Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) catches the ball during warm-ups prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: The Buffalo Bills Select...


We are coming up on week 14 this week and the Buffalo Bills are just about out of the playoff hunt.  With a best possible record of 8-8 they re still mathematically still in the race but the likelihood of a wildcard team at 8-8 is probably not going to happen.

With the playoffs out of contention we turn our eyes to the draft.  Fansided comes out with a mock draft about this time every year and this is what they are looking at for the Bills right now.

The Bills will have the 9th pick right now if the season ended.  Josh Sanchez has the Bills taking Khalil Mack, linebacker, out of Buffalo.  Here is his reasoning.

Khalil Mack is clearly a top 10 talent that would add another impressive pass rusher to the Bills defensive front. Mack is a versatile player that can play standing up or with his hand in the dirt and he will already have a built in fan base from his time in college with the Buffalo Bulls.

Buffalo didn’t pay much attention to their pass rush last off-season, but they can change that with one pick.

I disagree with Sanchez’s pick.  Buffalo did address the d-line last off-season but not in a direct aspect.  They brought in Jerry Hughes who has made a good impact opposite Mario Williams.  Dareus and Williams, obviously have the interior well in hand and with Carrington coming back off of injury next year and Alan Branch proving to be an asset, the D-Line, I believe is set up for next year.

As for the linebacking situation, with Lawson and Bradham at OLB and Kiko at ILB, they are set for starters.  Where the Bills need to look is an impact WR that will be able to be a threat out of the gates and give Stevie Johnson a run for his money, because Johnson is not getting any younger.   I know Buffalo brought in Woods and Goodwin and they have not disappointed but in this league I think the Bills need someone to replace Johnson at this point. Three options for the Bills might be Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Marquise Lee.

Another need for the Bills is going to be a TE but I don’t think that there is a TE at the 9th spot worth looking at.

You can check out the rest of the picks by Josh Sanchez and Fansided here.

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  • NWBill

    Wow …… totally agree with you, Dennis. Josh Sanchez proved that he really doesn’t know – or get – where this team is right now, and what it needs to move to the next level. Everyone wants to dance around the elephant in the room: which is that Stevie is probably on the downside of his career – and, given the fact that he’s never been a Pro Bowl/impact type WR in the first place, means that this is an opportunity for Buffalo to draft the best WR available next spring. The defense is coming along nicely, and I think that the most glaring holes on this team right now are at TE and WR. Chandler is a great player, but injury-prone, and Stevie is …..well, Stevie. We’ve seen all we’re going to see (and get) from him; he’s no Andre Reed or Eric Moulds, which is exactly what the Bills need to round out their young, exciting, but INEXPERIENCED WR corps. How many times – especially on 3rd down, or in the red zone – did they need a guy who would get open, and CATCH the ball to either move the chains or get the TD? Wayyyyy too many times! Stevie would rather brag about the guy he “shook off so bad he fell down,” than the fact that the team didn’t get the TD. We don’t need “me first” WRs, guys! We need the next Andre Reed. Let’s go out and draft him for EJ!

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