I am putting myself in Buddy Nix's head in order to work out which the Bills go in the early rounds of the upcoming NFL draft.
I, for one, think that Russ Brandon still has faith in Buddy's abilities in running the draft process. Let's face it, Buddy's record in the draft (especially the early rounds) has been better than we as Bills fans have had in the 10 years before he took over as GM.
Buddy has stayed true to the following basic rules in terms of his drafting: 1. BPA, 2. Physically gifted, 3. No one year wonders, 4. Bring in the player for a pre-draft visit, 5. No moving around the draft board (I don't place much value in him giving up a 7th rounder to move up a couple of spots to get TJ Graham). Buddy also tends to favor players from the SEC (although Spiller of course is a glaring exception).
Looking at the list of pre-draft visitors as a starting point, I do not see the value of selecting a QB in round 1 (we also know that Buddy thinks it's not a good year to need one - translation "no QBs worthy of round 1 grade"). Applying our draft rules to what's left, two names stand out at pick 8 - "KeKe" Mingo (LSU) and Kenny Vaccaro (Texas).
Mingo is an elite level athelete who had a very good softmore season. Last season he was moved around in his junior year and his production sufferred a slight dip as a result. Vaccaro is a safety who has outstanding versatility. He can also fit the nickel back role and plays with loose hips. He is also outstanding on special teams.
In the 2nd round unlike a lot of progosticators I think Buddy will wait and see which of the QBs is available at 41 overall. Last year Buddy gambled didn't give up any picks and waited on Cordy Glenn to fall to us (again at 41). I believe that the Bills have similiar grades on Barkley-Nassib-Wilson and that Tyler Wilson is going to be ours at 41.
In the third round I am looking at TE Vance McDonald as the pick. He currently has round 2-3 grade. Otherwise I am hoping Ryan Swope falls into the 3rd round (unlikely)