OK, fellow Rumblers - the time is now for y'all to put on your GM hats and enter the war room. The Buffalo Bills are once again on the clock in the 2008 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft, and just like in the first round, this community will be making the team's second-round selection. In case you missed it, our first-round pick was Oklahoma WR Malcolm Kelly (and yes, the selection was submitted before he bombed his Pro Day April 9).
Selections 1-37 are viewable at the host site of the mock draft, while picks 38-40 have been made "behind the scenes". Here are the five players that we'll be choosing from in this round; if you don't like this list, feel free to add names in the comments section.
(Note: Virginia Tech CB Brandon Flowers has been left off of this list because I believe that there is a 99% chance that the Ravens will take him with pick 38 this evening. Similarly, I believe that there's a strong chance that DE Quentin Groves and LB Jerod Mayo will be off the board as well.)
James Hardy, WR, Indiana: Hardy makes this list in case any of you want to take another WR due to Kelly's monumentally disastrous Pro Day. Hardy is one of four receivers I feel can come in and start in the NFL from day one, and he has the size/red zone skills that the Bills covet. He'd be solid insurance in the event that Kelly flops as our first-round pick.
Martellus Bennett, TE, Texas A&M: Tight end is a strong possibility for the Bills in round two, and thus I am including two tight ends in this voting process. Bennett will be our "all-around" prospect. He's a solid blocker and has fantastic size (6'6") and speed (4.68). That, combined with his background as a basketball player, makes him a dangerous threat in the red zone. Bennett needs a little polish, but he could develop into one of the better starting tight ends in the league relatively early in his career.
Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue: Keller will be our "receiving tight end" prospect in this vote. He's not a complete player and needs some polish himself, but there is no finer athlete at the tight end position in this draft. His athleticism is so excellent that he could be lined up in the slot as a third receiver or lined up in the backfield. Tight ends with his athleticism are rare, though it's questionable if he'd ever be more than a niche player, similar to Washington's Chris Cooley.
Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn: One of the fastest risers this off-season, Lee has terrific size (6'0", 200 pounds), plays a physical brand of football, and is athletic enough to play in any defense. His style of play is best suited to a Tampa 2, however. He, like most other corners considered here, is a bit raw and does not exit college with much starting experience. But the Bills need depth at corner in a bad way, and Lee could develop into a fine starter without having pressure on him to start from Day One.
Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa: Godfrey is essentially the same player as Lee: physical, athletically gifted, and very raw at the corner position. He played safety until 2006 before switching to corner, so he could be viewed as an alternate safety option for the Bills, who like to mix and match defensive backs.
Again, these are not the only 5 players y'all can choose from. As I mentioned earlier, names like Flowers, Groves and Mayo have been purposely left out because it is my opinion that any or all of them could be gone by the 41st selection. If you click "Entry Link", you'll be forwarded to a poll. Feel free to vote for any of the five prospects mentioned here, and definitely feel free to vote "Other" and submit an alternate name. The pick will be announced tomorrow evening at about 8PM Eastern, but I'd like to get as many votes/comments in on this selection before tomorrow morning so we can keep the mock flowing as smoothly as possible. So strap your GM hats on, Bills fans, and make your pick!
With the 41st Pick in the SBN Mock, the Buffalo Bills select...
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WR James Hardy
TE Martellus Bennett
TE Dustin Keller
CB Patrick Lee
CB Charles Godfrey
Other (please specify alternate name in comment)