I'm doing this mock draft because I think this could be where my favorite player in the draft ends up playing. Mr. Von Miller has been mocked to the Buffalo Bills by a few people and, if this is the case, the Bills will become a team I will follow closely over the next few years. The Buffalo Bills were absolutely horrid against the run last year, but weren't exactly tearing things up on offense either. This mock will concentrate on improving in those areas. Let me know what you think.
1st round (3rd) Von Miller OLB Texas A&M 6'3" 246
Von Miller is what I consider to be the best player in the entire draft. He plays very much the same way Shawne Merriman did when he was at his best. Miller will be a disruptive force on defense for a very long time in the NFL.
2nd round (34th) Ryan Mallett Arkansas 6'7" 253
Ryan Fitzpatrick shocked a lot of people last year with his surprisingly good play but, at age 29, he may only have two or three years left in the league. Many people also, understandably, believe that he won't be able to repeat his stunning performance.
He is, however, good enough to play at least one more year under center while Ryan Mallett learns the ins and outs of the offense. With a year sitting on the bench, Ryan Mallett will become a well-rounded quarterback who can come in and lead the Bills to the playoffs. He would also be able to come in immediately if something were to happen to Fitzpatrick.
Who do you want to see behind center next year?
I, along with many others, believe he is the best quarterback in the draft from a physical standpoint. The only question will be about his maturity and how much he cares about the game. With the first two picks, the Bills get what I consider to be the best player in the draft and the best quarterback in the draft.
3rd round (67th) Joseph Barksdale OT LSU 6'5" 325
Joseph Barksdale is one of my favorite tackles in the draft as he is very mobile and freakishly strong—probably better in the running game due to his size, strength, and mobility. He played defensive tackle in high-school and therefore has a lot to learn in the passing game and blocking schemes. This is a huge area of need for Buffalo and Barksdale could have the biggest upside of all the tackles in the draft.
4th round (100) Rashad Carmichael CB VT 5'10" 192
The Bills finished third in passing yards allowed, probably due to teams playing with a lead and running the clock out (much like in Carolina). Rashad Carmichael could be the next corner to join a long line of great players who have shared a backfield in Buffalo.
Carmichael is another player who I think has yet to reach his full potential and would not benefit any more than he would by landing with the Bills. With Von Miller applying the pressure up front, Carmichael could see a few picks come his way. He's also got great size for an NFL corner and could replace one of the aging guys they currently have on the roster.
4th round (122) Pierre Allen DE Nebraska 6'4" 273
The Bills had absolutely no pass-rush last year, finishing with just 27 sacks on the season. This is an area that must improve. It all started with the addition of Von Miller and continues here with Pierre Allen on the outside.
He is a little on the light side for your typical 3-4 defensive end, but he has the frame and athleticism to easily carry another 15-20 pounds. By choosing Allen, they get a player free of injury—unlike some of the other defensive ends in the draft.
5th round (133) Brandon Bair DE Oregon 6'6" 276
The Bills allowed an average of 4.8 yards per carry last year which was good for dead last in the NFL. This is another area that needs a lot of improvement. Marcus Stroud (32) is beginning to get up there in age and Spencer Johnson (29) isn't exactly a young buck.
There is no guarantee that Pierre Allen will be a great player, so adding another defensive end here increases the chances of hitting on one player or the other.
6th round (169) Charlie Gantt Michigan State TE 6'4" 252
There's no doubting Buffalo's need for an upgrade at the tight end position. Charlie Gantt is a great blocker who will improve the Bills' running game along with giving their quarterback a legitimate threat at the position.
Are you sold on C.J. Spiller?
This is probably a little earlier than some would think Charlie Gantt would be drafted, but tight ends who can catch as well as block are hot commodities in the NFL.
7th round (206) Taiwan Jones RB Eastern Washington 6' 194
I'm sorry guys, but I'm not sold on C.J. Spiller. He didn't look very good to me in the games he played in this year. He let the aging Fred Jackson out-play him and he suffered an injury during the year. For these reasons, I think the Bills must target a running back through the draft or in free-agency.
Taiwan Jones played at a small school but has been getting some attention lately. He could be a complete steal this late in the draft and provide the Bills with some security at the running back position.
7th round (237) Armon Binns WR Cincinnati 6'3" 204
Can someone please tell me what happened to Lee Evans? Is he still on the team? I'm not sure what happened to the guy but he seems to have disappeared. The Bills definitely have an up and coming star in Steve Johnson but it's not enough to have one great wide receiver in the NFL anymore.
Armon Binns stands at 6'3" and weighs in at 204 pounds. Over the last two years, Binns has amassed 136 receptions for over 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns. He would be great to pair with Steve Johnson and give Fitzpatrick and Mallett another target to throw to.
If Fitz (or Mallett), Spiller, Taiwan Jones, Steve Johnson, Binns, and Gantt can't move the ball, then something went seriously wrong somewhere.