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Mocking The Bills: Dueling three-round mocks with Bruce Nolan

You make the call on which mock you like better for the Bills

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Many fans of the Buffalo Bills have different philosophies on what the team should do in the 2021 NFL Draft. If you read Mocking The Bills each week, you realize there are a number of scenarios that can play out, and plenty of talented players who will be available.

This week I have invited a special guest, our very own Bruce Nolan, to join me in sharing three-round mock drafts. as you will see below, Bruce has a bit of a different philosophy than I do—with cornerback being a first-round selection for him. Check out the mock drafts below.


Bruce Nolan’s Mock Draft

Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech (pick 30)
Richie Grant S UCF (pick 61)
Tylan Wallace WR Oklahoma State (pick 93)

It should come as no surprise to listeners of The Bruce Exclusive that cornerback was the pick in the first round. What may come as a surprise is that Farley was available with the Bills on the clock. Early in the draft season, Farley was considered a top-ten pick, until a recent back injury occurred during a workout. The timing could not be worse for the first-round hopeful, as his draft stock continues to drop in recent mocks.

The selection of Grant would give the Bills a versatile defender who could play both the safety position and in the slot. His flexibility could make him a positionless defender should head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier want to utilize Grant in that capacity.

Wallace would add youth to the Bills’ receiving corps, as a crisp route runner and a fierce competitor. He has the make-up that has been a good fit with Josh Allen in the offense over the past two seasons.

Anthony Marino’s Mock Draft

Jayson Oweh EDGE Penn State (pick 30)
Wyatt Davis IOL Ohio State (pick 61)
Alim McNeill IDL NC State (pick 93)

Many consider Oweh a bit of a wild card in the first round, as a pass rusher with plenty of potential after his redshirt sophomore year. Oweh would not be rushed into major snaps early on in his rookie season, as he could grow and develop behind Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison. The expectation would be for the rookie to get more snaps throughout the season, as an eventual starting defensive end across from A.J. Epenesa.

Davis gives the Bills some much needed depth along the interior offensive line, especially should Cody Ford or Jon Feliciano falter this season. Davis would provide immediate competition to the starting guards, or could shift Feliciano to center if the team parts ways with Mitch Morse after the 2021 season.

McNeill provides depth at the one-technique position, and could be an eventual successor to Star Lotulelei. Like Oweh and Davis, the NC State product would provide depth as a rookie, with the potential to become a starter in year two.


Now that you have seen both mock drafts, vote on the one you prefer below. Be sure to share your own mock drafts in the comments section as well.

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    Bruce Nolan
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    Anthony Marino
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