5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters for Buffalo Bills
5 NFL Draft Prospects That Could Be Instant Starters for the Buffalo Bills
Last season, the Buffalo Bills were a team from which nobody really knew what to expect. Hiring a brand new coach and drafting a raw rookie quarterback all seemed to be very risky moves for the Bills. Although the Bills weren’t world-beaters by any means during the 2013-14 season, they showed that the future is bright in Buffalo.
Quarterback E.J. Manuel, despite missing six games, showed that the Bills were smart to put their faith in him. When he was on the field, he showed a tremendous amount of poise and natural talent. In his first year as an NFL head coach, Doug Marrone proved to be quite an upgrade over previous coach Chan Gailey. Marrone made some rookie mistakes, but the job he did in harnessing all of Buffalo’s young talent was nothing short of spectacular.
Going forward, the Bills still have holes to fill. Despite the positive gains last season, the team still finished a mediocre 6-10, good for a last-place divisional finish. The team holds the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and it’s crucial for Marrone and GM Doug Whaley to make sure they nab a player that can start from day one.
The Buffalo Bills are a team on the rise, and I’m sure they will be a playoff contender in the future. It all started last year with the hiring of a new coach and the drafting of a new quarterback. Now it’s up to Buffalo to continue succeeding in the rebuilding effort by going out and nailing this draft.
5. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
The Bills defense has a lot of young talent on the rise, but with the addition of Khalil Mack, this defense could really take steps to becoming one the best units in the league. Mack has the potential to be dominant and would start from day one.
4. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Let’s face it, it’s time the Bills move on from the Scott Chandler experiment. Chandler has been largely ordinary over his time in Buffalo, and the truth is, it’s time the team looks for an improvement. Eric Ebron out of North Carolina has a ton of potential, and he is already more talented than most NFL tight ends.
3. David Yankey, OG, Stanford
Doug Legursky isn't the answer at guard for the Bills, and it’s likely that the team knows that. Guard should be a position the Bills will target at the draft, and chances are Yankey will be pretty high up on their wishlist.
2. Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood University
Pierre Desir out of Lindenwood University isn't the most well-known prospect. However, he has exceptional talent, and despite playing at a small school, Desir is more than capable of making the quick transition into the NFL.
1. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
To some, Jake Matthews is the best offensive tackle in the entire draft, and without a doubt, he would provide an upgrade over Erik Pears on the right side of the line. Matthews is a very safe, polished prospect and would be an instant starter for Buffalo.