Somewhere in Orchard Park, NY, under lock and key, is the Buffalo Bills' draft board.
Buffalo's board supposedly ranks players based upon their grades, regardless of position. I tend to believe the team in this regard after it drafted C.J. Spiller back in 2010 with the ninth overall pick.
Was Spiller worthy of being drafted so high? Absolutely. However, no one expected Buffalo to target Spiller when the team had Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson on its roster.
My draft board will be a bit different from the way the Bills do things.
My top 10 prospects will feature players in multiple positions, but those who play in a position of need for the Bills will receive a boosted rating.
Following the top 10, I'll focus on positions that the Bills could look to update in the draft.
Running back and defensive tackle will not be featured as I feel Buffalo is content with the players currently on its roster. That's not to say that Buffalo won't look to add another running back or defensive tackle late in the draft, but it's far from a sure thing.
After much deliberation, I also eliminated offensive tackle and free safety. There is a lot of offensive tackle talent available in the first round, but Buffalo should feel good about having Cordy Glenn, Erik Pears and Chris Hairston. Zebrie Sanders is no sure thing to make the team, but Nix believes he could be a swing tackle. Please note that if Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson were the Bills' top prospect available, there is a strong chance they'd draft them.
As for free safety, the Bills franchised Jairus Byrd, and I believe they plan on signing him long term.
Each position will be given a top-five list, draft round projection and brief analysis.
Last, five sleeper picks the Bills should look at between Rounds 4 and 6 will be named and analyzed.
As per any Bills draft article, it's important to remember that the team does not have a seventh-round draft pick after sending the pick to Seattle for Tarvaris Jackson.
The big board and rankings will be updated daily based upon pro days, injuries and free-agent signings.
For example, Dee Milliner's ranking took a slight hit when the Bills announced they re-signed Leodis McKelvin on Saturday. McKelvin may be an average cornerback at best, but in bringing McKelvin back, the team can focus on other holes early in the draft.
That said, Milliner's rating could rise based upon other teams' free-agent signings. If the Miami Dolphins sign Mike Wallace in free agency, then Buffalo may make drafting a cornerback a high priority.
Disagree with my big board or positional rankings? Leave a comment and tell me who you'd add or how you'd rank the players!