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2016 NFL Draft season begins following the Super Bowl

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The 2015 NFL season is in the books, which means it's Draft Season. Hold on to your butts.

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It's Monday, and that means we have a roundup of 2016 NFL Draft notes, mock drafts, and general football links for you. Each week, we'll summarize some of the things worth knowing as draft news continues to stream in.

Last week at Buffalo Rumblings

Here's last week's Mock Draft Monday, for those of you who missed it.

In our Two-look Tuesday series, we watched Jacoby Brissett quarterbacking against Clemson.

The Bills sent a scout to watch Baylor's basketball game, where power forward Rico Gathers has apparently drawn interest.

ESPN's Todd McShay released a new mock draft that sent Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith to Buffalo.

Mock of the week

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller published a seven round mock the morning after the Super Bowl. It's a long read thanks to their slideshow format, but there is a lot of content to peruse. These are the players he has Buffalo going for:

  • Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
  • Hassan Ridgeway, DL, Texas
  • Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
  • Kyle Murphy, T, Stanford
  • Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech
  • Jordan Lucas, CB, Penn State
It's definitely a nonstandard list for Buffalo, for a number of reasons. First of all, the lack of SEC/ACC players, a talent bed that Buffalo has pulled from for a number of years. The closest example would be Driskel, who had an up-and-down career at Florida before transferring to LA Tech as a graduating senior. Lee has received many accolades for his athleticism and hard hitting play despite his youth, with some comparing him to former Ohio State star Ryan Shazier. Ridgeway was the best player on an underachieving Texas defense, and with his size (6'3" 315 pounds) he could potentially play as a two-gapping defensive lineman for Buffalo. Carroo is an athletic receiver with glue for hands but some concerns about discipline in his college career.
Around the web

With the Super Bowl decided, the first three rounds of draft picks are now set in stone (until trading starts shuffling things). Buffalo has picks 19, 49, and 80 in the first three rounds, which are the 19th, 18th, and 17th picks in each round, respectively.

Dan Kadar published a new weekly mock, and had Buffalo taking Robert Nkemdiche after noting that Rex Ryan might not be averse to a talented player with character concerns.

Jeff Risdon, a writer for RealGM and DraftBreakdown, did a two round mock following the Super Bowl. He had Buffalo taking Jarran Reed and Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib with their two picks.

Are you browsing DraftBreakdown yet? This is the place to go if you're looking for video of the prospects in this year's draft.

Justis Mosqueda published an article suggesting that draft darling Joey Bosa might never be an NFL star - and that that's okay.

A couple weeks earlier, Mosqueda published another article in which he argued that Carson Wentz has more flaws than his rising draft stock would suggest.

Well-connected insider Tony Pauline shared some tidbits of information following the Senior Bowl. Among them: a belief in the NFL that both Jared Goff and Wentz will be top-5 picks, some negative thoughts about Connor Cook, and more.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris wrote up his top 50 big board, with several notable surprises: Baylor receiver Corey Coleman number 3, Goff/Wentz/Lynch at 25/26/27, and a running back at number 5.

Popular Science interviewed doctors to explain the neurochemistry that takes place when a player is concussed, breaking down the damage Antonio Brown took in the Steelers-Bengals game. This is some scary stuff.

At The Verge, Loren Grush explained the shortcomings with today's football helmets when it comes to preventing concussions.