He projected one of the best linebackers in the entire draft class to the Bills with pick 19 in his second mock draft of the pre-draft season. That linebacker however, is coming off a major knee injury and his medical exam will carry huge weight at the NFL Combine in a couple of weeks.
ESPN’s Todd McShay picked Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith to Buffalo at 19 overall in his second mock draft. Here was his assessment.
19. Buffalo Bills
Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
This selection comes with some risk because of Smith’s knee injury, but if the Bills’ doctors clear him, Smith would be a great pick. He took his game to the next level this past season and is an elite athlete. Smith has experience playing inside and outside and would fit well as the weakside off-ball linebacker in Rex Ryan’s defense. Other options here: Alabama DT Jarran Reed and Ohio State OLB Darron Lee.
Obviously if Smith’s medical is discouraging and it seems unlikely that he can help this coming season that could change things dramatically for his draft stock. Knowing there could be options like Reed and Lee might keep Buffalo from taking a big risk on a player with tantalizing potential, but bona fide health concerns.
In McShay’s first mock he had the Bills taking Ohio State OT Taylor Decker
Tags: 2016 NFL draft, mock draft
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