So the Bills have their new coach in Doug Marrone! So far I haven't seen any significant change of direction in our current needs so I'll be continuing this group mock draft. With the first round, Bills fans overwhelmingly selected ILB Manti Te'o to man the middle of the Bills defense with 53% of the vote!! Almost tied for second were QBs Tyler Wilson and Tajh Boyd with 11% of the vote apiece. Here's our mock so far.
The Bills may end up taking another linebacker to help on the strongside. But aside from that, all other needs remain the same from QB, WR, 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.
QB Mike Glennon - N.C. State [6-6, 232, 4.62]
Glennon is the biggest QB in the draft this year, but is surprisingly agile in the pocket. With not much of a cast to work with, Glennon still pulled off an impressive year completing 330 of 564 passes (58.5%) for 4,031 yards, 31 TDs and 17 INTs. In 2011, Glennon completed 283 of 453 passes (62.5%) for 3,054 yards, 31 TDs and 12 picks.
QB Landry Jones - Oklahoma [6-4, 216, 4.82]
I'd have A.J. McCarron here except he wants a shot at a third BCS title... so I put in Lance who has a powerful arm, but lacks mobility in the pocket. In 2012, Jones completed 332 of 507 passes (65.5%) for 3,994 yards, 29 TDs and 10 INTs. In 2011, Landry completed 355 of 562 passes (63.2%) for 4,463 yards, 29 TDs and 15 INTs.
QB Ryan Nassib - Syracuse [6-2, 229, 4.80]
Will Doug Maronne try to retain his star QB, perhaps? Nassib is a somewhat mobile QB with a good arm. In 2012, Nassib completed 295 of 415 passes (62.5%) for 3,753 yards, 26 TDs and 10 picks while rushing 85 times for 137 yards and 2 TDs. The year before Nassib completed 259 of 415 passes (62.4%) for 2,685 yards, 22 TDs and 9 picks.
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...
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 another LB for the strong-side, I thought to throw out a safety/linebacker hybrid who has emerged in the last two seasons. 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 Chase Thomas - Stanford [6-4, 245, 4.61]
Taking two linebackers before a QB would probably be met with much resistance, but there are some who argue defense comes first. 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.
FS Eric Reid* - LSU [6-2, 212, 4.45]
If Jairus Byrd leaves via free agency, the Bills will need a strong player to replace him. Reid is a sound play-maker with good instincts and size. In 2012 Reid made 91 tackles, 2 picks and 7 passes defended while making 76 tackles, 2 picks and 3 passes defended the year before.
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.