As if round one mock drafts weren’t enough, we’ve got day two mock drafts of where the so called experts think the Bills are headed tonight.
The Buffalo Bills have picks at 49 and 80 and guessing who they pick is just that, a guess.
Marc Sessler – NFL.com writer
The depth in the front seven is evident and many of those prospects are rolling over to day two. Sessler sees the Alabama duo, A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed, quickly departing off the boards in round two.
“It’s a surprise that neither of Alabama’s stellar defensive tackles were taken in Round 1. Look for a steady run on “hog mollies” starting early Friday. Clemson end Kevin Dodd won’t last long, either.”
In his article, he writes who are the best prospects where he ranks these two in third. Then he follows up with it by saying the respective players perfect fit, where in this case is at One Bills Drive.
“Coach Rex Ryan isn’t finished adding depth to a line that let him down last season. Either one of these big -bodied defenders would make the Bills coach a happy camper.”
Lance Zierlein – NFL Media draft analyst
There’s mock drafts aplenty on the internet and Zierlein has Buffalo picking Jonathan Bullard. The defensive end is a 6-foot-3 defensive lineman who had a knack to stuffing up the middle and at times got to the quarterback.
“Not a sexy pick, but has the ability to play along the line of scrimmage and can get to the other side of the line,” Zierlein said of the pick.
This addition would add security behind Kyle Williams. Williams only saw the field for six games and isn’t getting any young as he enters his 11th year in the NFL.
Evan Silva – NBC’s Rotoworld writer
With the 49th pick, Silva has the Bills selecting Bronson Kaufusi from Brigham Young University. The defensive end has the stature needed for the position. He stands at 6-foot-6 and is a force against the offensive line at 285 pounds.
However, he is projected by some, like NFL.com, to be a later round pick like 4 or 5. He’s questioned to be unable to become a major threat to the quarterback and not as versatile to being a linebacker.
Ryan’s defensive scheme is based around the front seven and the deception between who’s blitzing and who may drop back into coverage. Picking Kaufusi at 49 has a risk, but then again there’s no sure thing as a safe pick.
The second pick, barring a trade, is at 80. The Bills could use this pick as a filler for some of the holes in the roster. One position is at quarterback due to Tyrod’s contract ending after this season, the Bills may not want all their eggs in one basket.
Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is who Silva has for Buffalo in round three. The quarterback would be the fifth selected in his draft with Connor Cook, of Michigan State, going before him at pick 67.
Hackenberg brings a lot to the table. But like many college athletes, there’s much to learn to translate success to the NFL.
“Christian Hackenberg from Penn State has a ton of talent,” said NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock… “He’s going to be a wild card because his upside from a skills perspective is he has starter skills, but his tape is poor.”
Justis Mosqueda – Featured Columnist for Bleacher report
A needed position for any NFL team is at left tackle. This position is famous for protecting the blindside. Currently, the Bills have four-year-pro Cordy Glenn and through his prediction, he has Joe Dahl at 80. This pick may not be to replace Glenn, but maybe to transfer to the other side which has been an insecurity for the Bills in recent past.
“He’s fairly similar to David Bakhtiari coming out of Colorado, a left tackle prospect from the Pac-12 who many had pinned as an interior offensive lineman, even a top-end center prospect, because of his size. Dahl is a solid developmental, flexible piece of a zone blocking scheme.”
Day two of the NFL draft is difficult to pin down who picks who when each team has different needs. Every General Manager has their own views on talent. NFL draft prospect Correa summed it up best in his tweet last night.
This post was put together by Contributing Correspondent Andrew Kuczkowski
Tags: 2016 NFL draft
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