In the second round, Bills fans opted to grab a developmental TE with Jace Amaro. In second was WR Jordan Matthews (18%) with TE Troy Niklas in third (13%). Amaro is a big target and a definite receiving threat, but needs work with his blocking. Here’s Our Mock 3 so far.
With our collective experience in the Bills war room, we have satisfied two of our needs at right tackle and a #2 TE. Top needs still include FS and WR with depth to be added at DE, HB, QB, OL and LB. Included are 12 prospects below with their most recent stats, Combine measurements and general info.
QB A.J. McCarron – Alabama [6-3. 220, 4.94]
Given E.J. Manuel’s inconsistencies and injuries in his rookie season, some people may want the Bills to draft a QB that can be a capable backup and potential starter. McCarron is a decent game manager that could work well with our run game, but has some limitations as a passer and is not very mobile. This year he completed 226 of 336 passes (67.3%) for 3,063 yards, 28 TDs and 7 picks.
RB Jeremy Hill - LSU [6-1, 233, 4.66]
Given that both Spiller and Jackson may be gone after this season, the Bills could draft a RB on the second day to groom and compete for the power/third back role. Hill has some character concerns, but like Blount, can power his way through the line and has good instincts. He ran 203 times for 1,401 yards (6.9 avg) and 16 TDs.
WR Cody Latimer – Indiana [6-3, 215, 4.43]
Latimer turned in some very solid pro-day numbers (a good 40 and a 39" vertical) that boosted his stock. The Bills hosted him and they have not been afraid to jump up a round to draft a receiver they like. In 2013 Latimer made 72 receptions for 1,096 yards (15.2 avg) and 9 TDs.
WR Donte Moncrief – Ole Miss [6-2, 221, 4.40]
Moncrief may not have the height some people want, but he is a very physical player who could go towards the bottom of the second after a solid Combine. He posted a 4.40 flat out in the 40 and also had a 39.5" vertical. This year he caught 59 passes for 938 yards (15.9) and 6 TDs.
WR Devin Street – Pittsburgh [6-3. 198, 4.55]
For the Bills possible looking for a big #1 WR, they might scale back that need if they take a TE early-on. Street could be a late Day 2 pick after a decent senior year in which he posted 51 receptions for 854 yards (16.8 avg) and 7 TDs.
DE Kareem Martin – North Carolina [6-6, 272, 4.72]
The Bills could look to add a 4-3 DE to switch off with Jerry Hughes, who is a good rusher himself, but is not a three down defender. Martin is a bigger end, but given his inconsistencies, knocks his stock down a bit. He had 22 bench reps. In 2013 he made 82 tackles (21.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, 14 hurries and 3 FFs.
DE Marcus Smith – Louisville [6-3, 251, 4.68]
Smith has emerged as a solid pass rusher this past season with 42 tackles (18.5 for loss), 14.5 sacks, 12 hurries and 4 FFs. He also had a good showing at the Combine with a good 40 and 23 bench press reps.
LB Shayne Skov – Stanford [6-2, 245, 4.95]
The Bills are shifting Kiko to the weakside and added Spikes in the middle and Rivers on the strongside. Given that Spikes only has a one year deal, they could seek to develop a player in the middle to start next year. Skov is battling back from injuries that have sapped his speed a bit, but he still plays very hard with 109 tackles (13 for loss), 5.5 sacks, 10 hurries, 3 FFs and 4 passes defended this past season.
FS Stanley Jean-Baptiste – Nebraska [6-3, 218, 4.45]
The Bills could look to draft a safety given the inexperience of Searcy, Williams and Meeks. Baptiste is a ball hawk with great measurements and a 41.5" vertical. Even though he was technically a corner, some teams could move his to safety given his size and range (improved his 40 at his Pro-Day). In 2013 he had 41 tackles (3 for loss), 12 passes defended and 4 picks.
FS Terrence Brooks – Florida St [5-11, 198, 4.42]
Brooks is another safety the Bills should look at in the third. He was a part of a very solid Seminoles defense and has good skills and aggressiveness to play deep. He’s fast and also notched a 38" vertical at the Combine. This season he posted 56 tackles (8 for loss), 2 FFs, 2 picks and 5 passes broken-up.
FS Craig Loston – LSU [5-11, 217, 4.65]
Loston looked a bug sluggish in Indy, but otherwise, his gameplay and physicality should carry him by. He also had a 32.5" vertical. In 2013 he recorded 57 tackles (4 for loss), 3 picks and 3 passes defended.
FS Ed Reynolds – Stanford [6-1, 207, 4.57]
Reynolds has good measurements and looked good in workouts. Losing Byrd in free agency hurt, but bringing in Reynolds could lessen that blow… He only had a 32.5" vertical, but did have 15 bench reps. He had 86 tackles (1 for loss), 4 passes broken-up and 1 pick in 2013.