By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on April 24, 2014
Although they lost safety Jairus Byrd in free agency, the Buffalo Bills have done a good job of addressing many of their offseason needs before the 2014 NFL Draft. This will allow them to draft the best players available rather than draft at a particular position, which could prove beneficial for them. With the draft two weeks away, here is mock draft of how the Bills will utilize all six of their draft picks.
It doesn't look like Mike Evans is going to be available 9th overall, but it appears that Matthews will. At that point Matthews will be too good to pass up. If anybody knows the importance of drafting an offensive lineman, it's Doug Marrone, and adding Matthews will significantly improve Buffalo's offensive line.
The Bills are already strong up front, but they can always work to improve their pass rush. Taking Lawrence is looking ahead towards the future, as it could be difficult to keep their starting defensive line intact beyond the 2014 season. So even if he doesn't make an immediate impact, Lawrence will end up being a smart selection in the long run.
With Jairus Byrd gone, the Bills are going to need some reinforcements at safety. Unless Buffalo surprises everyone by picking a safety in the first round, taking Brooks in Round 3 will be its best bet to pick up a useful player who can help solidify their secondary even though no single player alone will make up for the absence of Byrd.
The Bills could use a young tight end, and Fiedorowicz could be a potential steal in Round 4. He's a competent blocker at the line of scrimmage, but he can also be a significant participant in the passing game despite being underutilized in college. He's not one of the elite tight ends in this year's draft, but he can be a useful player for the Bills.
Uko hasn't yet reached his potential, so he may not contribute a lot as a rookie. But he has experience playing both defensive tackle and defensive end, and he has great pass-rushing skills, which should make him a valuable part of the Buffalo defensive line for years to come.
Although he's undersized, Allen has great speed and instincts which should help him overcome a lack of size and become a frequent contributor for the Bills as a backup linebacker and on special teams.
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