Bills pre-draft needs: WR, CB, OT, LB
First Round, Pick 10: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Facing Tom Brady twice a year is getting aggravating. With a revamped pass rush, the next logical step was to revamp the secondary. Gilmore has shutdown cornerback upside and will immediately contribute in zone schemes.
Second Round, Pick 41: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
Glenn came into the draft as a projected first to second round talent, and the Bills didn't want to miss the opportunity to add a potential starter at a position of need. Their lack of depth at offensive tackle was exposed last year.
Third Round, Pick 69: T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State
A lack of explosive targets in the passing game was another reason for the downfall of the 2011 Bills, and Graham averaged 16.5 yards per reception and ran a blazing 4.35-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Shot of adrenaline for the Bills offense. Many thought he'd be available in the seventh round or as a UDFA.
Fourth Round, Pick 105: Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
The Bills have their starting linebacker trio for next year, but the long term future at linebacker is uncertain. Bradham has experience in their defense and is every bit the athlete that new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt looks for at linebacker.
Fourth Round, Pick 124: Ron Brooks, CB, LSU
Getting buried by Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne on LSU's depth chart was enough to push Brooks into the fourth round, but wasn't enough to make people forget just how talented he is.
Fifth Round, Pick 144: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
Double-dipping at a position of need is a wise move, and Sanders comes with starting experience for a big time football program.
Fifth Round, Pick 147: Tank Carder, ILB, TCU
Carder will immediately contribute on special teams, and could eventually fight for a role in the sub package defense or maybe even in the base if he can bulk up a little bit.
Sixth Round, Pick 178: Mark Asper, G, Oregon
He started at Oregon, but he won't be starting in the NFL anytime soon. That's no matter, because the Bills need depth on the inside of their offensive line one way or the other; better to get someone with experience.
Seventh Round, Pick 251: John Potter, K, Western Michigan
A flier pick at a position where the Bills need a long term answer behind the 35-year-old Rian Lindell.
Overall Draft Grade: A
Positions of need were addressed multiple times over. The Bills didn't make any real head-scratching picks aside from T.J. Graham. No major gripes with their draft overall.