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The perfect mock draft, its an illusive hypothetical white whale that few rarely conquer. Thanks to On the clock at fanspeak.com, I have caught this whale and hugged it gently like I know Captian Ahab would have done if I had finished Moby Dick, I really feel that novel was going to have a happy ending. Anyway, a couple days ago I was on fanspeak’s mock draftulator and I got the perfect storm of a mock draft so I battened down the hatches and grabbed a screen shot so I would remember it. Below is probably the best possible draft for the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 draft.
ROUND 1 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson-
Watkins would instantly be the number one receiver and would provide a dynamic and truthfully horrifying match up for opposing defenses. His striaght line speed, agility, and his ability to leap out of the stadium would instantly upgrade the Bills offense. Not to mention he would add an extreme wrinkle into this offense with his ability to bust runs for big gains and scores. Drafting Watkins would shore up the Buffalo’s offense for the foreseeable future. Also, its a bonus that growning up his favorite team was the Buffalo Bills.
Round 2 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington U
This big body TE who is great at end line blocking would come into the Bills organization and be the starter from day one. The Washington product has great upfield speed and can stretch defense vertically. Seferian-Jenkins would be the TE for the future for the Bills and could develop great chemistry with second year starter EJ Manuel. If Scott Chandler was kept the two together would be an outstanding pair because Jenkins could be the Mid-level to deep threat while Chandler could creep underneath and be a safety blanket.
Round 3 Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin
Chris Borland would allow the move of Kiko Alonso to strong side linebacker. Borland’s athleticism and badger like tenacity have him as a similar player to Alonso was coming out of college. The only exception is that Borland’s cover skill are better than Alonso’s coming out of college. The person I would compare Borland on a pro comparison is Brian Urlacher, they both have good cover skills, are sure tacklers, and are great leaders on defense. Then the weakside backer job would be left to Manny Lawson who did a pretty great job this past season.
Round 4 Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi St
Gabe Jackson would fit an extremely pressing need in the Bills Offense, LG play this year has been sub-standard at best. Jackson is a good sized guard who plays the game very hard and` physical. His run blocking capabilities are make him a great prospect, he is a hard nose blocker who’s lateral quickness and great ability at the second level. This make him a great run blocker and his pass blocking is good but not at the top caliber level. Jackson seems very much like Larry Warford in last years draft, an underated talent who could start at the NFL level from day one.
Round 5 Chris Davis CB Auburn
Chris Davis is best known for his amazing 109 yard return against Alabama in the Iron Bowl this year, he is also a good corner and an extremely good return man. He would add serious depth to our defensive back corps and would take over the punt return duties that Leodis McKelvin split with Jim Leonhard this year. Davis would be a dynamic returner and an excellent gunner on special teams and would likely see the field on dime packages. The Iron Bowl hero is the type of corner who is athletic enough to run with basically any WR in the league. In fact he actually reminds this scout a lot of McKelvin when he entered the league, a great athlete who may lack a bit of the cover skills that can be learned in the NFL and relies heavily on his natural ability to make plays.
Round 6 Billy Turner OT North Dakota State
Billy Turner is one of many small school players that have come to the fore front because of good performances in the post collegiate bowl games. He is big guy at 6 foot 6 inches 314 pounds and he shows good ability in the pass game, although he sometimes catches defenders allowing them to get into his pad. Turner’s speed when pulling leaves a bit to be desired, he is however a prime candidate to challenge Erik Pears at the RT position. Turner’s a brawler, he hits and blocks hard and he does well blocking at the second level. He is one of the sleeper lineman picks in this years draft and I believe he could easily take over the starting role at RT if he develops to his full potential.
Round 7 L’Damian Washington WR Mizzou
Washington is one of my favorite WR’s in this draft class, to me his play is very similar to Randy Moss. Washington is one of those players who can blow the top off a defense without looking like he has blazing fast speed. His long sprinters stride, as well as his size and strength allow him to fight off almost any corner. These are assets that could greatly help the Buffalo Bills Offense and would give EJ manuel a second true down field target similar to Marquise Goodwin. Washington has the ability to turn a medium gain into a big play or a score and would be utilized his first couple of years as a fourth or fifth WR while getting some time on the goal line as well.
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