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Our Mock 2 - Round 2

With the first round of voting fans overwhelmingly wanted OT Jake Matthews (48%) who could fall to the Bills on draft day. In second was WR Mike Evans (16%) and in the third was LB C.J. Mosley (11%). Right now I have 6 locks (the first six shown here) to go before the Bills which allows for some wiggle room. Here’s a potential breakdown of a mock draft which features a trade to ensure that the Raiders get a QB:

2014 NFL Draft

1. Houston Texans

QB Blake Bortles

2. Oakland Raiders

QB Johnny Manziel

3. Jacksonville Jags

DE Jadeveon Clowney

4. Cleveland Browns

QB Teddy Bridgewater

5. St. Louis Rams

OT Greg Robinson

6. Atlanta Falcons

DE Khalil Mack

7. Tampa Bay Bucs

WR Sammy Watkins

8. Minnesota Vikins

CB Justin Gilbert

9. Buffalo Bills

OT Jake Matthews

Will Matthews be available… we won’t find out until draft day! On the plus side for this mock, the Bills, we get a stud right tackle to anchor the O-Line. Meanwhile though we still have needs at wide receiver, tight end, left guard, a 4-3 DE, an interior linebacker and thanks to Whaley not using a tag (no I’m not banging my head continuously into the wall still), safety. I have included 14 names for you to consider below; please use the comments to convince others that your pick is the best.

THE PROSPECTS

TE Troy Niklas – Notre Dame [6-7, 270, 4.84]
Niklas meanwhile did very well at the Combine in drills and with 27 bench reps, and although he only started this year, he has room to grow and could complement a veteran TE very nicely. In 2013 Niklas recorded 32 catches for 498 yards (15.6 avg) and 5 TDs.

TE A. Seferian-Jenkins – Washington [6-6, 262, 4.75]
The Bills could look for a starting TE given that Chandler is a free agent. ASJ was a top-3 TE prospect for much of this past season, but his stock took a hit given a scaled back role this year and a lackluster Combine where he posted just 20 bench reps. He caught 36 passes for 450 yards (12.5 avg) and 8 TDs.

WR Martavis Bryant – Clemson [6-4, 211, 4.34]
Bryant went from an early Day 3 to an early Day 2 prospect after a solid Combine outing. He still needs some work with his receiving ability, but from a physical standpoint looked great between his big size, great speed and a 39" vertical. This season he made 42 catches for 828 yards (19.7 avg) and 7 TDs

WR Jordan Matthews – Vanderbilt [6-3, 212, 4.40]
Matthews could go in the first round after settling doubts on his speed, but at the same time, other receivers also showed very well at Indy which is why he is still here. He was a workhorse at Vandy hauling in 112 passes for 1,477 yards (13.2 avg) and 7 TDs.

WR Allen Robinson – Penn St [6-3, 220, 4.56]
Robinson fell out of first round contention due to a sluggish 40, but still is a solid receiving threat. Plus he also had a nice 39" vertical. He had 97 receptions on the year for 1,432 yards (14.8 avg) and 6 TDs.

OG Gabe Jackson – Mississippi St [6-3, 336, 5.43]
I took Su’a-Filo off the board as he had one of the best showings for a guard at the Combine. Jackson looked good, but he was slow at the Combine which grounds him as a Day 2 prospect. He is a fantastic run blocker and had a good 30 reps on the bench.

OG David Yankey – Stanford ­­[6-6, 315, 5.48]
Yankey could also be used to fill in the hole at left guard since Legursky was terrible last year. Like Jackson, he looked slow at the Combine sealing his stock on Day 2, but he is also a very good all-around blocker. He could add more upper body strength after notching just 22 reps on the bench.

DE Scott Crichton – Oregon St [6-3, 273, 4.78]
The Bills could use a big 4-3 DE under Schwartz’s new system. Crichton is a bigger defensive end that does well in run stuffing. He had a respectable Combine, but got more buzz throughout the season where he finished with 47 tackles (19 for loss), 7.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.

DE Trent Murphy – Stanford [6-5, 250, 4.75]
Murphy has some speed issues but is a big run sealer with pass rushing ability. Technically Murphy has been a 3-4 OLB, but if he could add a good 10 pounds in upper-body, could easily play on the line especially as the wide 9 DE. In 2013, Murphy made 62 tackles (23.5 for loss), 15 sacks, 5 hurries and 6 passes broken up.

LB Chris Borland – Wisconsin [5-11, 248, 4.78]
Borland has limitations as a middle linebacker, given his shorter frame and arms that causes him to struggle in pass protection. He is a beast against the run though… if Kiko could cover for him in the middle on passing downs he could be a great contributor. In 2013 he made 111 tackles (8.5 for loss), 4 sacks, 6 hurries and 2 passes defended.

LB Shayne Skov – Stanford [6-2, 245, 4.95]
The Bills are looking to put Kiko on the weakside by finding a middle linebacker to maximize his damage. Skov is battling back from injuries that have sapped his speed a bit (the reason why he did not run at the Combine), but he still plays very hard with 109 tackles (13 for loss), 5.5 sacks, 10 hurries, 3 FFs and 4 passes defended.

DB Dion Bailey – USC [6-0, 201, 4.66]
Marrone might take a chance with both Williams starting in safety slots, but we could go with a prospect with high upside instead. Bailey split times at linebacker, but as a safety has a lot of potential to become a solid starter. He did well at the Combine too. In 2013 he posted 62 tackles (6.2 for loss), 6 passes defended and 5 picks.

DB Deone Bucannon – Washington St [6-1, 211, 4.49]
Bucannon has seen his stock rise throughout the year and did very well at the Combine posting 19 bench press reps too. He had 114 tackles (4.5 for loss), 3 FFs and 6 interceptions in his last season.

DB Jimmie Ward – Northern Illinois [5-11, 193, 4.59]
Ward has been a steady riser up to the Combine after a solid senior year. He was a steady playmaker and finished with a nice 95 tackles (2.5 for loss), 10 passes defended and 7 interceptions.

Go Bills!

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