Mock draft season is in full swing. With that said, I thought I'd make one. I don't usually do this. In fact, I've only done one in my entire life which was last year for the BROP competition. So, while this won't be as professional and in-depth as say a Danroc mock I'll do my best impersonation. Due to still being new to this, I won't be doing any trades. I'm not necessarily trying to predict who Buffalo will select either. Well let's begin shall we.
Round 1: Jake Matthews, T Texas AM. Not a surprise I'm sure. Matthews is considered one of the elite options available in the draft. Pairing him with Cordy Glenn would give us two fantastic tackles and improve our offensive line quite a bit. He faced some of the toughest competition in the country and did a very good job protecting Johny Manziel. I'm a firm believer of building from the lines out and Matthews gets my vote.
Round 2: Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech. The Bills have lacked for athleticism at this position for quite some time. Scott Chandler is a fine player and reliable for the most part. However, I still feel like the position should be addressed. Behind Chandler we have only question marks. Tony Moeaki had a promising career which has been derailed by injury. Chris Gragg is athletic but his upside is still unclear. Amaro is one of the better tight ends in the draft and I feel him and Chandler on the field at the same time could give EJ a lot of options. He finished his season with 1352 yards and 7 TDs playing in a good Texas Tech offense. I can see him being capable of putting up similar numbers in the NFL.
Round 3: Kareem Martin, DE UNC. The lack of 4-3 defensive ends in this draft class is kind of depressing. From the few highlights I've seen Martin seems to have a good amount of upside. He finished his season with 82 tackles and 11.5 sacks. That's pretty productive in my opinion. I make this pick mainly to bolster our defensive end depth. Jerry Hughes has one year left on his contract and other than free agent signee Jarius Wynn there are no other options. I didn't want to reach on Kony Ealy in the first and like I mentioned earlier no trade up options.
Round 4: David Yankey, OG Stanford. A poor combine showing has dropped Yankey, at least according to the few sites I've read. I'm willing to still give him a shot. Signing Chris Williams at guard addressed the position but did it truly upgrade it? I'd like to have someone ready to be groomed just in case. Plus guard depth is a need for this team. It's not a sexy pick, but I feel its good value at this point in the draft,
Round 5: Jay Prosch, FB Auburn. Prosch had an excellent year as the lead blocker for Tre Mason. Seriously, go watch some of his plays. When I imagine him leading the way for CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson I have to admit I get a little tingly. I will be honest and admit I have no clue what the ideal round to draft a FB is but I take him here for his blocking skill alone. Our running game struggled at times and this could help give it a needed boost.
Round 6: This pick was traded to Tampa Bay for Mike Williams. I was tempted to try and address the position earlier but I feel confident in the group we have.
Round 7: Connor Shaw, QB South Carolina. With my last pick in this draft I decided to take a flier on a QB. I was against drafting a QB initially but over the course of the last two months I've changed my tune a bit. At this point in the draft the odds of hitting on a prospect are really low. So this is a hail mary pick and competition for Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel. Shaw is a very athletic QB who can hurt teams with his arm and his feet. He finished his season completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,447 yards, 24 TDs and 1 Int. He generally avoids negative plays which is a plus. His ceiling is most likely as a solid backup quarterback. I feel safe making this pick in the last round.
Well, that's it. I'm sure its not as sexy as some would like but I tried drafting for need. Naturally this is all subjective to opinion. I'm looking forward to the conversation this will hopefully start. Let me know how I did in the comment section below. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it.