Playing defense on the South team are the following players that are projected to go in the first-round of the draft: Courtney Upshaw, (Alabama LB), Zach Brown (North Carolina LB), Quinton Coples (North Carolina DE), Melvin Ingram (South Carolina DE/DT) and Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama CB).
From this defensive unit, it appears that two players could easily wind up going to the Bills with the No. 10 overall pick—Quinton Coples, the North Carolina defensive end, or Courtney Upshaw, the Alabama outside linebacker.
It would be considered a major upset if neither Coples or Upshaw is available for the Bills when they are on the clock at No. 10. The Carolina Panthers select at No. 8, and they are said to be looking for help with their pass rush, but they also might be tempted to give Cam Newton one of the top wide receivers in the draft.
If the Panthers drafted Coples, I could easily see the Bills taking Upshaw. Upshaw would then he paired with Marcell Dareus, and the two Alabama teammates can keep each other inspired.
Bills fans should tune in to watch Upshaw and Coples in action. In fact, you should try to catch some of the live practices on the NFL Network to watch them hitting in pads. The NFL Network also does a wrap-up show at 10:30 pm EST to review what happened that day in practice.
During practice on Wednesday on the NFL Network, Steelers scout Mark Gorscak compared Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw to LaMarr Woodley. He said they have similar body types and play a similar game.
Another member of the South team that is projected to go in the first round is Georgia G Cordy Glenn.
The North team has some talent as well, and they have three players that are projected first-round draft picks: Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard, Washington RB Chris Polk and Ohio State T Mike Adams. After practice on Wednesday, Dennard dropped out of the Senior Bowl game due to a hip-flexor injury.
It is not a lock that the Bills will draft a pass rusher in the first round because we know that Buddy Nix is capable of pulling off a surprise or two. But with the proclamations of Nix and head coach Chan Gailey, it would certainly be a surprise if the Bills didn't find some help for the pass-rush in the first round.