In the second round of voting, TE Coby Fleener of Stanford narrowly won the vote with 24% of the vote. One vote behind Fleener was OT Zerbie Sanders with 24% of the vote. In third was QB Brock Osweiler with 13% of the vote, but it should be noted that 15% of Bills fans wanted the Bills to draft a cornerback instead with Josh Robinson being the most preferred option. Here’s the mock so far.
1. WR Michael Floyd – Notre Dame
2. TE Coby Fleener – Stanford
With the Bills needing just one other starting receiver, I took the WR option off the list for a few rounds; the Bills could take another receiver as early as the fourth round for a speed slot option/punt returner. Additionally with the Bills set with Scott Chandler and now Fleener at TE, I am taking off that choice as well. Other options still available are linebacker, corner-back, left tackle, defensive lineman depth, offensive line depth and quarterback.
This time around, 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 Kirk Cousins – Michigan State [6-3, 214, 4.93]
Cousins was one of the sharpest passers at the combines and with his own scripted work out during his pro-day, looks like a solid day 2 selection. Though not used much in favor of the Spartan running game, over the last two seasons Cousins completed 493 of 757 passes for 6,141 yards, 45 touchdowns and 20 picks. Cousins does not bring a lot of mobility to the pocket on the other hand.
OG Tony Bergstrom – Utah [6-5, 313, 5.27]
Bergstrom will have to shift inside as he only has 32” arms, but has been a solid lineman and benched 32 reps at the combines and could also double as a backup RT if need be. The Bills could draft a guard as Levitre, Urbik and Rinehart are all free agents after 2012.
OT Jeff Allen – Illinois [6-4, 307, 5.28]
Jeff Allen has been a solid left tackle for the Illini and made up for his smaller size by looking sharp in positional drills. At the combines Allen had 26 bench presses and his arms measured out at 33.5”. With Demetrius Bell possibly lost to free agency, the Bills would be best off to give Chris Hairston some competition at left tackle.
OT Mitchell Schwartz – California [6-5, 318, 5.45]
Lost among the better LT prospects like Kalil and Martin from the PAC12 is Schwartz. He had a strong combine measuring in with 33.5” arms and 23 bench presses. Additionally he has been very solid at left tackle over the years and has a similar size to the linemen CHIX seems to like.
DT Derek Wolfe – Cincinnati [6-5, 280, 4.94]
Wolfe had a nice combine performance with 33 bench presses and a fast forty yard dash (for a lineman). Over the course of the last two seasons, Wolfe has made 118 tackles (27 for loss), 12.5 sacks and 8 hurries. Defensive tackle is not the biggest priority with two set starters but both Dwan Edwards and Spencer Johnson could become cap casualties.
DE Jake Bequette – Arkansas [6-5, 270, 4.78]
Bequette may not be the fastest DE, but displayed good mobility in position drills at the Combines and has a big frame. The Bills could pick up a defensive end despite having four big veterans on the roster as both Kelsay and Anderson are over 30 and Merriman has serious injury concerns. The SEC DE made 60 tackles (19 for loss), 17 sacks, 10 hurries and 6 forced fumbles in the last two years.
LB Nigel Bradham – Florida State [6-2, 241, 4.53]
The Bills have indicated that they may look for a SLB with good speed and an ability to defend the pass. Bradham is seen as a late day 2 selection given his good performance in the ACC and ability to defend the pass. Additionally, Bradham had a strong combine showing with fast speed (1.65 second 10 yard dash), a good vertical (37") and 24 on the bench press. Over the last two years, Bradham made 183 tackles (15 for loss), 7 sacks, 2 interceptions and 10 passes defended.
LB Tank Carder – TCU [6-2, 236, 4.56]
Carder is another fast OLB, and has been a staple for the Horned Frogs defense. Over the last two seasons Carder made 131 tackles (14 for loss), 3.5 sacks, 8 passes defended and 3 picks. Carder helped bring up his stock with strong positional drills at the combines following a slow start to his senior year.
LB Bruce Irvin – West Virginia [6-3, 248, 4.43]
Though he played DE in college, Irvin has the weight and speed of a 3-4 OLB and could even be seen as a pass rush specialist as a 4-3 OLB. The Bills do plan on entertaining him among dozens of prospects. At the combines, Irvin posted a 1.63 second 10 yard dash atop a 4.43 40 yard dash and had 23 bench presses. Irvin slips to the third round due to a sluggish 2011 campaign. Still Irvin has made 61 tackles (28.5 for loss), 22 sacks and 5 forced fumbles in the last two seasons.
CB Brandon Boykin – Georgia [5-9, 181, 4.44*]
Boykin didn’t participate much in the combines aside from posting a solid 16 bench presses, but is relatively quick and could become a contender for punt returning duties as the Bills have opted to not re-sign Roscoe. Boykin has made 99 tackles (17.5 for loss), 12 passes defended and 6 picks over the last two years, atop of 14 punt returns for 180 yards and a TD in his senior year.
CB Casey Hayward – Vanderbilt [5-11, 193, 4.53]
One corner who had a strong combine in speed (1.52 second 10 yard dash), 19 bench presses and positional drills was Hayward. A ball hawk in the SEC, Hayward excels in zone coverage having made 132 tackles (9.5 for loss), 21 passes defended and 13 interceptions in the last two years.
CB Trumaine Johnson – Montana [6-2, 204, 4.50]
Johnson had a strong combine performance with 19 bench presses, a 35.5” vertical and a good 40 yard dash time. Although he hails from an FCS school, Johnson has been a shut-down corner with a good combination of size and speed Gailey likes in his corners. He has made 88 tackles, 18 passes defended and 6 interceptions over the last 2 seasons.