Buffalo Bills: Predicting the Impact of Each 2014 Draft Pick

Buffalo Bills: Predicting the Impact of Every 2014 Draft Pick

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The Buffalo Bills' 2014 draft was one of the most eventful in the team’s history. They made arguably the biggest move of the draft when they traded up to select former Clemson star Sammy Watkins. However, the Bills have some other interesting rookies as well. It will be intriguing to see how each will pan out in 2014. Here are predictions for each of the Bills’ 2014 draft picks.

7. 1st Round (4): WR Sammy Watkins

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7. 1st Round (4): WR Sammy Watkins

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Few rookies will be facing the kind of expectations that Watkins will in 2014. When the Bills traded their 2015 first-round pick to Cleveland for the right to select Watkins, they staked their immediate future on his success. Despite this, Watkins should rise to the occasion and emerge as one of the better wideouts in the NFL sooner rather than later.

6. 2nd Round (44): OT Cyrus Kouandjio

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6. 2nd Round (44): OT Cyrus Kouandjio

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Of all the additions the Bills made to their offensive line this offseason, Kouandjio likely has the best chance to contribute right away. He is poised to be Buffalo’s opening day starter at right tackle. Despite some injury issues, Kouandjio should prove to be an improvement over the often subpar play the Bills got from the position last season.

5. 3rd Round (73): ILB Preston Brown

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5. 3rd Round (73): ILB Preston Brown

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Brown might have been the Bills’ most surprising draft pick, especially given the fact that he was taken in the third round. However, he is distinguishing himself with the team early on. While the Bills have good talent and depth at linebacker, don’t be surprised if Brown sees meaningful playing time in 2014.

4. 4th Round (109): CB Ross Cockrell

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4. 4th Round (109): CB Ross Cockrell

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Cockrell was one of the Bills’ better picks in this year’s draft. He is a smart and tough cornerback with excellent intangibles. However, the Bills are loaded at cornerback with Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey and Corey Graham, among others. It may be a while before Cockrell can move up on the depth chart.

3. 5th Round (153): OG Cyril Richardson

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3. 5th Round (153): OG Cyril Richardson

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An absolute mauler in the middle of the offensive line, Richardson possesses a lot of sleeper potential as he tries to find his place in the Bills’ offensive line rotation. The Bills have questions at both guard spots, so it wouldn't be a shock to see Richardson see some playing time this season.

2. 7th Round (221): OLB Randell Johnson

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2. 7th Round (221): OLB Randell Johnson

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It is unlikely that Johnson will see much time, if any, on defense this season. The Bills have several solid options at linebacker, including third-round pick Preston Brown. However, Johnson will be given an opportunity to make the 53-man roster on special teams, which is a role he could find some success in.

1. 7th Round (237): OT Seantrel Henderson

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1. 7th Round (237): OT Seantrel Henderson

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Apart from Sammy Watkins, Henderson is perhaps the most interesting member of the Bills’ 2014 rookie class. Once a blue-chip recruit coming out of high school, Henderson’s off-field issues wrecked his draft status. However, he didn't lose any of his incredible size or athleticism. It might not happen this season, but if Henderson gets his act together, he could prove to be the steal of the Bills’ 2014 draft.


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