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New mock has different QB for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2013 – 2:20 pm

The position choice is much the same as a lot of other mock drafts for the Bills these days, but the name is different.

SI.com’s Don Banks has released his mock draft 3.0 and has Buffalo taking a quarterback. West Virginia’s Geno Smith is off the board to Jacksonville with the second pick overall in Banks’ mock draft, so here’s who he has coming off the board at 8.

8. QB Matt Barkley USC Sr. – It didn’t take listening in on Buddy Nix’s phone calls or sitting with Doug Marrone at breakfast last week in Phoenix to figure out the Bills are the most quarterback-desperate team in the NFL. Just check the depth chart: Tarvaris Jackson and Aaron Corp. Barkley will be on the rise if he turns in an impressive Pro Day showing Wednesday at USC, with the priority being he flashes the necessary arm strength scouts need to see. The Bills might wish they could wait until the second round to find their quarterback, and Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib would be their hoped-for target in that case, but I just don’t believe Buffalo has that luxury.
 
Banks doesn’t have another quarterback coming off the board in the rest of round one.

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McShay’s latest mock has OT to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2013 – 3:31 pm

It’s certainly a different prognostication than we’ve seen in most of the mock drafts for the Bills. ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has Buffalo taking an offensive tackle with the eighth overall pick.

McShay has Buffalo taking Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, who some regard as the best tackle prospect in the draft, even ahead of Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel. He had West Virginia QB Geno Smith going one spot ahead of the Bills to Arizona at seven.

Here’s what he wrote about his pick for the Bills.

8. Eric Fisher
Buffalo Bills (6-10)
COLLEGE: Central Michigan
AGE: 22
HT: 6-7
WT: 306
POS: OT

Analysis: Offensive tackles get bumped down a bit if Lotulelei goes No. 1, and that’s the case in this scenario. But some teams have Fisher higher than Joeckel, so Fisher could go as high as No. 1 overall.  He also could go to the Jaguars at No. 2, the Raiders at No. 3, the Eagles at No. 4, the Lions at No. 5 … well, you get the picture.

If Fisher falls to No. 8, the Bills shouldn’t think twice. He becomes the long-term answer at left tackle, and Cordy Glenn moves to right tackle after a strong rookie season.

While Fisher is my favorite offensive tackle in this draft, I think the more likely scenario would be Buffalo trading out of this spot if they don’t think USC QB Matt Barkley is a good value at eight and moving down. They’re certain to have suitors for the eighth pick knowing a lot of teams would love to have Fisher at eight.


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Kiper’s new mock has LB to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2013 – 3:40 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has just released his second mock draft. He makes special mention that he believes trades could happen for teams like Kansas City (1st) and Arizona (7th) where they move out of the top 10 since there are no quarterbacks that fit the value there. That’s why he also doesn’t select a QB for the Bills at 8.

Kiper chose Georgia LB Alec Ogletree for Buffalo at eighth overall. Ogletree had 112 tackles, 3 sacks and an interception in 2012. Here was his analysis.

8.  Buffalo Bills (6-10)

Alec Ogletree *

COLLEGE: Georgia
AGE: 21
HT: 6-3
WT: 237
POS: LB
Analysis
: Sticking with a linebacker here, but going with the higher ceiling. The Bills really need help at interior linebacker, where Kelvin Sheppard
is merely adequate. Ogletree was at one time a safety, and you see those kinds of instincts when he plays, because he simply flies to the ball. He’s a great pursuit player and a guy who will shoot gaps and make stops in the backfield, but that’s also because he has really good instincts. A big key with Ogletree is versatility. There’s no reason he can’t work on the edge, or inside. He has the ceiling of a player who can do it all.
 
Kiper did not have a quarterback coming off the board in the entire first round.

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Latest mock has QB to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2013 – 11:25 am

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CBSSports.com has put together a mock draft, and surprise, surprise, they’ve got the eighth pick of the Bills being used on a quarterback.

CBSSports.com’s draft analyst Rob Rang picks Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson for the Bills at eighth overall. Here’s his reasoning as to why.

8. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: While incumbent starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is far from the team’s weakest link, few believe he is the caliber of quarterback that can lead Buffalo to a Super Bowl. Furthermore, general manager Buddy Nix has specifically stated he hopes to find the team’s quarterback of the future. Furthermore, he told reporters at the Senior Bowl that he was impressed with Wilson’s arm strength. While new head coach Doug Marrone might prefer his former Syracuse signal-caller Ryan Nassib, Wilson has the production against SEC competition to make Marrone – and the rest of Buffalo — believers.

The mock has two quarterbacks coming off the board prior to Buffalo’s pick at 8. Rang has the Chiefs taking West Virginia QB Geno Smith with the first pick, and Arizona taking USC QB Matt Barkley with the seventh pick right in front of Buffalo.


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Why no QBs in Kiper’s 1st rd. mock

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2013 – 5:32 pm

Earlier today ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper released his first mock draft and he did not have a single quarterback come off the board in the first 32 selections. In a national conference call Kiper explained why.

Kiper referenced the Arizona Cardinals at seven and Buffalo Bills at eight in need of a quarterback, but he doesn’t see them taking one in round one.

“I couldn’t put a first round quarterback in my mock because I don’t think one is going to go seven or eight,” said Kiper. “After that nobody else is looking at a quarterback. The teams that are, Kansas City obviously and Arizona and Buffalo, but they’re second round possibilities. To me if you want to project a quarterback at seven or eight go ahead. I just don’t think there’s any quarterback worthy of going that high.”

Kiper then raised the potential of one of those teams trading back into the bottom of round one to get the signal caller they want.

“That’s where do you see a team trade back into the first round in the 20’s to get a Mike Glennon, a Geno Smith or a Matt Barkley? Certainly that could happen,” said Kiper. “We all thought that was going to happen with Andy Dalton two years ago and it never did. Cincinnati stayed where they were he fell to them and Colin Kaepernick went a little higher to the 49ers and there they were. Everybody said if you want Andy Dalton you have to move back into the first at about 25 and nobody had to move to 25.

“The late great John Butler was running the Chargers organization and he took LaDainian Tomlinson and didn’t trade up in the late first for a quarterback and there he was sitting there in the early second round. They didn’t have to trade up to get him. So that’s why this notion that you have to trade up to get their quarterback doesn’t happen.”

“So I can’t project that trade when I’m doing a mock first round. It distorts the whole thing. So could Geno Smith, Glennon or Barkley go in the late first? They could. Could one of these guys get hot during the pre-draft process? Yes.”


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Kiper mock has LB to Bills at 8

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2013 – 11:10 am

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has a linebacker going to the Bills with the eighth pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Kiper has the Bills taking Notre Dame MLB Manti Te’o. Here’s what he wrote about his pick for Buffalo.

Manti Te’o
Buffalo Bills (6-10)
COLLEGE: Notre Dame
AGE: 21
HT: 6-2
WT: 255
POS: LB
Analysis: The Bills really need help at interior linebacker, where Kelvin Sheppard is a good player. Te’o doesn’t have elite athleticism, but he has elite instincts, elite intangibles and will become the leader of a defense by the end of training camp. He makes the Buffalo run defense better immediately, and very quietly was second in the nation in INTs, showing great awareness in his drops (and good hands) against the pass. He may not end up this high, but I’m sold on him as a high-level NFL middle linebacker.
 
Kiper doesn’t have a quarterback coming off the board in the first round in his initial mock draft.

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Another mock goes DE for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2012 – 2:15 pm

Buffalo’s need to improve their pass rush is obviously no secret as yet another draft prognosticator has the Bills landing a pass rusher with the 10th overall pick.

The Sporting News Russ Lande has Buffalo getting North Carolina DE Quinton Coples, which would be a huge boost to their pass rush. At 6’6″ 272 pounds Coples has prototype size and talent to match. Here’s what they wrote about the pick.

10. Buffalo Bills: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. With the Bills moving back to a 4-3 base defense, they must find players who can play defensive end in that scheme. Coples is a perfect fit in a 4-3 and shined at the Senior Bowl, showing all the tools to make an immediate impact.


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Latest mock has new pass rusher

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2012 – 11:05 am

The lion’s share of the mock drafts thus far have the Bills taking Alabama DL/OLB Courtney Upshaw, but what if he’s off the board already? That’s what the latest Rotoworld draft has unfolding leaving the Bills with an interesting choice to make at 10th overall.

Rotoworld’s Evan Silva has Upshaw going to the Dolphins at ninth overall, a very realistic pick for Miami. So who do the Bills go with one pick later? South Carolina do-it-all defender Melvin Ingram. Here’s their commentary on the mock pick.

10. Bills — South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram
The Bills are implementing a base 4-3 up front, but plan to be “multiple” on defense in an effort to keep offenses off balance. With versatility as his calling card, Ingram is what the doctor ordered. Ingram was productive as a 4-3 defensive tackle, 4-3 end, and 3-4 outside ‘backer in the SEC, wreaking havoc with power, explosiveness, and closing speed that jumps off the page. Buffalo finished 30th in the league in sacks in 2011, and Ingram has a knack for quarterback disruption.

Used mainly as a pass rusher by the Gamecocks, Ingram logged 17 1/2 sacks his last two collegiate seasons.


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Mooch has pass rusher for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 18, 2012 – 1:33 pm

NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci put together a top 10 mock draft this week and has the Bills taking a pass rusher.

Mariucci has Buffalo taking UNC DE Quinton Coples. Coples is capable of playing DE in a 4-3 system as a pass rusher. Here is the former head coach’s top 10 in its entirety.

1 – Andrew Luck QB Stanford – Best player in the draft; this is a no-brainer.
2 – Matt Kalil OT USC – Sam Bradford must stay healthy if they want to win. They also will entertain trading this pick to build their team.
3 – Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma St.- They miss Sidney Rice, and Percy Harvin’s headaches are a concern. Christian Ponder needs weapons. Another possible trade pick.
4 – Robert Griffin, III QB Baylor – The Browns have many needs, but they’ll take the best remaining QB to immediately challenge Colt McCoy.
5 – Morris Claiborne CB LSU – With Ronde Barber on the way out, the Bucs need to upgrade defense ASAP.
6 – Trent Richardson RB Alabama – May try to move up to grab QB, but Mike Shanahan is still trying to find the next Terrell Davis.
7 – Riley Reiff OT Iowa – Blaine Gabbert needs more time in the pocket.
8 - Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama – Cam Newton’s offense will score points, but they need more cover guys to keep scores down.
9 – Devon Still DT Penn St. – Best defensive player on the board.
10 – QUINTON COPLES DE North Carolina – Defense needs upgrades.


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SI.com’s Banks has OT to Bills at 9

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2010 – 12:39 pm

SI.com’s Don Banks has an offensive tackle going to the Bills at ninth overall.

Banks has Buffalo taking Rutgers OT Anthony Davis. Davis has arguably the highest upside among the top five offensive tackles in the draft, but some so called experts maintain that he’s not as polished or mature as the other top OTs. My response is how could he be? The guy is just 20-years old.

In any event here is Banks’ commentary on his pick for Buffalo.

The full weight of having to make the call on Clausen’s NFL potential falls squarely on the shoulders of the Bills’ new regime, general manager Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey. Unless they have a complete conviction about the quarterback, I see the Bills going the safer route and getting an offensive tackle to help rebuild their shambles of an offensive line. But I can see why everyone keeps giving Clausen to Buffalo. If not there, how low does he go?

I think with the right coach keeping him on the straight and narrow Davis could really be something special. Davis, like Bulaga, Okung and Williams is ready to start on the left side from day one, so this would not be a bad pick by any means. I do however, prefer the experience of Williams and Okung being four-year guys in college. Eventually Davis will catch up and potentially pass those guys in terms of ability and consistency, but that’s on him. If you’re convinced he’ll mature and have a professional work ethic then the sky will truly be the limit for him.


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Mocks favoring OTs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2010 – 2:30 pm

The mock draft prognosticators have made a slew of different individual selections for the Bills with the 9th overall pick thus far, but they’ve overwhelmingly chosen one particular position.

Offensive tackle has far and away taken the top spot position-wise for where mock prognosticators expect the Bills to go at nine. Of the 37 mock drafts compiled, 19 (51%) have Buffalo taking an OT.

The quarterback position was the next most popular position with 13 of the 37 (35%) opting for a signal caller for the Bills. Naturally only Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen have been mentioned at QB options at nine.

The next most popular position is DT with Tennessee’s Dan Williams accounting for all three of the 37 votes for that position.

Here’s the breakdown by individual player.

QB Jimmy Clausen 10
OT Anthony Davis 7
OT Bryan Bulaga  6
OT Trent Williams 4
QB Sam Bradford  3
DT Dan Williams  3
OT Russell Okung 1
OT Bruce Campbell 1
LB Rolando McClain 1
LB Sergio Kindle 1


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