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Ranking the Buffalo Bills’ 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

Ranking the Buffalo Bills' 2014 Draft Picks

Buffalo Bills' 2014 Draft Picks
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The Buffalo Bills made a statement on draft weekend. First, the team traded with the Cleveland Browns to select Sammy Watkins. Then the team traded a future pick for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown. Buffalo wasn't done, trading wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for a future pick. After all the wheeling and dealing, here are the Bills' 2014 draft picks, ranked from worst to first.

7. Randell Johnson, OLB - Round 7, No. 221

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7. Randell Johnson, OLB - Round 7, No. 221

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Buffalo selected Randell Johnson out of Florida Atlantic with one of its two seventh round picks. The 6-foot-3 235-pound Johnson is athletic, but not exceptionally quick. He was selected over the likes of Christian Jones and Shane Skov. The Bills did not address depth at the defensive line in this draft, passing on players like Michael Sam and Jackson Jeffcoat to select Johnson.

6. Seantrel Henderson, OT - Round 7, No. 237

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6. Seantrel Henderson, OT - Round 7, No. 237

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If Buffalo can get Seantrel Henderson to put a little time and effort into his craft, this pick could be the steal of the draft. Henderson's lackluster effort at the Senior Bowl coupled with off-field issues scared away teams. Head coach Doug Marrone cut his teeth in the coaching ranks as an offensive line coach. I suspect Marrone will work closely with Henderson to see if he can get the talented tackle on the right track.

5. Preston Brown, ILB - Round 3, No. 73

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5. Preston Brown, ILB - Round 3, No. 73

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Buffalo selected Preston Brown to back up starting linebacker Brandon Spikes. The pick makes sense since Spikes is signed for only the 2014 season. Brown will help against the run but is a liability versus the pass. He was projected as a fourth-round pick by many, so the Bills could have addressed the safety position with Terrence Brooks and looked to grab Brown a round later.

4. Ross Cockrell, CB - Round 4, No. 109

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4. Ross Cockrell, CB - Round 4, No. 109

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Ross Cockrell fits the mold of a Bills corner – big and physical. He also projects as a potential safety down the road. This may explain why Buffalo did not draft a prototypical safety. Cockrell is a smart player who overachieved at Duke. He did a great job against Mike Evans in the Chik-fil-A bowl. Corner depth is never a bad thing.

3. Cyril Richardson, OG - Round 5, No. 153

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3. Cyril Richardson, OG - Round 5, No. 153

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Buffalo continued to shore up the offensive line by adding Baylor guard Cyril Richardson. Richardson is a mountain of a man. He struggled with his conditioning and his work ethic has been questioned. Buffalo had trouble opening up running lanes for CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson last year, so Richardson is the road grader the Bills need. If Marrone can work his magic on Richardson, then Buffalo will have a fifth-round steal.

2. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT - Round 2, No. 44

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2. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT - Round 2, No. 44

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Cyrus Kouandjio saw his stock tumble after concerns about a knee injury surfaced. The tackle from Alabama apparently put those concerns to rest at his pro day and joins a Buffalo offensive line that gave up 48 sacks last season. Kouandjio is expected to compete for the starting right tackle job with Erik Pears. If his knee is not an issue, Kouandjio and Cordy Glenn give the Bills two bookend tackles for the next 8-10 years.

1. Sammy Watkins, WR - Round 1, No. 4

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1. Sammy Watkins, WR - Round 1, No. 4

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Buffalo wanted to land a playmaker in the first round. The Bills traded the No. 9 pick in 2014 and its first-round pick in 2015 (along with a fourth rounder) for the No. 4 pick and the right to draft Sammy Watkins. Watkins immediately steps in as the Bills' top receiver. Buffalo needed a star receiver to help the growth of quarterback E.J. Manuel, and Watkins fits the bill.