Continuing Authors Mock week here at Rumblings, next up is yours truly, sireric, with his second mock of the year and certainly not his last. This can be deemed "Sireric's pre free agency mock draft v2.0". Here's how I'd pick for the Buffalo Bills were the draft to take place tomorrow...
Round 1: Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
The Bills NEED pass rush help, and while I would prefer Orakpo, I simply think he will be gone come pick #11. Brown would be my second choice followed by B.J. Raji. Brown brings speed and good skill to the position, where the Bills have hustlers. Ryan Denney and Chris Kelsay are high motor guys who don't bring much to the table in terms of pass rushing skill; they make hustle plays. Aaron Schobel, at this point in his career, has lots of mileage and it's starting to show. The Bills need more youth and talent at the DE position and Brown brings both.
Round 2: William Moore, S, Missouri
Write this down; The Bills will pick at least one guy in the first three rounds that will have us all saying "Oh Man, why did they pick him?" (or various expletive-laden alternatives). Moore is a terrific athlete who was touted as a possible Top 20 pick, but after a poor performance at the Senior Bowl his stock has slipped a bit. The Bills get a Top 20 talent at pick 43. Good value? Yes. Bigger needs? Yes. But Moore could turn out to be everything that Donte Whinter isn't when it comes to making plays.
Round 3: Eric Wood, C, Louisville
A pretty popular name for Bills fans who feel like they will miss out on Alex Mack. Wood is a tough player with the kind of nasty streak that you like to see. He does struggle sometimes with massive DTs, but he can work on that in the pros. He is a smart player and should win the starting center job out of camp.
Round 4: Daniel Holtzclaw, LB, Eastern Michigan
A very strong linebacker with excellent size, Holtzclaw is a tackling machine that can also bring the heat on the blitz. This may be a little late in the draft to expect to find a starter, but Holtzclaw might have as good of a chance to unseat Keith Ellison as any other linebacker left on the board in the fourth round.
Round 5: Bear Pascoe, TE, Fresno State
At 6'5" and 265 pounds, Pascoe has the frame to be a solid NFL tight end. He isn't in the Antonio Gates mold, but what he is is a good blocker who can catch the ball, which is more than we can say for Robert Royal. Pascoe could team with Derek Fine
and be a nice duo for Trent Edwards to find over the middle. Besides - his name is BEAR. How cool is that?
Round 6: Rich Ohrnberger, G, Penn State
The Bills really need depth up the middle on the offensive line. Ohrnberger had a great senior year, qualifying as an All-Big Ten first-teamer and an AP All-America third-teamer. The Bills could go for another center here, but Ohrnberger would be a solid pick-up in the sixth round.
Round 7: Nader Abdallah, DT, Ohio State
The Bills have a hard time going an enitre draft and passing on any Buckeye; this year they grab one just in the nick of time. Abdallah has a huge frame at 6'5" and 310 pounds. He has the bulk and ability to hold his own at the point of attack. He isn't going to be Warren Sapp, but with some luck and some coaching he won't be John McCargo either.
I would love to grab a late round QB to groom into a backup for if/when Trent gets hurt. (Of course, if the Bills had simply taken Josh Johnson like I suggested last year, they wouldn't need one this year.) I would also have liked to add more O-Line depth, as I think that the Bills should add two centers and a guard, and I also would have liked to grab a fullback. But without free agency, there were just too many needs to justify taking a fullback when one could probably be had as an undrafted free agent.