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3 round mock goes OL twice for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2016 – 12:13 pm

We’ve seen a host of different mock drafts during this pre-draft period, and most have favored the defensive side of the ball for the Bills. ProFootballFocus has put together a three-round mock draft and they’ve got the Bills picking two offensive players in their first three picks.

PFF has the Bills taking an offensive tackle in round one, a linebacker in round two and an interior offensive lineman in round three. While I don’t dismiss the possibility of Buffalo taking an offensive tackle in round one, I think it’s essentially a fall back option for what they’d like to do, which is add a starting caliber player to their front seven on defense. Here were PFF’s picks for the Bills.

  1. Buffalo Bills – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

One of the best fits in the draft, Conklin is a powerful run blocker best used in a power scheme and that’s exactly how Buffalo wants to play offensively. Conklin is no slouch in pass protection either, allowing only 25 pressures on 849 snaps the last two years.

  1. Buffalo Bills – Su’a Cravens, S/LB, USC

A tweener prospect, Cravens is more linebacker than safety and while there may not be a clean fit in Buffalo’s base defense, he projects as a nickel linebacker in their scheme. He’s strong against the run with sound instincts in coverage.

  1. Buffalo Bills – Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford

Rex Ryan officially loves this draft as he now adds perhaps the best pulling guard in the class in Garnett. It’s a perfect fit for the Bills who love to pull their guards in the run game, and Garnett has plenty of experience in Stanford’s scheme where he posted the second-best run blocking grade in the nation last year.

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