The off-season is in full swing as Buffalo prepares to try to sign free agents and start watching more and more game tape on potential draft prospects. For Doug Marrone and company the 2013 draft was good to them, however, can they repeat and find a key player to make an instant impact? As many of us know Buffalo has the 9th overall pick in the draft and have several options.
Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M
Evans is a 6’5” 225 lbs. wide receiver who is tough to stop. His height gives him a huge advantage and Buffalo could certainly use a tall guy. Other than Scott Chandler, they truly don’t have a very tall receiver who can win the jump ball. Evans would be a very nice complement to Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. The only true down side to picking up Evans is his speed, but Buffalo has plenty of other speed to help out. To see more on Evans check out this link.
Khalil Mack – LB – Buffalo
Mack is a Buffalo area favorite because he is a tough linebacker who plays in Buffalo’s backyard. Many believe if Buffalo pairs Kiko Alonso and Mack up together they might have one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL, however, let’s not rush things. Mack is a solid player and is a great run defender, but he still has yet to play in the NFL. Mack played at smaller university that doesn’t offer the top-level competition. Regardless, Mack is a solid player and would be a very nice addition to the Buffalo defense, but he might be a little over hyped by Bills fans.
Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA
Barr is a hard nose football player who is getting a lot of attention. Some mock drafts have him going in the top 5 and others in the top 10. Barr is explosive off the snap, and reminds many experts of Von Miller. He also has amazing closing speed in which he can cover a ton of ground in seconds. Those are things you just can’t teach a player and having a player like Barr paired with Buffalo’s already stellar pass rush, could cause even more issues for the opposition. To see more on Barr check out this link.
C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama
Mosley comes from one of the best college football schools anyone could ask for. Mosley is what many coaches would dream of. He has great football instinct and he does well in pass cover as well as run support. However, the biggest downfall is the injury concern. Many players who play at the high level like Mosley tend to get banged up in college and he might just be to risky for the 9th overall pick.
Eric Ebron – TE – UNC
Ebron’s name comes up because many believe with all the tight end success in the NFL, he is going to be the next best thing. Ebron is a great athlete and can make all the catches. His speed and acceleration are very good for a player of his size. He may be the next Jimmy Graham, but Graham is good because of the offense that the New Orleans Saints run. Ebron would be a good addition and another weapon for EJ Manuel, but if Buffalo re-signs Scott Chandler I am not so sure this is a key need at 9th overall.