With the third round the Bills fans have selected LB Shanye Skov from Stanford with 31% of the vote (43% for LB). Skov is a heck of an interior LB, but he has yet to regain all of his speed coming off a big injury sustained a few years ago. In second was TE C.J. Fiedorowicz with 23% followed by WR Donte Moncrief with 13%. Here’s Our Mock right now.
The Bills may just take an insurance DB option given their chances of retaining Jairus Byrd, but from here on in its starting to look like offensive draft picks will dominate the rest of the board. Other needs still include a tall WR, TE, WR, OL depth, HB depth and potentially QB depth.
My thought is that we will be wrapping this mock up by the end of the Combine in the third week of February. By then we may have a better idea of where players will go and Our Mock 2.0 will kick off. But for now, here are some names to consider for the fourth round.
QB Zach Mettenberger – LSU [6-5, 230, 4.90]
Mettenberger could have been a late first round pick had he not injured his knee at the end of this season. He was showing signs of development with his accuracy and big arm, but not being able to work out hurts his stock. In 2013 he completed 65% of his passes (192/296) for 3,082 yards, 22 TDs and 8 picks.
RB Charles Sims – West Virginia [5-11, 214, 4.53]
Sims is a jack of all trade RB in that he can run, catch and block. The Bills top 2 backs are free agents in 2015 so Marrone may take a mid-level pick to groom and help out given injury concerns. Sims ran 208 times for 1,095 yards (5.3 avg) and 11 TDs this year while catching 45 passes for 401 yards and 3 TDs.
TE Marcel Jensen – Fresno St [6-5, 264, 4.77]
Jensen was a big TE weapon for the high-powered Bulldog offense. If he can show some speed, he could be a late Day 2 pick. This season he had 26 catches for 353 yards (13.6 avg) and 3 TDs.
TE Arthur Lynch – Georgia [6-4, 258, 4.78]
Lynch is a solid blocker and able receiver. With the other Bulldog receivers injured, Lynch stepped up a bit hauling in 30 catches for 459 yards (15.3 avg) and 5 TDs.
TE Xavier Grimble – USC [6-5, 255, 4.65]
Grimble would have done well to develop his skills with another year in school, but he is a good athlete and look what Cleveland has done with Cameron. This season Grimble made 25 receptions for 270 yards (10.8 avg) and 2 TDs.
WR Devin Street – Pittsburgh [6-4, 190, 4.57]
Leading off the mid-round tall WRs is Street who could go higher if he can add speed/muscle. The Bills have an interesting situation to address with the WR corps in terms of playing time if they draft a fourth receiver in three years. Street made 51 catches for 854 yards (16.8 avg) and 7 TDs in 2013.
WR Cody Hoffman – BYU [6-4, 215, 4.60]
Hoffman hurt his stock a bit with a suspension and starting off the year injured, but still managed to haul in 57 catches for 894 yards (15.7 avg) and 5 TDs.
WR Martavis Bryant – Clemson [6-5, 200, 4.57]
Bryant benefitted from playing alongside Sammy Watkins, but had a good year himself with 42 catches for 828 yards (19.7 avg) and 7 TDs. He could have used another year to develop more though.
OT Joel Bitonio – Nevada [6-4, 315, 5.18]
A solid run blocker and able pass blocker, Bitonio’s shorter frame may make teams view him more as a guard, but he did do well at tackle over the last few seasons.
OT Cameron Fleming – Stanford [6-6, 318, 5.40]
A junior RT, Fleming has been quite able for Stanford, but never has dominated against pass rushers either. He did excel in the run game however.
OT Seantrel Henderson – Miami [6-8, 336, 5.19]
Henderson is the biggest guy here and flashed great ability at times this year, but also struggled at times as well. The Bills would have to rely on Pears/Hairston to start to allow him to develop.
DB Tre Boston – North Carolina [6-1, 205, 4.54]
If Byrd leaves, the Bills secondary could be in big trouble. Boston is a CB/S hybrid who has decent instincts. In 2013 he recorded 94 tackles (4.5 for loss), 8 passes broken-up and 5 interceptions.
DB Antone Exum – Virginia Tech [6-1, 224, 4.58]
Exum could be another Sherman-esque corner, but injuries sidelined him for almost the entire season. In 2012, he made 48 tackles, 16 passes broken-up and 5 picks (4 for TDs).
DB Vinnie Sunseri – Alabama [6-1, 210, 4.60]
Sunseri could have been a day 2 pick next year, but coming off injuries, his stock has dropped a bit. He still put together some nice games as a part of that solid Tide "D" making 20 tackles, 4 passes defended and 2 pick sixes this year.