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March is here and we are in full swing with both free agency buzz and mock drafts. Below is listed every single major mock draft picks for the Bills.
Rob Rang: Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
Dane Brugler: Eric Ebron TE North Carolina U
Pete Prisco: Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
Pat Kirwan: Taylor Lewan OT Michigan U
Will Brinson: Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
Dan Kadar: Round 1 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
Round 2 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington U
Round 3 Telvin Smith LB Florida State U
Matt Smith: Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
Bucky Brooks: Eric Ebron TE North Carolina U
Charles Davis: Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
Daniel Jermiah: Mike EVans WR Texas A&M
Round 1 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
“Buffalo fans would have to be thrilled if Sammy Watkins made it to them at No. 9. That’s what I had happening in a previous version, but that’s no longer the case. However, the front office would still consider Mike Evans, who had a tremendous Combine.
This offseason has to be all about building around E.J. Manuel. The Bills have to find a potent weapon for the second-year quarterback. Stevie Johnson won’t be around much longer, so a new receiver is needed.”
Round 2 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington U
“The Bills add yet another play-maker for E.J. Manuel, who needs all the help he can get. The tight end position definitely needs to be upgraded.”
Round 3 Shayne Skov ILB Stanford U
“Kiko Alonso is a stud, but the Bills need someone else to play next to him, especially given that Arthur Moats is heading into free agency.”
Round 4 Jefferson Jackcoat DE Texas U
“Jerry Hughes’ great 2013 campaign came out of nowhere. The Bills should probably obtain some insurance just in case it was a fluke. They could use depth at linebacker anyway.”
Round 5 Anthony Steen OG Alabama U
“The Bills never replaced Andy Levitre, so they’ll need to do something about the guard position.”
Round 1 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
“The Bills have to replace right tackle Erik Pears this offseason. Matthews excelled at right tackle for three seasons at Texas A&M. He could play right tackle, or Buffalo could put him at left tackle and flip Cordy Glenn to the right side.
Matthews took over in 2013 as the left tackle to protect Johnny Manziel’s blind side. He was excellent at protecting Manziel and opening up running lanes. Matthews passed his tests against his best defensive line opponents, Alabama and Arkansas. Auburn’s speed-rushers gave Matthews some issues. He won the majority of his blocks, but he was beaten for a sack by Ladarius Owens on a left-armed rip move. Matthews played much better in the second half, and his pass protection was strong. In the majority of games, he was dominant, including the bowl game against Duke. Matthews sustained some blocks for ages with the way that Manziel held onto the ball and scrambled around.
With Luke Joeckel as the left tackle, Matthews was superb on the right side in 2012 and 2011. In 2012, the junior got the better of LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo. Matthews followed that performance with excellent games against Mississippi State and Alabama. Manziel picked up a lot of yards on the ground and through the air because of his fabulous tackle tandem.
The Aggies tackle is the son of Bruce Matthews, so the bloodlines are there for a standout NFL offensive lineman. Jake Matthews is both a superb pass-protector and a physical run-blocker; a great cut-blocker, too. The 6-foot-5, 308-pounder is quick and athletic. His intelligence and instincts are off the charts.”
Round 2 Cyril Richardson OG Baylor U
“The Bills need to improve their guard situation after not re-signing Andy Levitre. Richardson would give Buffalo a heavy guard to pave the way for C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
Richardson was largely dominant in 2013. He was a tremendous run-blocker for Lache Seastrunk and opened a ton of holes at the point of attack. The senior’s pass protection was sound as well.
Richardson did an overall good job of blocking for quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2011. Richardson also did well opening up holes in the ground game for Terrance Ganaway. Richardson started out at guard in 2010 before he moved to tackle as a sophomore. The junior was moved back to guard for 2012.
The 6-foot-5, 335-pounder played better back on the inside. He was consistent in every phase of the game. Baylor experienced a lot of success running behind him, and he was also reliable in pass protection. Richardson could be most effective at guard in the NFL.”
Round 3 Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson U
“In 2013, Breeland had 74 tackles, five tackles for a loss, 10 passes broken up and four interceptions. The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder improved as the season progressed. Breeland was a 3-year contributor. As a sophomore, he totaled 32 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and three passes broken up in five starts. Breeland had 53 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defended with seven starts in 2011 as a redshirt freshman.
WalterFootball.com has heard that Breeland could rise in the months to come. Every year there is a corner who seems to have a late rise. For the 2013 NFL Draft, it was D.J Hayden, while the year before it was Stephon Gilmore. Breeland is a candidate to watch.”
Round 4 Xavier Grimble TE Southern California U
“An ankle injury held back Grimble in his final collegiate season. In 2013, he dragged down 25 receptions for 271 yards with two scores. Grimble made his presence felt with a solid 2012 season. He hauled in 29 receptions for 316 yards and five touchdowns. Grimble (6-4, 257) showcased some impressive, natural receiving ability. Beyond that, he has quickness and athleticism. Grimble should improve his blocking ability, but he could have starting potential for the NFL.”
Round 5 Cody Hoffman WR Brigham Young U
“The Bills could use a big receiver for E.J. Manuel.
Hoffman recorded 57 receptions for 894 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. The senior hurt his draft stock by landing a one-game suspension.
Hoffman was one of the most productive receivers in the nation in 2012, despite inconsistent quarterback play. He caught 100 passes for 1,248 yards with 11 touchdowns. Hoffman had some huge games against weak competition. The junior was held in check by Boise State and cornerback Jamar Taylor for only three catches for 21 yards. Hoffman delivered solid production in 2011 with 61 receptions for 943 yards and 10 touchdowns. He hauled in 42 catches for 527 yards and four scores as a freshman.
Hoffman (6-4, 223) is a big receiver who uses his size well. He is a serious weapon in the red zone as he runs good routes and has excellent hands. However, the big question about Hoffman is if he has enough speed to get separation from NFL defensive backs.”
Doug Farrar: Round 1 Calvin Pryor FS Louisville U
“Let’s assume that the Bills will not be able to re-sign safety Jairus Byrd, one of the best and most underrated players in the league. If that’s the case, new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will have a serious problem on his hands, as Byrd’s ability in deep coverage allowed his predecessors to throw certain schemes at opposing offenses with impunity. Pryor is the quickest and flashiest safety in this class, and he’d be a great replacement for Byrd over time”
Jesse Reed: Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State U
“The Bills have plenty of needs, but the team would be crazy to let a defensive playmaker like Justin Gilbert slide down the board. Gilbert is a terrific cover corner who compares to Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals. Like Peterson, he’s also a talented return man who would quickly become a fan favorite in Buffalo.”
Scott Polacek: Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo U
“With Barr going at No. 8, Khalil Mack will slide to the Buffalo Bills immediately afterward. Despite a less-than-stellar record, they don’t have a lot of gaping holes on the roster, but linebacker is one of them. Adding just one linebacker could change the dynamic of the defense, and fitting Mack alongside Mario and Kyle Williams would be imposing. Buffalo could also consider tackle Jake Matthews or receiver Mike Evans, but the hometown product Mack would be a nice boost to thelinebacking corps.”
Steven Cook: Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
“In most drafts, an offensive lineman of Jake Matthews’ pedigree, size and talent level would be off the board in the top three or four picks. Thankfully for Buffalo, he will fall to the Bills thanks to a quarterback-crazy class and a number of defensive studs emerging. Matthews will be able to start right away in Buffalo and help anchor its offensive line.”
Chris Rolling: Eric Ebron TE North Carolina U
“The long-term plan in Buffalo consists of properly building around second-year quarterback EJ Manuel.While other areas of need may be more pressing, taking an approach that is similar to how Cincinnati has treated Andy Dalton is a smart route for the Bills.With that in mind, Eric Ebron is a safe pick who immediately contributes. Whether he consistently provides a safety outlet in the red zone or creates big plays after the catch, he drastically improves Manuel’s odds of success.”
Alex Espinoza: Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
“Jockeying for position with Mack as the leading linebacker in this year’s class is Anthony Barr, who starred for UCLA on defense after starting his career in the offensive backfield. He’s a load at 6’5″, 255 pounds and turned in an impressive 4.66 in the 40. Adding him to a talented defense that already includes Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and others would bolster the strength of the team for 2014.”
Round 1 Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo U
“The story sounds too good to be true: local college player stays in town to be the outside force the Buffalo Bills need. But if Khalil Mack is available at pick No. 9, he should be the man for the Bills as they look to catch the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Mack has the edge ability to be a force for the Bills in passing situations, but he also showed good ability when unprotected against the run. Mack will struggle when asked to cover up (line up in front of) the tackle, but that’s not his game. He’s a weakside linebacker with pass-rushing skills and the instincts to dominate. A young roster in Buffalo breeds the type of “best player available” pick that this is, and Mack would help to complete the team’s young defense.”
Round 2 Xavier Su’a-Filo OG UCLA
Round 3 Ed Reynolds FS Stanford
Round 4 Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech
Round 5 Jordan Zumwalt ILB UCLA
Round 6 Cody Hoffman WR Brigham Young U
Round 7 Taylor Hart DE Oregon U
Cody Swartz: Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
“The Buffalo Bills need to do everything possible to make sure EJ Manuel can develop into a franchise quarterback. Manuel was so-so as a rookie, finishing with 11 touchdown passes, nine interceptions, and a 4-6 record as a starter. If the Bills can add a playmaking receiver like Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, the Buffalo offense gets a whole lot more talented. Evans is a 6’5” talent with the ability to go up and get any jump ball. He’s the next Vincent Jackson, but possibly with a higher ceiling. Evans timed a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, which is scary fast for a man his size. Last year, Buffalo drafted USC wide receiver Robert Woods in the second round to pair with veteran Stevie Johnson. Johnson’s numbers dropped off drastically in 2013, as he posted just 597 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Injuries played a big role in the drop-off: He dealt with a fractured vertebra in the summer and then missed the final four games of the campaign. If Buffalo is unable to count on Johnson, then that puts a lot of pressure on Woods. Adding Evans alleviates that burden and gives Manuel another option in the receiving game.”
Joe Buscaglia: Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
“he Bills will just wait to see how the top eight unfolds and then select the best player on the board. The Bills are going with the run-heavy philosophy with EJ Manuel at quarterback, which could make right tackle a much bigger value in their eyes. Matthews is a technically sound, under control offensive tackle that can play at a high level on both sides at tackle. This would be considered a “safe” pick, because you know exactly what you’re getting in Matthews. He would slot in immediately as the starting right tackle, and could shift over to the left side if Cordy Glenn ever struggles.”
Josh Norris: Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
“The Bills can go in a variety of directions, but I believe Barr fits the versatility up front. I know Jerry Hughes played well, but consider Barr a replacement for Manny Lawson. Barr is only in his second season on the defensive side of the ball. He added weight this season and kept the same ridiculous closing speed. When he keeps that space on the edge, watch out. When he loops inside, watch out. But I want to see more hand use and counter moves from Barr. The upside is absolutely there, however.”
Todd McShay: Sammy Watkins WR Clemson U
Mel Kiper Jr: Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
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