2014 NFL mock drafts: Chris Borland a new Bills pick

Mike McGinnis

WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia mocks a player to the Bills that you're likely to hear about a lot over the next couple of months: Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland.

It's been a tick since we've checked in on the 2014 NFL mock draft scene, so let's take a minute to chew on a couple of new ones released Thursday: one from Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, and one from WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia.

Jeremiah, the NFL Network analyst, speaks glowingly of the NFL Combine efforts of wide receiver Mike Evans after projecting him to the Bills with the No. 9 overall pick. He also shares an opinion that you're likely to hear a lot of over the next couple of months: that Evans will fit into an offense like Doug Marrone's and Nathaniel Hackett's quite well, as it heavily features West Coast passing principles.

Buscaglia's mock drafts typically last through the Bills' second-round pick, and he held to that form in his first mock of the year. In the first round, he has the Bills taking Evans' college teammate, tackle Jake Matthews, with the No. 9 overall pick. That's a mock draft pick that we've seen before, so let's flesh out his second-round pick for the Bills a little bit more: Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland.

We know that the Bills seem to believe that Kiko Alonso needs to spend less time taking on blocks as he moves forward into his career. That would necessitate a bit more freedom than playing middle linebacker allows, which would mean that the Bills need to find a new middle linebacker - even if that player isn't necessarily a three-down player. Borland, who is as rock-solid a Round 2 prospect as you can find, has the look of a potential three-down player in the NFL. He's only 5'11", but has the look of a very good fit in the middle of the 4-3 defense that Jim Schwartz runs. You're going to see Borland's name a lot more leading up until draft day.

What does everyone think of the picks?

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