In our runoff vote for Round 5, DE Ben Gardner handily beat out Storm Johnson after they had tied in the fifth round of voting… For a reminder here is Our Mock through five rounds.
Now then, with Draft Day just days away, I am also happy to let you know I will be posting my next Draft Countdown article as well. As for Our Mock, to conclude it, you have 16 players to choose from. The sky’s the limit with whom the Bills could take at this point, but I had to draw a line somewhere… In any case, please feel free to check out sites like CBSSports, WalterFootball or CFBStats to get more info on these players.
RB David Fluellen – Toledo [5-11, 224, 4.66]
The Bills 2 RBs may be gone after this season so prepping an heir to be/third running back could be prudent. Fluellen is a big back (and WNY native) who has good running instincts and receiving ability. However, a slower 40 and coming from the MAC hurt his stock. He had a decent Combine where he posted a 36.5" vertical and 16 bench press reps. He ran 167 times for 1,121 yards (6.7 avg) and 10 TDs and had 222 receiving yards despite missing a few games.
RB Henry Josey – Missouri [5-8, 194, 4.39]
Josey is a smaller, speedy back and because of his small size, some teams will question his consistency in the NFL. Small size aside, he had 20 bench press reps and a 34.5" vertical in Indy. Josey had 174 carries for 1,166 yards (6.7 avg) and 16 TDs in 2013.
RB Jerome Smith – Syracuse [5-11, 220, 4.73]
A power back Marrone should be familiar with is Smith. He had a good Combine (aside from a slow 40) with 17 bench reps and a 36" vertical. Smith had 200 attempts for 914 yards (4.6 avg) and 12 TDs this season.
FB J.C. Copeland – LSU [5-11, 271, 4.95]
Copeland did well with the drills, but was very slow. What you get with Copeland is a big guy able to act as a lead blocker. The Bills could look for an upgrade over Summers to improve on red-zone consistency. Copeland had 13 carries for 25 yards (1.9 avg) and 3 TDs this year.
WR Marcus Lucas – Missouri [6-4, 218, 4.53]
Despite bringing Mike Williams into the fold, the Bills could seek a tall receiver for better red-zone performance. Lucas fits that bill having 58 receptions for 692 yards (11.9 avg) and 3 TDs this past year. He is stiff, but he had 20 bench reps and a 36" vertical at the Combine.
WR Alex Neutz – Buffalo [6-3, 214, 4.54]
Neutz is the Bulls all-time leading receiver. The WNY native had 61 catches for 1,024 yards (16.8 avg) and 12 TDs this season and has very reliable hands. Neutz had 14 bench reps and a 33" vertical jump at his Pro-day.
WR L’Damian Washington – Missouri [6-4, 195, 4.38]
Washington was a major red-zone threat this past season for the Tigers having made 50 catches for 893 yards (17.9 avg) and 10 TDs in 2013. He is tall and lanky and would do well to add more upper body strength. He had a 32" vertical and just 8 bench reps at the Combine, but had a great 40.
OT Austin Wentworth – Fresno St [6-5, 314, 5.05]
We already had the Bills draft a tackle to improve their offensive line, but if they in turn get rid of Erik Pears, may opt to draft a reserve tackle. Wentworth was a solid starter for Fresno St. and had 29 bench press reps at his Pro-day workout.
OL Ryan Groy – Wisconsin [6-5, 316, 5.13]
Groy is a big lineman, steady, but stiff. Groy would be an able backup for the interior especially given concerns about the consistency of Williams. He had 26 bench press reps at the Combine.
OL James Stone – Tennessee [6-4, 306, 5.17]
Stone was a decent center for the Vols. He could serve as a backup to Wood if the Bills opt to release Legursky. He had 22 bench reps at the Combine, but wasn’t a standout.
DE Aaron Lynch – South Florida [6-5, 249, 4.69]
The Notre Dame transfer has good physical tools (18 bench reps at the Combine), but really struggled in a division he should have dominated. He needs a lot of work as this sophomore may easily become the next Maybin… This past year he made 29 tackles (11.5 for loss), 5 sacks and 4 hurries.
CB Travis Carrie – Ohio [6-0, 206, 4.43]
Carrie can bolster the DB depth especially if Corey Graham ends up being the starting free safety. At his Pro-day, he posted a good 40 and had 17 bench press reps. In the 2013 season he made 42 tackles, 8 passes defended and 4 interceptions (2 for TDs).
FS Jonathan Dowling – W. Kentucky [6-3, 190, 4.49]
The Bills might seek to add a free safety given the uncertainty of who will start in Byrd’s stead. Dowling is a tall safety who could do better to build upper body strength. At the Combine he had just 8 bench press reps and a 33.5" vertical. He had a good year with 67 tackles, 3 picks, 7 passes defended and 6 FFs.
FS Nickoe Whitley – Mississippi St [6-0, 205, 4.60]
Whitely finished the year with 55 tackles, 2 FFs, 2 passes broken-up and 5 interceptions. He played the year with a sprained ACL which kept him from working out this offseason. He has some good tape, but can be inconsistent and lacks discipline at times.
P Tom Hornsey – Memphis [6-3, 195, 4.90]
Given that Brian Moorman is almost at the end of his career, the Bills might wish to bring in a young punter with a big leg. Hornsey (an Aussie) won the Ray Guy punting award, but could work on his directional punting. He had 62 punts for 2,800 yards (45.2 avg) and 29 inside the 20 in 2013.
P Pat O’Donnell – Miami [6-5, 222, 4.64]
53 punts for 2,498 yards (47.1 avg), 17 inside the 20 yard line. O’Donnell is a very athletic punter (even having 23 bench press reps at the Combine) and capable of punting into the wind.