In the second round, nearly half of the voting Bills fans supported drafting a guard to fill a huge hole in their O-Line in the second round. The player that led that position (and also had the majority vote) was Baylor guard Cyril Richardson who had 20.6% of the vote. In second was WR Jordan Matthews with 15.6% and OG David Yankey garnered 14.8%.
As the Bills will be changing slightly defensively, I've elected to make Khalil Mack as a 4-3 defensive end with the ability to jump to OLB in certain situations. I just feel that the Bills would be making the Spencer Johnson - Dick Jauron mistake all over again trying to play Branch as a 4-3 DE and Hughes will likely be a situational pass rusher. Plus Mack is a great pass rusher. Here’s the mock so far…
Obviously players stock will change over the next two and half months before the draft which is why I run several of these mocks. I do try to include players relative to the rounds in which they may go, some with higher stock and others with lower. So here are the candidates to consider for the third round.
WR Donte Moncrief – Ole Miss [6-3, 226, 4.53]
The Bills plan to keep Stevie Johnson, but that doesn't mean the Bills may try to find a tall, legitimate #1 receiver in the draft. Moncrief is fairly tall and is a very physical receiver. In 2013, Moncrief had 59 receptions for 938 yards (15.9 avg) and 6 TDs.
WR Brandon Coleman – Rutgers [6-6, 220, 4.59]
The tallest receiver in the draft is Coleman. He shows signs of promise, but hasn't caught over 800 yards in a season and is slow. This year he had 34 catches for 538 yards (15.8 avg) and 4 TDs. Talent wise, he is a day 3 prospect, but some team may reach for him.
WR Jarvis Landry – LSU [6-1, 195, 4.53]
Landry is neither tall nor a burner, but watching him play, he is an incredibly physical receiver. That's a huge part why he had 77 catches for 1,193 yards (15.5 avg) and 10 TDs.
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz – Iowa [6-6, 262, 4.65]
Another potential upgrade area is at tight end. Chandler, a free agent has done well receiving (he's the best tight end in the last decade dare I say), but struggles more with blocking. Fiedorowicz on the other hand does not exemplify a receiving TE mold, having 30 catches for 299 yards (10.0 avg) and 6 TDs. He is however, a dominating blocker with his big frame.
TE Zach Rodgers – California [6-4, 265, 4.72]
Rodgers left Cal early because their program is in disarray. He needs development, but he has had success receiving. In 2013 he hauled in 39 passes for 608 yards (15.6 avg) and 1 TD.
OT Billy Turner – North Dakota St [6-5, 316, 5.28]
The Bills could surely upgrade over Erik Pears, although I hope Chris Hairston could be healthy enough to do that. If not though, Turner is a solid player to look at. He's a big D2 left tackle with good skills that shown at the Senior Bowl. Only question is can he handle the faster speeds of better pass rushers.
OT Jack Mewhort – Ohio St [6-7, 208, 5.19]
Another prospect worth looking at is Mewhort. Though he struggled at times at left tackle, he's a big guy that excels in run blocking and would likely do better on the right side of protection.
LB Shayne Skov – Stanford [6-3, 244, 4.75]
As I said earlier, with Schwartz's hire, the Bills could be looking to add a starting pass rusher in addition to a LB. Idk if Alonso will stay at the middle or kick outside, but either way an interior LB is needed. Skov tops my third round prospects as his healed ACL led to a better senior year, but still has yet to regain all of his speed. He had 109 tackles (13 for loss), 5.5 sacks, 10 hurries, 3 FFs and 4 passes defended.
LB Christian Jones – Florida St [6-4, 232, 4.62]
Some mocks show Jones going in the second, but I just don't think his stats automatically warrant that. He is still a heck of a player though and could play anywhere inside. In 2013 he made 56 tackles (8 for loss), 2 sacks and 6 hurries.
LB Telvin Smith – Florida St [6-3, 218, 4.60]
Some teams may ask Smith to move to safety unless he can add another 15-20 pounds. He has done well as part of a dominating Seminole "D" though and could be a good choice for a weak-side LB that can often drop in coverage. This year he made 90 tackles (9.5 for loss), 2 sacks, 4 PDs and 3 interceptions (2 of them pick sixes).
LB Yawin Smallwood – Connecticut [6-4, 236, 4.77]
U Conn's football was horrible this year, the one exception being Smallwood. A solid tackler, Smallwood logged 118 tackles (9.5 for loss), 4 sacks, 9 passes broken up and a pick six.
DB Dion Bailey – USC [6-0, 210, 4.60]
If pro bowl safety Jairus Byrd is not re-signed (which would be incredibly bad btw), the Bills may have to use a Day 2 pick at safety. Bailey, a former LB, may be a good bet to fill in those shoes. In 2013 he posted 62 tackles (6.5 for loss), 6 PDs and 5 interceptions.