.56]
David is a little on the smaller size, but had a good combine despite just 19 bench press reps, showing good speed and a 36.5” vertical. One of the better pass coverage OLBs, he made 285 tackles (24.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, 6 hurries, 10 passes defended and 3 forced fumbles over two years
LB Mychal Kendricks – California [5-11, 239, 4.41]
Kendricks played MLB in college but had a ridiculously strong combine with 24 bench press reps, a 39.5” vertical and a blazing 40 time. He made 170 tackles (28.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks and 3 picks over two years
LB Bobby Wagner – Utah State [6-0, 241, 4.46]
Wagner sat out of the combines, but had a strong pro-day with 24 bench press reps, a 39.5” vertical and a fast 40 time as well as a strong senior bowl. He made 280 tackles (19.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, 5 hurries and 4 passes defended over two years.