With the fifth round, Bills fans overwhelmingly supported nabbing the honey badger, CB Tyrann Mathieu with 48% of the vote despite his off-field concerns. In second was OG J.C. Tretter with 9% and LBs Zaviar Gooden and Kevin Reddick each with 8% of the vote in third.
A quick note of order, Wednesday morning I’ll be posting Our Mock 6.1 for fans to express their thoughts in the hours leading up to the draft in which I’ll feature a few surprises… But in the meanwhile, here is the current mock as it stands.
The Bills still have a number of needs and could double up in a few areas, but with the final pick, I’ve open up the poll to most positions. An asterisk (*) indicates that player is a junior and I used unofficial 40 times which are the faster recorded times. Information that I have compiled on the 14 players below has come from the following sources: Walter Football, CBS Sports, NFL Draft Scout, Buffalo Bills Draft and CFB Stats.
HB Michael Ford* - LSU [5-10, 210, 4.40]
Ford is an explosive back who could provide competition for Choice as the third RB. As LSU employed its back on rotation, Ford saw limited action this year, but still did well with 71 attempts for 392 yards (5.5 avg) and 3 TDs. Ford has good speed showing up with a 1.50’ split, a 39.5” vertical and 25 bench press reps at his pro-day.
HB Lonnie Pryor – Florida State [6-0, 227, 4.64]
Given that the Bills brought in Juszczyk, they may look for a full-time FB. Pryor fits that build as a decent blocker who also brings a run threat as well. This past year he ran 47 times for 376 yards (8.0 avg) and 8 TDs while catching 13 balls for 117 yards (9.0 avg). At the combine he ran a 1.59’ split, a 30” vertical and had 17 reps on the bench.
TE Chris Gragg – Arkansas [6-3, 244, 4.46] 1.54’ split, 18 reps, 37.5” v
The Bills could double at TE given a lack of depth behind the injured Chandler. Part of why Arkansas struggled so mightily this year was an injury dealt to this guy. Gragg, though on the small end for a TE, has great speed posting a 1.54’ split, a 37.5” vertical and 18 reps at the combine. In 5 games this year, Gragg had 22 grabs for 289 yards (13.1 avg) and 3 TDs.
WR Jasper Collins – Mount Union [5-10, 180, 4.47]
Given the lack of depth at receiver, the Bills could easily double up at this position. Collins is a small school prospect with big numbers in the past; in 2012 he made 92 receptions for 1,694 yards (18.4 avg) and 22 TDs. Though small, Collins has good speed posting a 1.56’ split, 12 reps, and a 34.5” vertical at the combine.
WR Marcus Davis – Virginia Tech [6-3, 233, 4.44]
Davis is a workout warrior to be sure, but as a starting receiver was inconsistent. Still it’s hard to ignore his 1.55’ split, 19 reps and 39.5” vertical that he had at the combine. Davis also has large hands. In 2o12 he caught 51 passes for 953 yards (18.7 avg) and 5 TDs.
OL Blaize Foltz – TCU [6-4, 310, 5.32]
The Bills lack a definitive starting left guard (or proven depth) and seem content to let the draft fill this need. Foltz has been a decent starter for the Horned Frogs, but despite a slow 40 and 1.86’ split notched 33 reps on the bench at his pro day. He has only 31” arms.
OL Eric Herman – Ohio [6-4, 320, 5.21]
Herman was a solid starter for Ohio (not the Buckeyes) who led linemen with 36 reps on the bench at the combine while also recording a 1.80’ split. Herman has average arm length at 32.3” but big hands.
OL Earl Watford – James Madison [6-3, 300, 5.06]
Watford is a little on the smaller end which has some teams thinking center, but he has been a solid player with a 1.77’ split and 24 reps at the combine. He also looked fairly good in the drills and has long 34” arms
DE Mike Catapano – Princeton [6-4, 271, 4.75]
What’s with all the smart people entering the draft!? Catapano is certainly worth a look given his 1.62’ split, 33 reps and 37.5” vertical at his pro-day. The Bills could go with another pass rusher given the complexities of a hybrid defense. In 2012 he made 41 tackles (15.5 for loss), 12 sacks, 3 hurries, 3 FFs and 5 passes broken up.
DE Travis Long – Washington State [6-4, 243, 4.79]
Long started off the year with a bang, but a late knee injury slowed his production down and kept him from working out. In 2012 Long recorded 61 tackles (12 for loss), 8.5 sacks, 3 hurries and 3 passes broken up.
DE Quanterus Smith – W Kentucky [6-5, 250, 4.74] knee injury
Another pass rusher whose knee injury kept him from working out and keeping his stock low in the draft. Smith has a good build though and was productive in the Sun Belt. In 2012 he recorded 38 tackles (18.5 for loss), 12.5 sacks and 3 hurries. He is definitely more of a pass rusher than a coverage guy from what (little) I’ve seen.
LB Michael Mauti – Penn State [6-2, 243, 4.83]
The Bills lack a solid interior 3 down ILB; Mauti is coming off of back-back knee injuries, but when healthy, played like a day 2 candidate and is definitely in the running to be drafted late. He logged 28 reps on the bench. In 2012 he notched 96 tackles (4 for loss), 2.5 sacks, 3 picks and 2 passes broken up. Playing just four games in 2011 he notched 21 tackles (3 for loss), 1 pick and 3 passes broken up in four games.
FS Brandan Bishop – NC State [6-2, 205, 4.60]
The Bills are shifting Aaron Williams to safety, but there are just three seeming locks right now. As a senior, Bishop made 103 tackles (3 for loss), 2 FFs, 7 passes broken up and 3 picks. At the combine Bishop recorded a 1.57’ split, 22 reps and a 32” vertical, but he had a slow 40 time.
CB Micah Hyde – Iowa [6-0, 197, 4.56]
With Williams moving to safety, I opted to give the Bills one more shot at corner. Hyde had a lackluster combine with a 1.59’ split, 12 reps, and a 33.5” vertical. In 2012 Hyde recorded 78 tackles (4 for loss), 14 passes broken up, 2 FFs and a pick. He’s played better than his stats indicated, but the slow 40 has definitely stacked him in the lower half of the draft.