Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back James Wilder Jr. (32) runs with the ball as Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Maye (20) defends during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 37-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
This is the fourth and final installment of our 2014 Buffalo Bills Mock Draft; the Buffalo Bills should look to acquire a pick who has a lot of upside but needs a little work around the edges. A player of this caliber would have to come into a position with a veteran presence. Veterans help ease the transition from college to NFL. Let’s take a look into some players the Buffalo Bills should be interested in heading into the 4th round of the 2014 Buffalo Bills mock draft.
James Wilder, Jr.-RB, Florida State
At 6’1” 226 pounds, and a 4.57 40 yard dash, Wilder could add a physical and demanding presence as a 3rd string back for Buffalo. He is an upgraded version of Heisman candidate Andre Williams and would be a relief back for the Fred Jackson/CJ Spiller running attack. He has good vision and is unstoppable against arm tackles. With Buffalo’s redzone struggles last season, Wilder is definitely worth picking up if he falls into the 4th round; the man can hit like a freight train and could help Fred Jackson shoulder the weight of the Bills running game inside the redzone. To improve his draft value, Wilder needs to work on staying healthy while preparing for his NFL combine debut. Wilder has struggled with concussion and shoulder injuries in years past.
Keith McGill-CB, Utah
McGill is an intriguing cornerback prospect standing at 6’3′ amd 202 pounds.He could become a great number two cornerback in alongside Stephon Gilmore. Although he lacks experience at corner, he has good ball instincts and would be a great fit for an experienced secondary. Keep in mind that the coaching staff in Buffalo helped Leodis McKelvin develop as a player to have his best year statistically in Buffalo. If he works on his speed and physical play, McGill could become a corner similar to Aaron Williams but with a longer frame and better straight line speed.
Seantrel Henderson-OT, Miami University
A beast of a man, Henderson is a more athletic version of Cordy Glenn. Standing at 6’7”, 331 pounds, Henderson moves well with his feet and has the ability to get out into space and block oncoming defenders with his long arms. He would be a huge asset for the passing/screen game, especially with Spiller’s struggles to get quality blocking in open space. The beauty of Henderson is that he can afford to shed a few more pounds; with an athletic quarterback in EJ Manuel, Henderson could easily fill the void at tackle opposite Glenn. Henderson needs to work on developing quicker feet, technique, and continual weight loss. If he does these things, he will be a steal in round 4.
Marion Grice-RB, Arizona State
Grice is a solid, versatile running back who can do it all for an offense. Standing at 6’0” and 207 pounds, Grice is a committed pass blocker with good hands. He can also make defenders miss in the open field, similar to the running style of Fred Jackson. Adding him to the Buffalo Bills offense would create a mismatch for linebackers, paving the way for consistent production from the running and passing game. He still needs to work on his toughness and adding muscle, but Grice has solid ball instincts that cannot be coached. Grice’s presence could help alleviate the offensive woes that plagued the Buffalo Bills last season and has the skills to contribute to the return game as well.
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