From South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore, Georgia T Cordy Glenn and North Carolina State WR T.J. Graham, the Buffalo Bills have addressed three positions that they targeted coming into the 2012 NFL draft.
With six remaining picks spread out over today's final day of the draft, what positions and which players will the Bills add to round out the 2012 roster?
Coming in to the draft, Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix stated that he wanted to draft two tackles and two corners, so you can expect them to add one more of each. I also think the Bills are interested in drafting a quarterback that they can develop, and believe that the team wants to address its depth at linebacker.
That would account for four of the six picks, leaving two picks to add players that the Bills feel would represent great value for where they have them graded, and probably adding a player they feel would be a good addition for special teams.
Let's look at which players are still left on the big board.
Over at Draftek.com, they are simultaneously running their computer-generated mock draft. As a player is drafted, they are filling in each selection, but at the same time generating their ideas of who should be drafted for the rest of the draft, based on the remaining players. You can find a link to their final mock here.
Right now, here are their choices for the final six picks for Buffalo:
Pick at No. 105: TCU LB Tank Carder
Pick at No. 124: Oregon LB Josh Kiddu
Pick at No. 144: Michigan St. TE Brian Linthicum
Pick at No. 147: Miami, FLA WR Tommy Streeter (pictured)
Pick at No. 178: San Diego St. QB Ryan Lindley
Pick at No. 251: Mississippi RB Brandon Bolden
Out of the allotted 30 players that the Buffalo Bills are allowed to bring in for personal visits, 26 of them have already been drafted. So, being a math whiz, that leaves four players remaining that are still on the big board.
The quartet is: Michigan St. QB Kirk Cousins (pictured), TCU LB Tank Carder, Troy T James Brown and Alabama S De'Quan Menzie. You would have to think that if the Bills were that interested in all four of them to bring them in for a visit, there is a strong likelihood that the Bills will draft one of them if they are still available with the pick at No. 105 overall.
In fact, if any of the four are still available at No. 124, they could also easily be the choice to round out the picks for Round 4.
Chris Brown, lead analyst for the Bills at BuffaloBills.com, was discussing names available for Day Three. He highlighted a dozen players, so we will share those with you as well.
Alabama S De'Quan Menzie, Texas A&M CB Coryell Judie, Florida St. T Zerbie Sanders, Memphis T Ronald Leary, TCU LB Tank Carder, Wake Forest LB Kyle Wilber, North Carolina St. LB Audie Cole, Florida St. LB Nigel Bradham, Arkansas WR Greg Childs, California WR Marvin Jones (pictured) and Wake Forest WR Chris Givens.
If the Bills were to land at least two of the players from the above group, you would have to think that this will be considered another successful draft class for Buddy Nix and company.
Based on the experience he received from being the starting quarterback at Michigan State, I really like Kirk Cousins as the quarterback of the future for the Buffalo Bills.
The fact that the Bills brought him in for a visit is another factor why I think he could be their choice at No. 105.
If the Bills drafted Cousins, he can sit back, observe and learn from Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chan Gailey, while battling Tyler Thigpen for the backup QB to Fitz.
Cousins is 6'3" and weighs 205 pounds. He is the No. 6-ranked QB on the big board at National Football Post. They have him ranked above Brock Osweiler and Russell Wilson, two quarterbacks that have already been drafted. If the Bills are able to draft Cousins today, that would be a strong value pick.
Here is a link to his scouting report from National Football Post.
Ryan Lindley from San Diego State is slightly bigger at 6'4" and weighs 230. He is considered to be a sleeper QB candidate from NFL Network analysts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis. Here is the National Football Post scouting report on Ryan Lindley.
The remaining tackles of interest for the Bills include the following names:
Zerbie Sanders (pictured - Florida State)
James Brown (Troy)
Ronald Leary (Memphis)
Bobby Massie (Mississippi)
Nate Potter (Boise State)
Matt McCants (Alabama-Birmingham)
Brandon Mosley (Auburn)
Andrew Datko (Florida State)
Markus Zusevics (Iowa)
Levy Adcock (Oklahoma State)
If you want to see where West Bunting of National Football Post has all these tackles ranked, here is the link to his tackles rankings, where you can also see the individual scouting reports for each of these players.
Noting where the Bills wound up scouting Michael Jasper in 2011, it is very possible that the Bills know of a hidden gem tackle that is off the beaten path.
If Bills fans can't get behind rooting for a player with the name of Tank, then I don't know Buffalo very well. Tank Carder seems to be a logical pick for the Bills. They brought him in for a visit, so you know they already have a degree of interest in him. Carder is 6'3" and weighs 237 pounds.
During his career at TCU, Carder made 228 tackles, defended 23 passes, had 5.5 sacks, intercepted four passes, recovered one fumble and forced one fumble.
Other linebackers that are still available include: Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict; Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis; Oregon's Josh Kiddu; Nevada's James-Michael Johnson; North Carolina State's Audie Cole; Oklahoma's Travis Lewis; and Florida State's Nigel Bradham.
Out of the remaining six picks, you figure that the Bills will add at least one more player to the secondary mix.
Remaining options in the secondary are: CB Brandon Boykin (Georgia, pictured); S Markelle Martin (Oklahoma State); S George Iloka (Boise State); CB Leonard Johnson (Iowa State); CB Shaun Prater (Iowa) and S Trenton Robinson (Michigan State).
Here is the link for the National Football Post big board on cornerbacks and their scouting reports. We also wanted to include the link for the safeties big board at National Football Post. Here is the free safeties link, followed by the link for strong safeties. Obviously, I am a fan of the work done by National Football Post.
As things stand right now, the loudest reaction was probably a negative one when the pick of T.J. Graham was announced with the pick at No. 69. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock let out a noticeable gasp with the announcement, and then recovered to state that he had Graham ranked as a seventh-round pick.
That seems to be the only pick so far that can be deemed as somewhat questionable. The pick will turn out to be fine if Graham produces, but if he goes the way of Marcus Easley, who has still yet to play in one regular season game, then that will influence the way this draft class is viewed.
Overall, Nix sticks to his guns and takes the best player available. We can only hope that two or three useful players are acquired today in Day Three and that the Bills will add some decent depth to positions that are still thin in the ranks.
We would like to open it up to Bills fans to see who you would like to see the team draft today with their remaining six picks.
Thanks for checking out the presentation.