Buffalo Bills 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
Buffalo Bills 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
Now that the NFL Combine has been completed and the best prospects are evaluated, it’s time for teams to re-shuffle their boards for the 2014 NFL Draft. That makes this the perfect time to complete a mock draft predicting every draft pick for each NFL team.
For the Buffalo Bills, the 2014 NFL Draft will be an important one. During the 2013 season, the Bills put down the foundation for their future under new head coach Doug Marrone. Buffalo added a nice crop of young players in last year’s draft to go along with a few proven veterans, but they still have a wide variety of needs that they’ll need to address in this year’s draft, especially since the Bills aren’t always able to attract high-profile free agents who can make a major impact.
The Bills made a big commitment to offense in last year’s draft by taking quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first round and then by drafting wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in the second and third rounds, respectively. But Buffalo’s work on the offensive side of the ball is far from over, as they have needs along the offensive line this offseason that they’ll look to address in the draft.
Defensively, the Bills took linebacker Kiko Alonso in last year’s draft, and then watched him play like one of the best rookies in the NFL. However, they’re going to need to get him plenty of help in this year’s draft which is something to be aware of as we check out the post-combine edition of the Bills’ mock draft.
Round 1, 9th Overall - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
If somehow Khalil Mack were to fall this far, the Bills would jump on him. But he won’t, so they’ll go all in on the offensive side of the ball and give E.J. Manuel as much support as possible. Ebron could very well be the next great NFL tight end in the same category as Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez. It may be a little too soon to pick him at No. 9 overall, but the Bills stretched last year to get Manuel, so they won’t have a problem doing the same with Ebron this year; he’s a difference maker.
Round 2, 41st Overall - Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
With the uncertainty regarding Jairus Byrd, the Bills would love if Calvin Pryor were still on the board at this point. But unless they trade up that may not happen, in which case they strengthen their offensive line with Richardson. If you remember the Tennessee-South Carolina game from 2012, you saw Richardson contain Jadeveon Clowney for nearly the entire game, so you know he can play with anyone. If necessary, Cordy Glenn can move to right tackle to make room for Richardson on the left side and give Buffalo a solid duo at the offensive tackle position.
Round 3, 73rd Overall - Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State
Smith is a little small which means he’ll drop into the third round where the Bills will grab him. He’s not the strongest player, but Buffalo has plenty of beef up front to make up for it. What Smith brings to the table is a lot of speed, the ability to cover in space and a whole lot of effort. He works hard and loves to play the game, and that’s the kind of player Doug Marrone wants on his football team.
Round 4, 105th Overall - Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
The Bills have to guard against losing Jairus Byrd, and they can’t afford to wait any longer than the fourth round if nobody they like falls to them earlier in the draft. Brooks won’t fill the shoes of Byrd, but after playing on a national championship defense last season, he’ll work just fine for a fourth round addition.
Round 5, 137th Overall - Brandon Coleman, WR Rutgers
The Bills are not going to stop looking for weapons for E.J. Manuel, especially with Stevie Johnson’s future uncertain. Coleman almost decided to play for Doug Marrone in college, so Marrone is familiar with him and won’t be shy about drafting him if he’s available. The Bills have plenty of speed at wide receiver, but not necessarily a lot of size -- at least not the kind of size Coleman has at 6-foot-6. Even if he’s not a complete player as a rookie, Coleman could give Manuel a big red zone target. This would make things a lot easier for the young quarterback, making this a quality selection by Buffalo in the fifth round.
Round 6, 169th Overall - Devon Kennard, LB, USC
Buffalo needs to keep adding help at linebacker late in the draft, and they may end up with Kennard. He was a three-year starter at USC and team captain this past season. Kennard is smart and a high-character player, and Doug Marrone will like having a player like that, making him a good fit for a Bills team that needs to add depth at linebacker.
Round 7, 201st Overall - Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State
The Bills have one of the strongest defensive lines in the league, but it never hurts to get younger and add a little depth at that position. That's what Buffalo will get by picking Barnett.
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