So the Bills have their coaching staff in place; a very young, but exciting group of individuals in my opinion. With that set and the senior bowl wrapped up, the Bills have a much stronger idea where they'll be heading with the draft. Obviously the QBs struggled (thank you Brian for an excellent write-up), but there still is time to rebound with the combines. Besides, that's why I run multiple community mock drafts!
With this past first round, QB Mike Glennon edged out teh competition with 13% of the vote (42% wanting a QB). Tied for second were QB Ryan Nassib and CB Dee Milliner. LB Manti Te'o finished with 12% of the vote. So here is the mock as it stands. I will be posting Round 3 next week.
Round 1. QB Mike Glennon - North Carolina State
I beyond doubt the Bills would take 2 rookie QBs, especially back-to-back. But aside from that, all other needs remain the same from WR, LB, DE and CB and depending on free agency, FS or OG. Here are 12 names of people that seem to be headed for Day Two of the draft so remember to vote and argue for your favorite player. Here's a refresher for the Rules for the community mock draft. And for more information on players I encourage you to look at WalterFootball, CBS Sports or CFB Stats.
WR Aaron Dobson - Marshall [6-3, 200, 4.49]
Aaron who? Dobson never really stood out due to poor play at QB at Marshall, but clearly showed starting receiver quality with his catches at the senior bowl/practices. Dobson has good height, speed and again hands. In 2012, Dobson caught 57 passes for 679 yards (11.9 avg) and 3 TDs. In 2011, Dobson caught 49 passes for 668 yards (13.6 avg) and 12 TDs.
WR Cobi Hamilton - Arkansas [6-3, 209, 4.58]
The Bills need a starting receiver either in the draft or via free agency as Stevie does better from the slot. Hamilton was the go-to receiver for Tyler Wilson this year and though lacking speed (he has the height) had some great games including a 10 rec, 303 yard, 3 TD performance. In 2012, Hamilton caught 90 passes for 1,336 yards (14.8 avg) and 5 TDs. The year before, Hamilton was injured and only managed 34 catches for 542 yards (15.9 avg) and 4 TDs.
WR DeAndre Hopkins* - Clemson [6-1, 200, 4.40]
Part of Boyd's success at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl lies in his best receiver, Hopkins. A fast deep threat, Hopkins caught 82 passes for 1,405 yards (17.1 avg) and 18 TDs in 2012. The year before, he made 72 receptions for 978 yards (13.6 avg) and 5 TDs.
WR Da'Rick Rogers* - Tennessee Tech [6-3, 206, 4.48]
Da'Rick Rogers is very talented with good physical tools, but got kicked off Tennessee's team after a positive drug test. With the Vols in 2011, Rogers caught 67 passes for 1,040 yards (15.5 avg) and 9 TDs. Playing for Tenn Tech, Rogers caught 61 passes for 893 yards (14.6 avg) and 10 TDs. On field he's great, but off the field there could be issues...
OG Dallas Thomas - Tennessee [6-5, 310, 5.15]
Between little news (as of 1-27) of the Bills making headway with re-signing free agent LG Andy Levitre and Doug Marrone specializing in offensive lines, the Bills could take a guard in the early rounds. Thomas emerged this past season as a tough guard, very able in pass protection and almost as good with run blocking.
DE Margus Hunt - SMU [6-8, 280, 4.83]
With new DC Mike Pettine using a hybrid defense, the Bills could seek to add a 3-4 DE with good pass rush ability if Mario Williams reverts to strongside OLB and Carrington remains the top reserve lineman. Hunt was really impressive in his senior year with several standout performances. In 2012 he made 31 tackles (11.5 for loss), 8 sacks, 11 hurries and 2 forced fumbles. The year before he made 28 tackles (7.5 for loss) and 3 sacks.
DE Corey Lemonier* - Auburn [6-4, 246, 460]
With Kyle Moore a free agent and Mark Anderson not having made much of an impact last year (yes I know he was oft injured), the Bills could look for another pass rusher. Like the rest of the Auburn football team, Lemonier had an off year, but still played better than his stats indicated. For the season Lemonier recorded 34 tackles (5.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks and 12 hurries. In 2011 he made 47 tackles (13.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks, 15 hits and 5 forced fumbles.
LB Khaseem Greene - Rutgers [6-1, 230, 4.63]
With Brian Scott a free agent and the Bills maybe needing a versatile linebacker and defensive leader , the Bills may look to add Khaseem Greene. Greene started as a safety initially, but has done well as a linebacker posting 136 tackles (12 for loss), 6.0 sacks, 10 hits, 6 FFs, 2 picks and 5 passes defended in 2012. In 2011 he posted 140 tackles (14 for loss), 3.5 sacks, 3 hits and 3 FFs. Greene would have to add some weight to man the strong-side OLB spot.
LB Alec Ogletree - Georgia [6-3, 236, 4.61]
Between Kelvin Sheppard struggling and Nick Barnett starting to show his age, the Bills may opt to strengthen their weak linebacker corps. Ogletree is a first round talent, but after failing a drug test that caused him to miss a few games, has some off-field concerns. Ogletree has made 111 tackles (11.5 for loss), 3 sacks, 5 hurries and 5 passes defended in 2012 while making 52 tackles (7.5 for loss), 3 sacks, 3 hurries, 2 forced fumbles and 2 passes defended in 2011.
LB Chase Thomas - Stanford [6-4, 245, 4.61]
With Mike Pettine implementing a hybrid defense, Thomas would be a good fit for the Bills in transition with the ability to play SLB in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. A tough run defender and effective pass rusher, Thomas has made 71 tackles (15.5 for loss), 7.5 sacks, 5 hurries and 4 passes defended this year; the year before he made 52 tackles (17.5 for loss), 8.5 sacks, 4 hurries and 5 forced fumbles.
CB David Amerson* - N.C. State [6-3, 194, 4.46]
A big, fast corner, Amerson decided to leave early after a so-so season. This year, Amerson made 61 tackles, 5 interceptions and 12 passes defended. Amerson really shone in his sophomore year when he led the nation with 13 picks, also recording 59 tackles and 5 passes defended in 2011. The Bills could draft another corner given Aaron Williams struggles, McGee being injured every year and McKelvin possibly testing the market.
CB Jordan Poyer - Oregon State [6-0, 190, 4.45]
Poyer has been a sound corner for the Beavers with good speed and coverage ability. Poyer in 2012 made 50 tackles (5 for loss), 2 sacks, 7 picks and 7 passes defended. The year before Poyer made 57 tackles, 4 picks and had 12 passes defended.
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.