Buffalo Bills 2012 NFL Draft: Who the Bills Should Target in Round 2
After Matt Kalil, Justin Blackmon and Luke Kuechly were all selected in the top-nine selections, that left names like Gilmore, Michael Floyd and Riley Reiff on the board for the Bills.
A lot of Bills fans were upset that their favorite team didn't take Floyd, but as they say, defense wins championships.
So with the choice of Gilmore in the first round, who should Buffalo target with the ninth pick of the second round?
Here's a list of players the Bills should go after in Round 2.
1. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
For months, mock drafts from numerous sources had the Bills taking Riley Reiff out of Iowa with the 10th overall selection.
With that said, the Bills still need to address their offensive line.
Jonathan Martin, who defended the blind side of Andrew Luck at Stanford, is still on the board.
Martin is one of the best offensive tackles in the draft and certainly has no shortage of swagger. Martin, according to the St. Louis Rams Twitter feed, said before the draft that he believes he’s the best overall tackle this year. Yes, even better than the Minnesota Vikings’ No. 4 pick Matt Kalil.
If Martin believes that he was the best tackle entering the draft, he’s going to try and prove all of the teams who passed on him exactly what they missed out on.
I can see Martin coming into the NFL with a chip on shoulder after falling out of the first round.
The Bills still have a big need at left tackle despite Chris Hairston being a decent player.
If Martin falls to the Bills in the second round, Buffalo would be smart to bolster its offensive line.
2. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Stephen Hill is ranked as the best wide receiver still available after one round. According to CBS Sports, Hill ranks as the fourth-best receiver in this year’s draft.
The Bills sorely need more weapons for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Stevie Johnson and David Nelson had good production for the Bills a season ago, but outside of those two guys, there wasn’t much to speak of.
At 6’4”, Hill is a big target at receiver.
In addition to his size, Hill ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the scouting combine.
That was faster than every other wide receiver taken in the first round.
With his straight speed and vertical size, Hill could become a deep threat for Fitzpatrick to target off of play action.
3. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
After one round, Stanford tight end Coby Fleener is still available.
One big obstacle blocking Fleener falling to the Bills, however, are the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts could fill a need at tight end, while simultaneously bringing in one of Andrew Luck’s former teammates from Stanford.
The transition to becoming and NFL quarterback would likely be made easier for Luck if he had a familiar face in the locker room, who he is used to targeting in the passing game.
If Fleener does fall to Buffalo though, he’d be a great fit.
The Bills did re-sign tight end Scott Chandler in the offseason, but he has been very inconsistent and is more of a red-zone threat.
Fleener could come in immediately as a weapon for Fitzpatrick if they choose not to add a wide receiver.
4. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
The Bills already took one South Carolina Gamecock in this draft, why not add another?
Alshon Jeffery is seen as a second-round talent because he doesn’t have the elite straight-line speed you look for in a receiver.
There’s also a concern from Jeffery’s drop in production from 2010 to last season.
In 2010, Jeffery caught 88 passes for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns.
Last season, Jeffery still caught eight touchdown passes, but dropped significantly down to just 49 receptions for 762 yards.
If you draft this guy based on his 2010 production, it’s seen as a solid pick.
The dip in production last season is a red flag though.
5. Mychal Kendricks, ILB, Cal
After missing out on Luke Kuechly in the first round by one spot after the Carolina Panthers decided to draft the Boston College linebacker, the Bills may look to add an inside linebacker in the second round.
Mychal Kendricks out of Cal is a stocky linebacker at 6’1”, 240 pounds.
He’s great pursuing running backs and hits hard as a tackler.
One of the things that the Bills need to address for next season is their effectiveness against the run.
The Bills ranked 28th in the league last season against the run, giving up 139 yards per game on the ground. Adding a linebacker with the ability to pursue opposing runners and take them down with consistency would be a great fit for Buffalo.
6. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
At 6’7”, 323 pounds, Mike Adams is a behemoth at left tackle. He certainly has the frame to play the part of an offensive lineman in the NFL.
Despite showing flashes of being a very solid offensive tackle while at Ohio State, Adams’ bad decisions off the field really hurt his stock.
The Bills aren’t usually a team that takes chances on guys with character issues, but if Jonathan Martin is picked up before the Bills’ second-round pick, they may decide to draft Adams and hope they can change his attitude.
If the Bills do decide to draft him, hopefully he can mature.
It’s not all negativity surrounding Adams though, he has said that he relishes playing against the big names.