Given the flurry of releases and signings the Bills made this past week, I am leaning towards finishing the Our Mock 2.0 series prematurely. So if you want to continue, rec'd below and I'll throw in a sixth round.
With the fourth round of voting, we had a close battle, but given that more people wanted to draft a corner (25%), CB Terry Hawthorne of Illinois won with 12% of the vote. In second was DT Kwame Geathers with 14%. In third was TE Gavin Escobar with 11% of the vote. Here is the mock as it stands.
Round 1. QB Mike Glennon - North Carolina State
Round 2. LB Alec Ogletree* - Georgia
Round 3. WR Quinton Patton - Louisiana Tech
Round 4. CB Terry Hawthorne - Illinois
I beyond doubt the Bills would take 2 rookie QBs, but given the coaching change, I wouldn't doubt if Nix doubles up at linebacker, receiver or in the secondary. Other positions the Bills could target are the defensive line, the offensive line, tight end and half back. 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 atWalterFootball, CBS Sports or CFB Stats.
PROSPECTS - BIO BLASTS
RB Marcus Lattimore* - South Carolina [6-0, 218, 4.50]
Lattimore was the nation's best running back in 2012 until he blew out his knee. The Bills have Spiller as their #1 RB, but Fred Jackson, a solid RB was oft injured last year. More importantly the Bills don't have a solid #3 back especially given that Choice is a free agent. Lattimore is explosive and could be a solid player in a few years. In 2012 he ran 143 times for 662 yards (4.6 avg) and 11 TDs before his injury and caught 26 passes for 173 yards. In 2011 he rushed for 818 yards on 163 carries (5.0 avg) and 10 TDs.
FB Zach Line - Southern Methodist [6-1, 230, 4.69]
Between the Bills not having a #3 RB and FB Corey McIntyre a free agent, the Bills could look to add a powerful FB in the draft. Line played running back for SMU, but his size and speed is more that of a FB. He could give the Bills that goal-line punch they've lacked. In 2012 Line ran 277 times for 1,278 yards (4.6 avg) and 13 TDs while catching 33 passes for 229 yards. The year before he ran for 1,224 yards on 208 carries (5.9 avg) and 17 TDs.
TE Levine Toilolo - Stanford [6-8, 265, 4.62]
Nix recently said the Bills might try to bring in another tight end to complement Scott Chandler. Toilolo never got a chance to emerge at Stanford playing backup to two solid tight ends, Coby Fleener (round 2 pick to the Colts last year) and Zach Ertz (one of the best TEs in the draft this year). Still Toilolo put up solid numbers with 24 receptions for 393 yards and 4 TDs in 2012. In 2011 he caught 25 passes for 343 yards and 6 TDs.
TE Michael Williams - Alabama [6-6, 270, 4.77]
Lee Smith has been OK, but never a major second TE threat. With many teams utilizing a two TE threat, the Bills could draft Williams who was a solid blocker for the Tide and showed some receiving ability. In 2012 Williams caught 24 passes for 183 yards and 4 TDs. In 2011 he caught 16 passes for 191 yards and 2 TDs.
WR Tavarres King - Georgia [6-1, 191, 4.49]
With the Bills opting not to re-sign Donald Jones, the Bills could double up in the draft for some depth. King improved throughout the year and emerged as a good starter. In 2012 he caught 42 passes for 950 yards (22.6 avg) and 9 TDs showing off his speed. In 2011 he made 46 receptions for 677 yards (14.7 avg) and 8 TDs.
OL Braden Hansen - Brigham Young [6-6, 310, 5.10]
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 reserve lineman in the late rounds. Hansen was a solid starter for BYU and is a jack of all trades playing tackle, guard and center.
DT Montori Hughes - Tennessee-Martin [6-4, 327, 5.35]
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. Hughes has lacked consistently but was solid in his senior year and in the Senior Bowl. In 2012 he made 42 tackles (8.5 for loss) and had 4 sacks. In 2011 Hughes had 28 tackles (6.5 for loss) and a sack.
DE Lavar Edwards [6-3, 272, 4.82]
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. Stuck behind Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo, Lavar Edwards could be a good role DE/OLB for the Bills. In 2012 Edwards recorded 26 tackles (7 for loss), 4.5 sacks and 3 hurries. In 2011, he notched 26 tackles (4.5 for loss), a sack and 2 hurries.
DE Devin Taylor - South Carolina [6-8, 267, 4.69]
Despite playing along side future #1 pick DE Jadveon Clowney, Taylor was unspectacular, but salvaged his draft stock in the East-West Bowl. In 2012, Taylor made 45 tackles (8.5 for loss), 3 sacks, 3 hurries and had 6 passes defended. In 2011, he made 42 tackles (8.5 for loss), 6 sacks and 6 hurries.
LB Cameron Lawrence - Mississippi State [6-3, 230, 4.70]
With Nick Barnett out and the Bills needing linebackers, the Bills could look at Lawrence. In 2012 Lawrence posted 120 tackles (10 for loss), 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 picks and 4 passes defended. In 2011 he made 123 tackles (6 for loss), 2 sacks, 2 hurries, 2 picks and 5 passes defended.
LB DeVonte Holloman - South Carolina [6-2, 241, 4.70]
With Mike Pettine implementing a hybrid defense and LB Bryan Scott a free agent, the Bills could look to add a hybrid LB and safety. Holloman made 55 tackles (8 for loss), 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 picks and 4 passes defended in 2012; the year before he had 51 tackles (4 for loss), 1 pick and 4 passes defended.
SS Brandon Bishop - N.C. State [6-2, 205, 4.60]
The Bills likely to franchise FS Jairus Byrd, but opted to release SS George Wilson (I was devastated). The Bills may bring in some younger depth to back up Searcy. Bishop has been fairly solid for NC State with 103 tackles (3 for loss), 2 forced fumbles, 3 picks and 7 passes defended in 2012. The year before he made 89 tackles (3.5 for loss) and 5 interceptions.
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