In another close vote, Bills fans voted in favor of a long term backup QB in Aaron Murray of Georgia with 23% of the votes. The close second place finisher at 21% was RB James Wilder Jr., with 21% supporting grabbing a right tackle candidate. Here’s our mock as it stands now.
The Bills still could use a power HB, TE, RT, DB depth and a Punter. Below are some names for you to consider for the sixth round.
RB Jerome Smith – Syracuse [6-0, 217, 4.62]
Marrone has to be looking at his former starting RB to add some depth for the Bills at halfback. A bruiser, Smith ran 200 times for 914 yards (4.6 avg) and 12 TDs in 2013.
RB Tyler Gaffney – Stanford [6-0, 226, 4.57]
I’m a bit surprised Gaffney is not ranked higher on the major draft boards as he was a fantastic grinder for the Cardinals. In 2013 he had 331 attempts for 1,717 yards (5.2 acg) and 21 TDs.
RB Raijun Neal – Tennessee [5-11, 212, 4.60]
Neal could build on momentum from the East-West game in which he showed his physical running very well. This past season he notched 215 carries for 1,124 yards (5.2 avg) and 12 TDs.
FB Jay Prosch – Auburn [6-0, 260, 4.85]
I almost put LSU’s Copeland here, but Prosch’s special teams ability would be more of an asset for the Bills. He also happens to be a very good blocker. In 2013 he had 12 carries for 38 yards and 2 TDs.
TE Ted Bolser – Indiana [6-6, 257, 4.82]
Bolser is a sleeper prospect who has a good frame, but needs to show he has better speed. In 2013 he had 35 catches for 320 yards (9.1 avg) and 6 TDs.
TE Colt Lyerla – Oregon [6-5, 246, 4.64]
Lyerla was summarily dismissed from Oregon after arrests for drug use. The year before that though, he was an early Day 2 option for the draft having hauled in 25 catches for 392 yards (15.7 avg) and 6 TDs as a sophomore. Is he worth the risk with his off-field issues?
TE Jordan Najvar – Baylor [6-6, 255, 4.67]
Surprisingly Najvar was not used frequently in Baylor’s high-powered offense, having only caught 10 passes for 85 yards. Scouts do seem to like this guy’s upside though so keep an eye on him.
OT Matt Patchan – Boston College [6-5, 305, 5.28]
Patchan is a two year starter for BC where he excelled with run blocking (enabling Andre Williams to break 2,000 yards rushing this year). He does have some injury concerns though as his main drawback.
OT Wesley Johnson – Vanderbilt [6-5, 290, 5.22]
Johnson was the starting LT for Vandy with mixed success this past season. He has experience playing all over the O-Line so the Bills could also look at him as a backup guard as well as a tackle.
OT Cornelius Lucas – Kansas St [6-9, 328, 5.28]
One of the biggest linemen in the draft, Lucas needs a lot of work, but as shown at times this past season, has good upside. Lucas has only played on the right side of the line.
DB Walt Aikens – Liberty [6-1, 205, 4.49]
Aikens did well at the Senior Bowl and probably pushed his stock up a round or two, but here he is. A D2 school prospect, stats aren’t readily available, but I do know Aikens had 3 interceptions in 2013.
DB Isaiah Lewis – Michigan St [5-10, 205, 4.59]
Part of a dominating Spartan defense, Lewis made 58 tackles, 2 picks and 8 passes broken-up in 2013. The Bills could use depth at safety given their Byrd re-signing.
DB Bennett Jackson – Notre Dame [6-1, 185, 4.53]
Jackson is a bigger corner that showed decent coverage skills this past season. He made 64 tackles (5 for loss), 3 passes broken-up and 2 picks (one for a TD).
P Kirby Van Der Kamp – Iowa St [6-5, 222, 4.84]
Moorman has been largely successful in his career with the Bills, but he’s getting older and with that, his consistency and punt average has gone down a bit. Van Der Kamp is one of the best punters on the board, but while accurate and consistent, lacks the big stats some teams prefer… He punted 84 times for 3,493 yards (41.6 avg) and 27 inside the 20 yard line.