In the fourth round of voting, the runaway favorite was QB Aaron Murray of Georgia (31%). The idea of grabbing a running back was also popular with Lache Seastrunk finishing in second (15%) and Charles Sims in third (10%). Here’s Our Mock 3 so far.
Remember, that the Bills gave up a sixth round pick to the Bucs for Mike Williams so we just have a fifth and seventh round pick remaining… With those two picks, we still have areas that could use some bolstering. These include FS, DE, RB, FB a tall WR, OL and P. I try to keep my list of prospects up to date and to help your decision-making, have included blurbs containing their most recent stats, Combine measurements (official 40s now) and general info. Below are 14 names to consider.
RB Antonio Andrews – W. Kentucky [5-10, 225, 4.82]
Spiller and Jackson may be gone next season… so why not start prepping a talented guy in one of their places? Andrews is a big back who dominated the Sun Belt, but didn’t have to go up against tougher opponents and lacks speed. He posted 20 bench press reps at the Combine. This season he had 267 attempts for 1,730 yards (6.5 avg) and 16 TDs with 478 receiving yards.
RB Storm Johnson – UCF [6-0, 209, 4.54]
Bortles is the biggest name coming out of UCF, but he definitely had help from his star RB; Storm carried the ball 213 times for 1,139 yards (5.4 avg), 14 rushing TDs and 3 receiving TDs. He lacks great speed, but is well rounded physically with 19 bench reps and a 35.5" vertical.
RB James Wilder Jr. – Florida St [6-3, 232, 4.86]
Wilder’s stock has been fluctuating a lot; he has a ton of potential, but speed concerns and being stuck in the ‘Noles depth chart have hurt his stock a bit. At the Combine he had 18 bench press reps, a 35" vertical, but a slow 40. In 2013 he ran 81 times for 563 yards (7.0 avg) and 8 TDs.
FB Trey Millard – Oklahoma [6-2, 247, 4.80]
Millard is coming off of a late season ACL injury which knocked his stock down a bit. However, he is a heck of a fullback in terms of blocking and has some running/receiving ability with 28 touches for 175 yards and 2 TDs this past season.
WR Cody Hoffman – BYU [6-4, 223, 4.65]
Despite adding Mike Williams, the Bills lack a tall/#1 receiver (but have three #2 receivers currently). Hoffman is a big target that will garner some interest, but he has character concerns and is sluggish at times. Still, he has been productive with 57 receptions for 894 yards (15.7 avg) and 5 TDs last year.
WR Jeff Janis – Saginaw Valley St [6-3, 219, 4.42]
Among the small school receivers, one I see the Bills jumping on is Janis. He has great athleticism and height and certainly showed strongly at school with 83 catches for 1,572 yards (18.9 avg) and 14 TDs in his senior year. He also had 20 bench press reps and a nice 37.5" vertical at the Combine.
OL Russell Bodine – North Carolina [6-3, 310, 5.18]
Despite signing Kevin Williams to a big deal, he has struggled in the past and the Bills could be looking to bring in some depth with starting potential. Bodine needs work as a blocker, but he has great physical tools to work with as seen with a 42 bench press rep total.
DE Ben Gardner – Stanford [6-4, 277, 4.80]
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. Gardner could have been a Day 2 prospect had he not had a big injury during this season that has kept him sidelined. He has an ideal build so some team will be willing to jump early for him. He posted in several games this year 19 tackles (7.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, 8 hurries and a FF.
DE Cassius Marsh – UCLA [6-4, 252, 4.70]
Marsh benefitted from playing alongside Anthony Barr, and held his own later on in the season. Marsh had a stronger workout than Combine in which he posted a better 40 and 17 bench press reps. In 2013 he made 55 tackles (8.5 for loss), 5 sacks and 2 hurries.
DE Michael Sam – Missouri [6-2, 261, 4.91]
Personal issues aside, the primary reason why Sam’s stock has taken a hit was his underwhelming Combine performance… a slow 40, 17 bench reps and a bad vertical. Nevertheless, he still had success as a pass rusher and will garner interest from teams halfway through day three. This season he had 48 tackles (19 for loss), 11.5 sacks, 5 hurries and 2 FFs.
FS Kenny Ladler – Vanderbilt [6-0, 207, 4.70]
The Bills are likely to have their young safeties battle out for the starting job; in the process they could add a high upside rookie to compete as well. Ladler was a stud for Vandy and despite a slow 40 at the Combine, had 24 bench press reps and a 36.5" vertical. In his senior year he made 91 tackles, 5 FFs, 5 picks and 4 passes broken-up.
FS Dontae Johnson – North Carolina St [6-2, 200, 4.45]
Johnson is a big corner who could be making the conversion to safety. He had some nice numbers at the Combine – fast 40, 38.5" vertical and 12 bench reps – but consistency can keep his stock down. Johnson made 81 tackles, 2 passes broken-up and 3 interceptions.
FS Vinnie Sunseri – Alabama [5-11, 210, 4.60]
Sunseri is a part of a solid Crimson Tide defense, prone to some mistakes, but with decent upside. He could have been taken earlier, had he not had a late season injury that kept him from working out this offseason (he did have 18 bench reps at the Combine). This past season he made 20 tackles, 4 passes defended and 2 pick sixes.
P Kirby Van Der Kamp – Iowa St [6-4, 202, 4.90]
Brian Moorman is getting old (sigh) and as such we’ve seen shorter, less consistent punts as a result. Van Der Kamp doesn’t have a rocket of a leg, but he is very accurate and consistent which has established him as the top punter on the board. In 2013 he punted 84 times for 3,493 yards (41.6 avg) and 99 career punts inside the 20.