2012 NFL Draft: What the Buffalo Bills Could Do
Since the free agency period began and the Buffalo Bills became the first team to get a crack at 27-year-old Mario Williams, they grabbed the ball and haven't let go since.
Bills general manager Buddy Nix said that after signing Williams they were done with free agency, and understandably so. By signing Williams, the Bills landed arguably the best defender in this year's free-agent class.
Their focus now shifts to the 2012 NFL Draft. Here are players the Bills could target with their 10th pick in the first round.
Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina
Quinton is built extremely similar to Mario Williams. He measured 6'5" and 284 pounds at the combine. He also ran an impressive 4.71 40-yard dash and had 25 bench reps of 225 pounds.
Of all the prospects in the draft, he has the largest upside. But he also could be the biggest bust.
Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina
Ingram is an undersized defensive dnd (6'1-1/2", 264 pounds). But don't let his lack of size fool you. He ran a 4.69 40-yard dash and is considered one of the most explosive defenders in this year's draft.
He is simply a freak athlete, so much so that South Carolina used him on a fake punt and he ran it 68 yards for a touchdown.
Jonathan Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford
Martin is a big (6'5-3/8", 312 pounds) and strong offensive tackle who protected the blind side of Andrew Luck, the sure-fire No. 1 overall pick.
He is intelligent and will be a force at the next level.
Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa
Reiff is another big-framed (6'5-3/4", 318 pounds) offensive tackle who will do an excellent job protecting a quarterback's blind side. He has played left tackle since his sophomore year in high school and played it so well at Iowa that Bryan Bulaga, the Packers' first-round pick in the 2010 draft, was forced to play right tackle.
Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame
Floyd is a big and physical (6'2-5/8", 220 pounds) wide receiver who loves to punish smaller cornerbacks. He has had a a few disciplinary problems at Notre Dame, but nothing that should scare away any NFL teams interested in drafting him.
Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver, South Carolina
Jeffery is another bigger (6'2-7/8", 216 pounds) wide receiver who could lure coverage away from Stevie Johnson. He has an extremely long and strong frame. He also has character concerns. He was kicked out of the Capital One Bowl. And despite showing up at the combine far lighter than expected, there are concerns about his conditioning regime.
Nick Perry, Defensive End, Southern California
Nick is an excellent athlete with more than adequate size (6'-2 3/4", 271 pounds) and a quick-twitch first move for the position. However, he relied heavily on his athleticism rather than learning proper technique. He does not jump the snap count and he can tend to be one of the last off the ball.
Luke Kuechly, Middle Linebacker, Boston College
Luke is a big (6'3-1/4", 242 pounds) middle linebacker prospect who has a nose for the ball and an excellent football IQ. His drawbacks are he doesn't possess elite speed, thus isn't an accomplished blitzer and lacks closing speed. Also, if Buffalo were to look at him, they would have to move second-year player Kelvin Sheppard to the strong-side linebacker position.