2011 NFL Draft: Complete 7 Round Mock for the Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills performed well late last season.
They have the potential to win 5-7 wins next season, an improvement to say the least.
The Bills defense have needs for a lot of positions on defense. Almost every position needs an upgrade, and with eight picks in the draft, they are in prime position to do so.
On offense, Chan Gailey must decide whether Ryan Fitzpatrick is really a long-term answer. The offensive line also needs upgrades.
So, here is a seven round mock for the Bills...
Round 1 Pick 3: CB Patrick Peterson
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I expect Nick Fairley and Da'Quan Bowers to be the first two picks respectively, and if general manager Buddy Nix holds true to his beliefs, he will take the best player available which is LSU's Patrick Peterson.
Peterson may be one of the best cornerback prospects in a while. Though he was not targeted much, Peterson still had four interceptions.
The 6-1, 220 pound Peterson can do it all. He excels in press coverage, but did run man-to-man and zone coverages at LSU.
In a few years, Peterson could challenge Darrelle Revis as the division's best cornerback.
Round 2 Pick 34: DE Corey Liuget
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Corey Liuget played defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme at Illinois, but can be a great fit playing the 3-4 DE position.
Liuget is big at 6-3, 300 pounds, and is fast enough to play the 3-4 DE, and take on multiple blockers.
He had a disruptive season with 63 tackles and five sacks, and could fit in on the defensive line playing with Pro Bowler Kyle Williams.
Round 3 Pick 68: OT Joseph Barksdale
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Joseph Barksdale was a great tackle for LSU, opening huge holes for the running backs.
Barksdale is very solid in both run and pass blocking, and at 6-5, 320 pounds, could be an elite left tackle in the NFL, provided he is coached well.
The Bills have offensive line troubles, and with the great pass rushing in the division, investing in a tackle is necessary for the Bills. Especially to protect whoever is under center.
Round 4 Pick 99: QB Andy Dalton
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At 6-3, 220 pounds, Andy Dalton has nice size for a quarterback.
Dalton is very accurate, posting a 66.1 completion percentage. He also threw for 27 touchdowns and just six interceptions, showing he is also very smart with the football.
Dalton can be mobile and throw on the run, a quality head coach Chan Gailey certainly values. Dalton ran for 435 yards and six touchdowns.
Though he does not have a huge arm, Dalton is very similar to Kevin Kolb, in that, both are smart and make accurate decisions.
Round 4 Pick 121: LB Dontay Moch
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You want to talk about an athletic freak, then you must talk about Moch, the most athletic player in the 2011 Draft.
Moch reportedly runs a 4.2 in the 40-yard dash, which is especially impressive for a 6-3, 248 pound defensive end.
Moch certainly can play the 3-4 OLB position opposite of Shawne Merriman, as Moch dropped into coverage in Nevada's zone system.
Moch had 64 tackles, nine sacks and one forced fumble.
Round 5 Pick 130: OG Lee Ziemba
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Lee Ziemba, a guard out of Auburn, struggled somewhat in the Senior Bowl, but there is still no denying his talent.
Ziemba is 6-6 and 320 pounds, and would be a steal in the fifth round, since he has potential to go from rounds three through four.
Ziemba is a much better run blocker than pass blocker, but he can certainly improve.
Again, there must be multiple additions to this offensive line.
Round 6 Pick 164: S Jeron Johnson
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As you can see by this picture, Jeron Johnson, the strong safety from Boise State, is a hard-hitter.
Johnson recorded 82 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble.
He is not much of a playmaker and lacks top speed.
With reports that Donte Whitner will most likely leave, Johnson could be a solid addition to the secondary and complement the rangy Jairus Byrd.
Round 7 Pick 195: LB Mark Herzlich
Mark Herzlich is a story everyone should be rooting for. Herzlich missed the entire 2009 season because he was diagnosed with cancer in his leg.
He came back this season, but did not perform very well.
He was slow in coverage and over pursued many plays. Herzlich also was caught up by many blockers, and was at times overpowered.
In 2008, Herzlich had 110 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, six interceptions and two touchdowns. If he declared for the draft then, he would have been a Top 15 pick.
Herzlich did post impressive interception numbers as he had four interceptions this season, but overall looked very poor in coverage.