ESPN's Mel Kiper churned out his latest 2014 NFL mock draft today, and in it he had the Buffalo Bills selecting Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews and Boise State pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence with their top two draft picks.
The Matthews pick isn't anything new, though the acknowledgment that Cordy Glenn is entrenched at left tackle is a nice breath of fresh air for a nationally-published mock draft. If Matthews falls to No. 9 overall and the Bills pull the trigger, he'll be the right tackle - and that would be a very good situation for the Bills to be in up front.
Lawrence is a name some Bills fans may not even be aware of. A two-year starter in Boise, Lawrence amassed 20 sacks in those two seasons and is regarded as one of the best pass-rushing prospects available this year. Here's the catch: at 6'3" and 251 pounds, he projects best as a rush linebacker at the NFL level. Unless the Bills are very sold on his ability to hold up against the run as a base 4-3 end, it's tough to see him earning more than a minimal rotational role as a rookie, knowing that Jerry Hughes will be the team's go-to situational pass rusher.
We imagine that most here are fine with the first-round pick, but how does Lawrence as a second-round pick strike you?