Before we get to the pick, there's another trade to quickly recap. The Bills held the No. 149 overall selection; they flipped that to Tampa Bay for a seventh-round pick (No. 221 overall), plus a 2015 fifth-round pick. That's the third trade involving a 2015 mid-round pick that GM Doug Whaley has made in roughly the last 24 hours.
Richardson, a fifth-year senior, enters the NFL as one of the more decorated offensive lineman in college football over the past four seasons. He slid in the draft thanks to a bad week at the Senior Bowl and questions about his work ethic and consistency, but the 6'5", 329-pound athlete is a powerful run blocker that, while a bit limited athletically, profiles as a potential long-term starter if he reaches his full potential. Depending on how quickly he assimilates to the pro level, it is not out of the question that he can push for a starting job in Buffalo as a rookie, despite starter-level contracts in hand for Kraig Urbik and Chris Williams. That might be an unfair expectation, however, as Richardson does lack polish; at minimum, he gives the Bills some upside at the backup interior line area in 2014.
The Bills have two more picks to make this afternoon, but barring some sort of trade (which, let's face it, is hardly out of the question at this point), we'll have to wait a while for them - they pick Nos. 221 and 237 overall in the seventh round.
|1||4||Bills (f/CLE)||Sammy Watkins||WR||Clemson||6006||211||4.43||link|
|2||44||Bills (f/STL)||Cyrus Kouandjio||OT||Alabama||6066||322||5.59||link|
|5||153||Bills (f/STL)||Cyril Richardson||OG||Baylor||6046||329||5.31||link|