Bills Mock Draft
The Buffalo Bills have a number of needs as they get ready for the NFL Draft. Head coach Rex Ryan has a lot to prove in a pivotal season where his job could actually be on the line. The Bills have a decent first round position as they pick 19th in the first round. Can the Bills draft players to help turn their team around?
Our own, Woodsy, has been doing 7-round mock drafts behind the scenes for over the past 3 months and has given us the best possible draft scenario for each of the 3 New York teams.
Here are his selections for the Bills:
Team needs: DE, OLB, OT, DT, WR, CB, G, ILB
1st Round, Pick 19: Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky (6'2", 251lbs)
Spence is a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker that fits Rex Ryan's system perfectly. With the void left by the departure of Mario Williams, the Bills need another pass rusher off the edge. Spence can do that. His athleticism alone makes him a first round pick. Once he develops in Ryan's system, Spence could be one of the elite 3-4 pass rushers in the NFL. It is likely that he will be there at #19 after his stock dipped slightly over the past few months. If he is there, it's a steal for the Bills. The big question is, are his off-the-field concerns too much of a burden?
2nd Round, Pick 49: Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU (6'6", 305lbs)
Hawkins is the perfect selection for the Bills in the second round. Having played both tackle positions in college, Hawkins' versatility and athleticism on the offensive line makes him a very coveted commodity. One of the stronger linemen in the draft, Hawkins could even develop as an interior linemen in the future.
3rd Round, Pick 80: Landon Turner, G, Notre Dame (6'4", 330lbs)
Landon Turner is a beast on the interior. One of the premier run blocking guards in the draft, selecting Turner would make LeSean McCoy a very happy camper and make the Bills running game even more of a threat. Turner is an overpowering guard who has the strength and frame to drive back defensive tackles. He has potential to improve on his skills as well and has teams in the 3rd round 'licking their chops' to get him.
4th Round, Pick 117: Willie Henry, DT, Michigan (6'2", 293lbs)
Willie Henry could possibly be the hidden gem of the 2016 NFL draft. Overshadowed by other more well-known defensive tackles, Henry would have to fall to the Bills at this spot. Some teams are so high on him, that they may even take a stab on him in the second round. It's also noted that division foes are intrigued by Henry as well which might entice Ryan into drafting him if not in the 4th round, earlier.
4th Round, Pick 139: Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State (6'2", 188lbs)
This one would be a bit of a gamble by the Bills. Higgins was a prolific receiver at Colorado State, yet drops have stymied his growth as a player over the years. Ranked the best receiver outside of the power-5 conferences, Higgins has the ability to be a good route runner, but lacks in explosiveness and separation off the line of scrimmage. He could have 2nd round value, but he could also be a bust.
5th Round, Pick 156: Aaron Wallace, DE, UCLA (6'3", 240lbs)
Wallace has the potential to be one of those players who develop better as a pro than a college athlete. Here is another guy that under the scheme of Ryan can develop into a utility pass rusher or third down staple.
6th Round, Pick 192: Tavon Young, CB, Temple (5'10", 174lbs)
Young is more of a zone corner than a one-on-one corner that we see a lot in Ryan's defense. Another stretch by the Bills, but they pick Young up based off of potential. During the Senior Bowl has gave us some fun one-on-one matchups against the likes of Braxton Miller that caught the eyes of a lot of scouts.
6th Round, Pick 218: Josh Forrest, ILB, Kentucky (6'3", 265lbs)
One of the taller linebackers in the draft, Josh Forrest is an intriguing prospect. With potential to develop into a pass rushing inside linebacker, Forrest is a pure tackler in the middle of a defense. Ryan and the Bills will take a shot on him in hopes his development improves his overall play.
Overall, the Bills filled a number of needs that sure up both their offensive and defensive lines.
Tomorrow we take a look at the last New York team who happens to have the best position when it comes to picking in the draft out of the other two. The see who the Giants might draft and pair with their off-season acquisitions.