Buffalo looks to be drafting either a LB or a QB in their first pick. With no options at WR for an early first round pick, this is really the only options for the Bills. Although there have been times that the Bills have surprised us in the past and drafted someone that we didn’t think was needed.
Mel Kiper sounds in on Manti Te’o…
The Bills really need help at interior linebacker, where Kelvin Sheppard is a good player, but won’t become a great one. Te’o doesn’t have elite athleticism, but he has elite instincts, elite intangibles and will become the leader of a defense by the end of training camp. He makes the Buffalo run defense better immediately, and very quietly was second in the nation in INTs, showing great awareness in his drops (and good hands) against the pass. He may not end up this high, but I’m sold on him as a high-level NFL middle linebacker.
Te’o is also a 3 down LB which will provide more depth to the Bills.
Peter Schrager from Fox Sports looks at Ryan Nassib…
Shocked to see Nassib this high? Don’t be. And no, this isn’t just linking Nassib to the Bills because of the Doug Marrone connection (though that certainly doesn’t hurt). When it’s all said and done and it’s draft weekend, Nassib is going to be a hot commodity. He’s got the smarts, physical tools and in this case — he’s played in cold weather. Are the Bills really going all in on Syracuse football? I know, it’s not quite Alabama. But I like Nassib and I love the fit in Buffalo, a team I’m (still) convinced is just a few more young pieces away from being a contender.
I like Nassib in the first round before Te’o more or less because of the drama that is surrounding Te’o right now and really do we need that in Buffalo right now? The Syracuse connection does really help Nassib coming to Buffalo and he looked good in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Pittsburgh.
You can look at the rest of the LB and QB breakdown from the senior bowl here at Buffalobills.com.