With the Ravens outlasting the 49ers in the Super Bowl despite a Buffalo Wild Wings moment, all attention is focused on the off-season. Well actually, Bills fans have been in off-season mode for a month now which is part of the reason why we are already on the second our mock series. We still have the combines to look forward to and with player pro-days, players stock can greatly change; that's why I run multiple community mock drafts!
With the second round, LB Alec Ogletree dominated the competition with 47% of the vote. In second was WR DeAndre Hopkins with 9% with WR Aaron Dobson in third with 7% of the vote. Ogletree's stock could slide due to his off-field drug issues (frankly I feel that is worse than Te'o's fake-girl-friend) and Bills fans are not unused to seeing a likely first round Bulldog sliding to them in the second round. So here is the mock as it stands. I will be posting Round 4 during the weekend.
Round 1. QB Mike Glennon - North Carolina State
Round 2. LB Alec Ogletree* - Georgia
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, 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 latter part of 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.
PROSPECTS - BIO BLASTS
WR Stedman Bailey* - West Virginia [5-10, 193, 4.40]
If the Bills are looking for an explosive receiver for their offense, Bailey could be their guy. Though definitely on the shorter side, I nonetheless decided to include Bailey, because of his incredible speed and receiving ability. In 2012, Bailey led the FBS with 25 TD receptions on 113 catches for 1,627 yards (14.4 avg). The year before, Bailey caught 72 passes for 1,279 yards (17.8 avg) and 12 TDs. Bailey still needs to develop a little though.
WR Chris Harper - Kansas State [6-1, 234, 4.56]
The Bills need a starting receiver either in the draft or via free agency as Stevie does better from the slot. One player whose stock I've seen rising over the past few months has been Chris Harper. Harper was the leading receiver for Heisman runner-up Collin Klein and has a similar size to Broncos #1 WR Demaryius Thomas. Harper in 2012 caught 58 passes for 857 yards (14.8 avg) and 3 TDs. He also caught 40 passes for 547 yards (13.7 avg) and 5 TDs in 2011. Harper played better than his stats as Klein tended to run with the ball a lot.
WR Quinton Patton - Louisiana Tech [6-2, 195, 4.52]
Patton shined in the senior bowl elevating his stock into Day 2 consideration. He rarely played against elite corners in the Western Athletic, but still showed strongly when the occasion rose. Patton caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards (13.4 avg) and 13 TDs in 2012 and caught 78 passes for 1,202 yards (15.4 avg) and 11 TDs in 2011.
WR Ryan Swope - Texas A&M [6-1, 206, 4.55]
Swope got to a slow start with Johnny Football this year, but rebounded well with some nice performances including an 11-111-1 performance against #1 Alabama. Swope lacks great speed but has sure hands that accounted for 72 catches for 913 yards (12.7 avg) and 8 TDs in 2012. In 2011, he caught 89 passes for 1,207 yards (13.6 avg) and 11 TDs.
OG Larry Warford - Kentucky [6-3, 340, 5.31]
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 to solidify the offense. Warford is a good pass protector, but his bulk makes it difficult to move to the second level in run blocking.
DE Tank Carradine - Florida State [6-5, 265, 4.75]
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. One player that emerged in his senior year was Carradine who in 2012 made 80 tackles (13 for loss), 11 sacks and 9 hurries. As a backup, Carradine made 38 tackles (8 for loss), and 5.5 sacks in 2011.
DE William Gholston* - Michigan State [6-7, 278, 4.75]
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. Gholston and Carrington would then likely split reps. Gholston has questions of his work ethic, but still had a fair junior year with 59 tackles (13 for loss), 4.5 sacks, 5 hurries and 10 deflected passes. The year before he made 70 tackles (16 for loss) 5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.
DE Brandon Jenkins - Florida State [6-3, 260, 460]
The reason why Carradine emerged this year was due to a season ending injury to starter Brandon Jenkins who in one game only managed 2 tackles (1 for loss) and 1 sack. Jenkins still is a good pass rusher and run defender who would probably best fit a 3-4 defense. In 2011 Jenkins made 41 tackles (12 for loss), 8 sacks and 5 hurries. The year before Jenkins made 63 tackles (21.5 for loss), 13.5 sacks and 4 hurries.
LB Jamie Collins - Southern Miss [6-3, 245, 4.70]
With Brian Scott a free agent, the Bills may be looking for an upgrade to man the strong-side linebacker position. Collins is a strong pass rusher with the ability to defend the pass as well. In 2012 he posted 92 tackles (20 for loss), 10 sacks, 4 FFs and 5 passes defended. In 2011 he made 98 tackles (19.5 for loss), 6.5 sacks, 8 hits and 8 passes defended.
LB Sean Porter - Texas A&M [6-2, 230, 4.55]
With Mike Pettine implementing a hybrid defense, Porter would be a good fit for the Bills in transition with the ability to play SLB in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Porter made 66 tackles (6.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, 3 hurries and 4 passes defended this year; the year before he made 79 tackles (17 for loss), 9.5 sacks, 6 hurries and 2 passes defended.
CB Leon McFadden - San Diego State [5-9, 193, 4.48]
The Bills could draft another corner given the struggles of Aaron Williams, McGee being injured every year and McKelvin possibly testing the market. McFadden has made a solid corner with 61 tackles, 3 picks and 12 passes defended in 2012. The year before he made 46 tackles, 2 interceptions and 13 passes defended.
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson - Connecticut [6-0, 192, 4.57]
Wreh-Wilson, the long forgotten grandson of our owner (not really), has been a big shut down corner for the Huskies. In 2012 he made 46 tackles, 1 pick and had 9 passes defended. The year before Wreh-Wilson made 37 tackles, 2 picks and had 7 passes defended.
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