With the NFL Draft kicking off tonight, there will be hundreds of mock drafts swirling the web. The Buffalo Bills will have the tenth overall selection and the team could go many different ways. Below is my mock draft for all of the Buffalo Bills’ picks for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft:
1st Round (10) Prediction: Luke Kuechly (ILB – Boston College) – Kuechly is the best linebacker prospect to come out in years and will help the Bills forget about just missing Patrick Willis in 2007. Kuechly is outstanding in coverage and his addition to the defense will quickly give the Bills one of the most promising defensive front sevens in the league.
2nd Round (41) Prediction: Mike Adams (OT – Ohio State) – Adams is a massive 320 pounds and has a wingspan around seven feet long. He is a monster on the outside, but could project better as a right tackle long-term.
3rd Round (71) Prediction: Ben Jones (C – Georgia) – Centers never get picked early, so Jones will likely slip very far in this year’s draft. He is a guy who can start at either guard or center at the next level and could fill an immediate hole at right guard in Buffalo.
4th Round (105) Prediction: Kirk Cousins (QB – Michigan St.) – Cousins is a steal in the fourth round and is one of the most polished quarterbacks to come out.
4th Round (124) Prediction: Michael Egnew (TE – Missouri) – Egnew is an amazing pas-catching tight end and could fill a team need from week one.
5th Round (144) Prediction: Shaun Prater (CB – Iowa) – Prater is a great man-to-man cornerback and gives the team some youth at the position, as they will likely be getting rid of Drayton Florence and Terrence McGee at the end of the year.
5th Round (147) Prediction: Ryan Broyles (WR – Oklahoma) – Broyles is coming back from a torn ACL, but still had a very strong collegiate career (349 receptions, 4,586 passing yards, and 45 touchdowns).
6th Round (178) Prediction: Vick Ballard (RB – Mississippi St.) – Ballard had an amazing senior season, as he racked up 1,189 running yards and 10 touchdowns. He will likely stay on special teams, but could give the team even more depth at the running back position.
7th Round (217) Prediction: T. Y. Hilton (WR – Florida International) – Hilton is the best pure athlete of this year’s draft class and will be a very special return man at the next level.
7th Round (251) Prediction: Charles Brown (CB – UNC) – Another one of the Bills’ late-round defensive backs.