Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears guard Cyril Richardson (68) in action against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT
With the first round in the books, BuffaloLowDown decided to go with Mike Evans, wide receiver from Texas A&M. Evans received 25% of the votes while Khalil Mack came in second with 21% of the votes. Evans is just the player Buffalo needs. He brings something Buffalo lacks right now, height. Evans is 6’5” and this guy would truly help Buffalo out with their red zone issues. His ability to go up and get the ball, beat double teams and his physical play would benefit Buffalo a lot.
Now it’s on to the next round. With the 41st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select…
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Washington
Height: 6’6” Weight: 276
Seferian-Jenkins is the third ranked tight end in the draft. He is a reliable route runner and has amazing quickness off the snap. Whether or not Scott Chandler is lost to free agency, this kid would be a great guy to add to the team. He is a well-rounded tight end, he is efficient at catching and blocking. He isn’t has physical as some may like but he is a just what Buffalo would need. The one downside is that he has had some trouble off the field which could hurt his draft stock just a bit.
C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Iowa
Height: 6’6” Weight: 265
Fiedorowicz isn’t as great as some of the other tight ends but the top three tight ends could be gone by the end of the first round. Fiedorowicz is more physical than Seferian-Jenkins and he is a very good blocker. He also is a great mismatch and has soft hands. Buffalo could use him in the passing game and as well as a blocker when running the ball.
Antonio Richardson – OT – Tennessee
Height: 6’6” Weight: 332
Richardson is a mammoth on the field and plays like it too. He has great athleticism for his size and has great power and speed. His only weakness I have seen is he had some trouble bull rush, but that was versus the best player in the draft Jadeveon Clowney. Other than that Richardson has truly held his own. Buffalo could certainly use him at offensive tackle, they had some issues there this year and this would help solidify the offensive line.
La’el Collions – OT – LSU
Height: 6’5” Weight: 315
Collins played both guard and tackle at LSU. This past season he started 11 games for the Tigers at tackle and did well. He is a strong player who is great at run blocking. He had some trouble with speed rushers throughout the year but if Buffalo would move him to the right tackle I believe he would hold his own. A huge advantage for him is that he can play both guard and tackle in the NFL.
Cyril Richardson – OG – Baylor
Height: 6’5” Weight: 340
Richardson was a three-year starter at Baylor and played both guard and tackle. In Buffalo he would most likely take over at guard and would be a huge asset considering the Bills struggled at guard this year. He is a massive player who is very strong. He is an excellent athlete and he brings a nastiness that Buffalo’s offensive line could use.
Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA
Height: 6’3” Weight: 305
Su’a-Filo is a dominant player at guard. He would have an instant impact for the Bills. He started 38 games for the Bruins and did a very good job. He is a powerful player who is quick and is a great pass blocker as well as run blocker. Buffalo has to start to protecting their quarterbacks and it starts with the offensive line. Richardson would probably be the first choice but he could be gone and Su’a-Filo might be a good option.
Gabe Jackson – OG – Mississippi State
Height: 6’3” Weight: 340
Jackson is another dominant guard that Buffalo could use. He has long arms to keep defenders away and he uses his leverage very well. He is a great run blocker who has quick feet and gets to the second level to open holes. Buffalo could use any three of the guards in this round but Jackson has great size (not to big not to small) and his weight makes him it hard for defenders to push him around.
Michael Sam – OLB – Missouri
Height: 6’2” Weight: 255
Sam led the SEC in sacks with 10.5 and 18 tackles for losses throughout his Senior season. He has played against some of the best competition in the nation and has proven he can perform. He would be a great addition for Buffalo to help shutdown the rushing attack and put even more pressure on a quarterback. Right now it seems he could be an in between player at the next level and could either play defensive end or outside linebacker. This would be an intriguing pick for Buffalo in the second round.
Kyle Van Noy – OLB – Brigham Young
Height:6’3” Weight: 245
Van Noy is a your prototypical outside linebacker. He is quick and has a knack for finding the ball. He isn’t your best pass rusher available, however, he certainly has the ability to get to the quarterback but also defend the pass. His skills are great and if Buffalo selected him, he would be another good asset to add. He would certainly help stop the run but he can also add to dominant pass rush as well.
Shayne Skov – ILB – Stanford
Height:6’2” Weight: 245
Skov had some questions around him after he came back from a torn ACL. He didn’t have the explosive look people rember but in 2013 he showed the nation he was back. He regained his quick step and showed why he is one of the best at shedding blocks and getting to the hole. Buffalo had trouble stopping the run and Skov would certainly help that issue. The only thing that is a true weakness is sometimes he is too aggressive and over pursues.
Chris Borland – ILB – Wisconsin
Height: 5’11” Weight: 246
Right away you have to notice that Borland is a little undersized. He was a great player in college but his size might hurt him in the NFL. However, he makes up for his lack of size with heart. He is a passionate player and reads the offense very well. He can sniff out plays and doesn’t get sucked in to. He has great speed and is good in coverage. This guy might be undersized and many teams will overlook him. He might fall a bit in the draft so Buffalo might just be able to draft him in the 3rd.
Lamarcus Joyner – CB – Florida State
Height: 5’8” Weight: 190
Joyner is tiny for a cornerback, however, he plays like he is 6’3”. Joyner has the most sacks among any secondary player in the nation and some how ended up with the second most tackles on the FSU team. Joyner is a stud at cornerback there is no denying that, however, his size is a huge issue. It’s hard to judge Joyner because he is so good. He is a great captain and makes huge plays but his size will likely hurt him come draft time.
Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech
Height: 6’0” Weight: 194
Fuller is a bit bigger than Joyner and may fit more of Buffalo’s need for size. He had an injury issue this past year, however, this kid is still a stud. Buffalo will surely be looking at the game tape of him. He is a good corner who provides excellent run support and brings some good speed. One downfall is he has some issues trying to recover when the wide receiver gets an first step on him. He would be a nice addition to the Bills secondary because he is diverse and can play several different positions.
Dion Bailey – FS – Southern California
Height: 6’0” Weight: 200
Bailey is the second highest ranked free safety in this coming draft. He is a very good at diagnosing the play and reacts quickly. He doesn’t get out of position too much and is a great leader. He certainly is going to be on the Bills radar if they lose Jairus Byrd this off-season. There are some injury concerns with him but Bailey would be an instant starter in Buffalo.