Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: 6-Round Predictions, Post-Scouting Combine
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The 2013 Underwear Olympics—otherwise known as the NFL combine—has come to an end.
Some prospects greatly improved their stock.
Look no further than Margus Hunt. The 6'8", 275-pound defensive end from SMU put on quite a performance.
In the 40-yard dash, Hunt ran an impressive 4.6. He also showed off his strength on the bench press. Hunt tossed up 225 pounds a total of 38 times. If you've ever seen Hunt play, he's not just a workout warrior. Heading into the combine, Hunt was looked at as a second-round pick. Now? There's a legitimate chance that Hunt is off the board on night one of the NFL draft.
Unfortunately, not everyone had the combine they had envisioned.
Damontre Moore, a fellow defensive end, took a real hit at the combine.
In the last month, Moore was in the discussion of being one of the first defensive players selected in the draft. Now? He'll have to have a good pro day to stay in the first round. At the combine, the 250-pound Moore could only bench press 225 pounds a total of 12 times. In the 40-yard dash, Moore finished with an unimpressive 4.95. The former Aggie stated that he tweaked his hamstring while running.
It's important to remember that the combine is only a small part of what teams look at when making their draft boards.
When Buffalo is making their draft board, they'll evaluate film, All-Star games and the combine.
Unfortunately for the Bills, the team cannot draft solely on value. Buffalo has plenty of holes to fill on their team, both offensively and defensively, so they have to address these needs. Buffalo only has six picks to work with at the 2013 NFL draft after trading their seventh-round pick to Seattle for Tarvaris Jackson.
Keeping all of this in mind, here is the Buffalo Bills' post-combine mock draft!
Round 1: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Dion Jordan is a perfect fit for Mike Pettine's defense.
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There were plenty of intriguing options for Buffalo at pick eight.
Buffalo is desperate for wide receivers, and Cordarrelle Patterson is likely to be on the board at pick eight. However, Patterson is a work in progress. He may have all of the physical tools you look for in a wide receiver, but it may take him a few years to really bring his game together.
If Geno Smith is on the board at pick eight, the Bills will be hard-pressed to pass on the top quarterback in the draft. Buffalo is desperate to find their first franchise QB since Jim Kelly retired.
Instead of addressing their offense, I believe Buffalo would be wise to address their defense in Round 1.
In 2012, the Buffalo Bills gave up 435 total points and 362.9 yards per game. To say their defense was woeful is an understatement.
For that reason, I have Buffalo selecting Dion Jordan in Round 1. Jordan is one of the top defensive players available in the draft, and he'd be a great fit as a hybrid player in Mike Pettine's defense.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Jordan showed off his athleticism, running the 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.6. He also showed off an impressive 32.5 vertical jump.
Draft expert Mike Mayock was impressed, according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com:
"When I see (Jordan) play, I see a raw Aldon Smith," Mayock said. "He needs to gain 20 pounds (to fill out his 6-foot-7 frame)."
Jordan pulled off these impressive numbers with a torn labrum. He'll have surgery soon to repair the labrum and will be ready for training camp.
Jordan is far from a safe pick, but his ceiling is extremely high. In his last two seasons at Oregon, Jordan had 23.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. His ability to create havoc on opposing offenses is exactly what Buffalo needs.
For that reason, the first pick of the Marrone era will be on the defensive side of the ball.
Round 2: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
The Bills will have their choice of a few QBs in round two. Nassib fits their offense best due to his experience.
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There are a ton of quarterbacks the Buffalo Bills could take in the second round. Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson and E.J. Manuel are a few players that I think could come in and immediately contribute for their teams.
Nassib's familiarity with head coach Doug Marrone gives him the edge over his competition.
In the NFL, you need to show results quickly if you want to keep your job. By drafting Nassib, the Bills and Marrone are selecting a quarterback with three years experience in his offensive system.
Mike Mayock sees Nassib as someone rising up draft boards following the combine:
Ryan Nassib is the guy that people are going to like a lot. He kind of reminds me a little bit of the ascension of Kurt Cousins last year, and the ascension of Andy Dalton the year before that. They were smart, tough and the more the coaches get involved, they see the kid's work ethic and how much he understands of the game, they're going to start to trust him. And with coaches, trust is a big thing and teams are going to trust Ryan Nassib.
He'll get on the board, and talk games, and talk fast protections, and coaches are going to really like Ryan Nassib. He's got good, physical attributes, not great but good, physical attributes and all the intangibles, toughness, intelligence, and work ethic. He's going to start to quietly climb boards between the combine and the draft. Outside of him, it's going to be hard to figure.
The Bills have already announced an open QB competition between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tarvaris Jackson. There's no reason to believe that Nassib couldn't throw his hat into the ring as well.
Round 3: Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
If you can get first round talent in the third round, you do it. Da'Rick Rogers is too valuable to pass up in the third round.
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Tennessee Tech wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers began his collegiate career at Tennessee.
Multiple failed drug tests and immaturity led to his dismissal at the school, which brought Rogers to Tennessee Tech.
Rogers has admitted that he was immature and has taken responsibility for his actions.
While there may be some character concerns regarding Rogers, his play on the field makes up for them.
Rogers is a dynamic athlete. In 2011 and 2012, Rogers caught 145 passes for 2,247 yards and 20 touchdowns. He exhibits great hands and is hard to bring down in open space. Rogers reminds me greatly of former Buffalo Bill Eric Moulds.
At the combine, Rogers ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, and his vertical jump was measured at 39.5 inches.
To Rogers' credit, he passed all 10 drug tests given to him during his time at Tennessee Tech.
In the third round, Buffalo would be hard pressed to find another wide receiver who could start immediately opposite of Stevie Johnson.
If Rogers truly has matured, then the Bills may be getting the best value pick of the draft.
Round 4: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
Leon McFadden has starter potential and can return punts. Good value in the fourth round.
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Leon McFadden reminds me a bit of Terrence McGee when he was in his prime. Most people remember McGee as being oft-injured and a liability in coverage, but in his prime he was a solid cornerback.
McFadden is undersized at 5'10" but he has plenty of speed. At the NFL combine, McFadden was timed running the 40-yard dash at 4.54 seconds. He performed pretty well among his cornerback peers.
On the field, McFadden is known for his speed and ability to play extremely well in zone defense. As a former wide receiver, McFadden has decent hands and does surprisingly well in jump-ball situations.
Due to his size, McFadden will have his struggles against larger wide receivers, but in the fourth round, he provides plenty of value.
In Buffalo, McFadden would also get an opportunity to return punts as they work him into their cornerback rotation.
Round 5: Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas
Chris Gragg's impressive combine may move him up draft boards, but injury concerns make him a possibility in round five.
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Following the injury, Bills GM Buddy Nix said that tight end is a position the team needs to address.
Chris Gragg of Arkansas is projected to go in the fifth or sixth round of the draft. After his combine, the Bills can only hope that he's available in Round 5.
At the combine, Gragg showed off incredible speed for a tight end, running the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. His vertical leap was 37.5 inches, which was the highest leap of any tight end.
At Arkansas, Gragg suffered multiple injuries, including a knee injury. However, at the combine Gragg showed that, when healthy, he can be a real weapon for a team.
Buffalo would love to add someone with Gragg's potential in Round 5.
Round 6: Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech
Uzzi needs some seasoning, but he has starter potential and will be available late in the draft.
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It's never a bad idea to try to add depth to your offensive line. This is especially true when arguably your best offensive lineman, Andy Levitre, is set to hit the free-agent market.
Let's be realistic. The odds of a sixth-round pick starting immediately are slim, but Uzzi has long-term potential at offensive guard.
Uzzi has plenty of starting experience at Georgia Tech, as 2012 was his third year starting as the team's right guard.
In terms of blocking, Uzzi was great in the run game. He's a very quick athlete for the position and could be a solid downfield blocker on screen passes to running back C.J. Spiller.
The biggest knock on Uzzi is his size. At 6'3" and 302 pounds, Uzzi can be knocked backwards from time to time.
However, in the sixth round, Uzzi has immense value as he has the potential to be an eventual starter in the NFL.