With the third round of voting, we had a close battle, but in the end, WR Quinton Patton with 22% of the vote. In second was DE Tank Carradine with 17%. In third was LB Sean Porter with 11% of the vote. Here is the mock as it stands. I will be posting Round 5 mid-week.
Round 1. QB Mike Glennon - North Carolina State
Round 2. LB Alec Ogletree* - Georgia
Round 3. WR Quinton Patton - Louisiana Tech
I beyond doubt the Bills would take 2 rookie QBs and the Bills would draft two WR back-to-back, but aside from that, all other needs remain the same from OLB, DE and CB and depending on free agency, FS or OG. Here are 12 names of people that seem to be headed for the early part of Day 3 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.
PROSPECTS - BIO BLASTS
TE Gavin Escobar* - San Diego State [6-6, 255, 4.69]
So the Bills have a new head coach and offensive coordinator. With many teams utilizing a two TE threat, Marrone may try to do that. Escobar is a great receiving tight end with a tall frame that could add another red zone threat. In 2012 Escobar caught 42 passes for 543 yards and 6 TDs. In 2011 he caught 51 passes for 780 yards and 7 TDs.
TE Vance McDonald - Rice [6-4, 263, 4.83]
One tight end that really impressed at the senior bowl (and talked with the Bills) was McDonald. McDonald has blocking ability and some catching ability, although lacks the bigger height some teams like in their tight ends. In 2012 he caught 36 passes for 458 yards and 2 TDs while in 2011 he made 44 receptions for 541 yards and 5 TDs.
OG David Quessenberry - San Jose State [6-5, 294, 5.15]
Between little news of the Bills making headway with re-signing stud free agent LG Andy Levitre and Doug Marrone specializing in offensive lines, the Bills could take a guard in the early rounds as a backup. Quessenberry is like Levitre, a jack of all trades and a good all around blocker with a big frame.
DT Kwame Geathers* - Georgia [6-6, 350, 5.55]
With new DC Mike Pettine using a hybrid defense, the Bills could seek to add a back up nose tackle given that Troup has been injured a lot. Geathers hasn't flashed a lot, but is a big player that can take up a couple blockers. In 2012 he made 40 tackles (5 for loss), a sack and 6 hurries. The year before he only managed 14 tackles and a hurry.
DE Michael Buchanan - Illinois [6-6, 252, 4.70]
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. Buchanan struggled without Merculis this past year but still shows some good pass rush ability. In 2012 he made 57 tackles (7 for loss), 4.5 sacks, 5 hurries and 5 passes deflected. In 2011 Buchanan had 64 tackles (13.5 for loss), 7.5 sacks and 4 hurries.
DE Malliciah Goodman - Clemson [6-3, 272, 4.74]
One player who really stood out in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl was Goodman who had 2 sacks in the game. In 2012, Goodman made 20 tackles (9.5 for loss), 7 sacks, 3 hurries and had 4 forced fumbles. In 2011, he made 50 tackles (4.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks and 8 hurries.
LB Travis Long - Washington State [6-3, 256, 4.79]
The Bills may be looking for a pass rushing threat on the strong-side linebacker position as well. Long started off the year with a bang before receiving extra attention from teams. In 2012 he posted 61 tackles (12 for loss), 8.5 sacks, 3 hurries and 3 passes defended. In 2011 he made 43 tackles (12 for loss), 4 sacks and 3 passes defended.
LB Trevardo Williams - Connecticut [6-1, 235, 4.68]
With Mike Pettine implementing a hybrid defense, Williams could be a good fit for the Bills in transition with the ability to play SLB in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Williams made 42 tackles (13.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks and 3 hurries in 2012; the year before he had 43 tackles (15 for loss), 12.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 passes defended.
SS Robert Lester - Alabama [6-1, 212, 4.51]
Franchising Jairus Byrd would keep him in Buffalo, but George Wilson is starting to get old so the Bills may bring in some younger depth if Searcy is not the solution. Lester has been solid for the Tide, but unspectacular with 48 tackles (3.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks, 4 picks and 3 passes defended in 2012. The year before he made 39 tackles (1.5 for loss), 2 picks and 3 passes defended.
CB Terry Hawthorne [6-0, 190, 4.49]
The Bills could draft another corner given the struggles of Aaron Williams, McGee being injured every year and McKelvin possibly testing the market. Hawthorne has been a good corner for Illinois making 44 tackles (4 for loss), 1 pick and 6 passes defended in 2012. The year before Hawthorne made 60 tackles (5 for loss), 3 picks and had 78passes defended.
CB Tharold Simon* - LSU [6-2, 193, 4.54]
Simon was elevated into the starting lineup in 2012 and had some nice games in coverage. In 2012 he had 45 tackles, 4 picks and 9 passes defended. The year before, Simon made 42 tackles (2.5 for loss), 2 picks and 10 passes defended.
CB Darius Slay - Mississippi State [6-1, 190, 4.53]
With most teams throwing away from (likely first round pick) Johnthan Banks, Slay held his own. In 2012, Slay made 40 tackles, 5 picks and 6 passes defended. The year before, Slay made 24 tackles, 1 pick and 4 passes defended.
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.