Friday, April 27, 2012

Why Stephon Gilmore is a sexy pick for the Bills

I had a conversation last night with my buddy @BobbySwoops18 right after the Bills took Stephon Gilmore.  He wasn't happy and argued that the pick wasn't sexy enough and that we should've gone for Michael Floyd the wide receiver out of Notre Dame...because touchdowns are sexy.  I can agree with him that touchdowns are indeed sexy.  I have little doubt that Michael Floyd would have caught a large number of them from Ryan Fitzpatrick, maybe enough that he could've adopted the LMAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" as a celebration song after he scored.  None of that matters since he is now a Cardinal and Stephon Gilmore is a BUFFALO BILL.   

Anyone who reads this blog, knows I was harping on my desire to see either Mark Barron or Luke Kuechly in Buffalo Red/White/Blue next season.  My buddy wasn't thrilled with either of those ideas, and I'm am sure his sentiments were shared amongst many of the Bills faithful.  The people had spoken and they wanted sexy and they wanted touchdowns!  Bills didn't get a shot at either as Barron went to Tampa Bay and Kuechly went to Carolina just one pick prior to our pick.  (I still have no doubt that if one or the other were there they would've sprinted that pick in the second they were on the clock).

So who was still there at 10?

We know that Michael Floyd was on the board when the Bills picked, as was Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright.  All but one left tackle prospect remained.  Oklahoma States Brandon Weeden was the only other first round graded quarterback out there, but a definite reach at 10.  Plus you had every pass rusher still on the board as well as the second and third rated corners.  Lots of sexy ways to go, yet the Bills went with South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore over them all.




Sexy pick and I know it...

Ok, so the kid gets drafted and neither he nor his family looked as thrilled as many in Buffalo thought he/they should be.  I am even kinda sort of convinced that he told Roger Goddell on stage that he "hates snow" or "hates the cold," but I am still looking for video confirmation on that front.  The twittersphere was abuzz with countless #happygillmore tweets about how miserable he was being picked by the Bills.  Seriously, the kid had been a Buffalo Bills draftpick for about five minutes and we were already feeling slighted by him.  I was right there with you, until hearing an interview on the Howard Simon Show this morning on WGR550.  Check out that link as well as the interview, the guys over at WGR due a much better job of telling you who Stephon Gilmore is then I ever could.  With all that being said, even when I thought he was mad because Buffalo drafted him, I still knew we had ourselves a great young player.



Sexy pick and I know it...

So why is the Stephon Gilmore pick sexy?  Defense wins championships and that is SEXY.  I know its cliche but I think it is true.  The additions of Mario Williams, Mark Anderson, (a healthy?) Shawne Merriman, and now Stephon Gilmore are going to lead to more possessions for our offense.  Chan Gailey is a great offensive mind and if you can give him, Fitzpatrick, Stevie Johnson, Freddy Jackson, and C.J. Spiller two to three more possessions at minimum per game; we are going to win a lot more of those games. 

Gilmore can do it all for you at the corner spot.  He will be given a shot to start right away opposite Aaron Williams, giving us two young dynamic corners and shoring up our secondary.  We got a playmaker and a potential starter with the 10th overall pick.  There isn't much more you can ask for...         







PLUS IT'S SEXY AND I KNOW IT!

Round 2 & 3 Mock Draft

Updated Mock Draft Rounds 2 & 3:

Round 2
33. Rams - Cordy Glenn - OT - Georgia - backup - Stephen Hill - WR - Georgia Tech
34. Colts - Reuben Randle - WR - LSU - backup - Amini Silatolu - OG - Midwestern State
35. Ravens - Peter Konz - C - Wisconsin - backup - Amini Silatolu - OG - Midwestern State
36. Broncos - Kendall Reyes - DT - Connecticut - backup - Josh Robinson - CB - UCF
37. Browns - Stephen Hill - WR - Georgia Tech - backup - Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi
38. Jaguars - Vinny Curry - DE - Marshall - backup - Courtney Upshaw - DE/OLB - Alabama
39. Rams - Lavonte David - OLB - Nebraska - backup - Janoris Jenkins - CB - N. Alabama
40. Panthers - Andre Branch - DE - Clemson - backup - Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan State

Now onto the Bills...
I think the Bills will have their choice of two left tackles in Jonathan Martin (OT/Stanford) and Mike Adams (OT/Ohio State), two wide receivers Brian Quick (WR/Appalachian St.) and Alshon Jeffrey (WR/South Carolina), as well as outside linebacker Zach Brown (OLB/North Carolina).  I think they could go a number of ways, but ultimately I think the pick will be...

41. Bills - Zach Brown - OLB - North Carolina 
w/ strong consideration to Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford & Brian Quick - WR - Appalachian State

While I think tackle is a need, I do not think they have to get one here.  Chris Hairston has earned the right to start for the Bills on the left side.  He does need competition at that spot, but the Bills do not need to draft a potential starter here.  I think Martin could start at left tackle, but I do not think he is an upgrade over Hairston at this time.  To me the most pressing need is outside linebacker and Zach Brown is the best on the board at this point.  He is a big (6'1"/244) athletic linebacker, who can run with any tight end in the league.  While the knock on him is he isn't overly physical, I think our new look defense could bring out the best in him.  Zach should end up starting for Morrison after a few games next fall.  Wide receiver would make sense here, however I think they can get just as much production out of a guy in the fourth through seventh round as a guy drafted here.  Receiver is a very deep position in this draft.

42. Dolphins - Alshon Jeffrey - WR - South Carolina - backup - Mike Adams - OT - Ohio State
43. Seahawks - Amini Silatolu - OG - Midwestern State - backup - Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan State
44. Chiefs - Kelechi Osemele - OT/OG - Iowa State - backup - Brandon Brooks - OG - Miami (OH)
45. Rams - Janoris Jenkins - CB - N. Alabama - backup - Brian Quick - WR - Appalachian State
46. Eagles - Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford - backup - Brandon Taylor - S - LSU
47. Jets - Brian Quick - WR - Appalachian State - backup - Brandon Brooks - OG - Miami (OH)
48. Patriots - Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan State - backup - Courtney Upshaw - DE/OLB - Alabama
49. Chargers - Trumaine Johnson - CB - Montana - backup - Josh Robinson - CB - UCF
50. Bears - Mike Adams - OT - Ohio State - backup - Brandon Thompson - DT - Clemson
51. Eagles - Brandon Taylor - S - LSU - backup - Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
52. Titans - Josh Robinson - CB - UCF - backup - Jayron Hosley - CB - Virginia Tech
53. Bengals - Courtney Upshaw - DE/OLB - Alabama - backup - Chris Givens - WR - Wake Forest
54. Lions - Jayron Hosley - CB - Virginia Tech - backup - Ronnell Lewis - OLB Oklahoma
55. Falcons - Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford - backup - Ronnell Lewis - OLB Oklahoma
56. Steelers - Mychal Kendricks - ILB - California - backup - Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi
57. Broncos - Brandon Boykin - CB - Georgia - backup - Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
58. Texans - Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi - backup - Ronnell Lewis - OLB Oklahoma
59. Packers - Lamar Miller - RB - Miami - backup - Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
60. Ravens - Ronnell Lewis - OLB - Oklahoma - backup - Chris Givens - WR - Wake Forest
61. 49ers - Devon Still - DT - Penn State - backup - Brandon Brooks - OG - Miami (OH)
62. Patriots - Casey Hayward - CB - Vanderbilt - backup - Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
63. Giants- Dwayne Allen - TE - Clemson - backup - Mitchell Schwartz - OT - California


Round 3
64. Colts - Alameda Ta'amu - DT - Washington
65. Rams - Chris Polk - RB - Washington
66. Vikings - Jamell Fleming - CB - Oklahoma
67. Browns - Zebrie Sanders - OT - Florida State
68. Buccaneers - Bobby Wagner - OLB - Utah State
69. Redskins - Mitchell Schwartz - OT - California
70. Jaguars - Chase Minnifield - CB - Virginia
71. Bills - James Brown - OT - Troy
w/strong consideration to Chris Givens - WR - Wake Forest

I had Brown going to the Bills in my initial mock.  Athletic swing tackle who could eventually push for a starting job in a few years.  Wide Receiver could also be an option here.  Very fast versatile receiver Chris Givens (5'11"/198) out of Wake Forest would be a welcomed addition to the Bills receiving core.
 
72. Dolphins - Brandon Thompson - DT - Clemson
73. Dolphins - Olivier Vernon - DE - Miami
74. Chiefs - James-Michael Davis - ILB - Nevada
75. Seahawks - Terrell Manning - OLB - N.C. State
76. Texans - Chris Givens - WR - Wake Forest
77. Jets - Jeff Allen - OT/OG - Illinois
78. Chargers - Brandon Brooks - OG - Miami (OH)
79. Bears - Trevin Wade - CB - Arizona
80. Cardinals - Donald Stephenson - OT - Oklahoma
81. Cowboys - Ryan Broyles - WR - Oklahoma
82. Titans - Tyrone Crawford - DE - Boise State
83. Bengals - Juron Criner - WR - Arizona
84. Falcons - Sean Spence - LB - Miami
85. Lions - Joe Adams - WR - Arkansas
86. Steelers - Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
87. Broncos - Brock Osweiler - QB - Arizona State
88. Eagles - Antonio Allen - S - South Carolina
89. Saints - Josh Norman - CB - Coastal Carolina
90. Packers - Phillip Blake - C - Baylor
91. Ravens - Isaiah Pead - RB - Cincinnati
92. 49ers - Omar Bolden - CB - Arizona State
93. Bengals - Derek Wolfe - DT - Cincinnati
94. Giants - Demario Davis - OLB - Arkansas
95. Raiders - Nigel Bradham - OLB - Florida State

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Should the Bills take Mark Barron at 10?

Last night, the web was abuzz with the rumor that the Bills may be targeting Alabama safety Mark Barron with the 10th pick in tomorrows draft.  As I stated in my post yesterday, if the Bills fail to get (or pass on) Luke Kuechly then the next logical choice based on value is Barron.  I currently have him ranked as the 7th best player in the draft:


1. Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
2. Robert Griffin III - QB - Baylor
3. Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
4. Matt Kalil - OT - USC
5. Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
6. Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College
7. Mark Barron - SS - Alabama
8. Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi
9. Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
10. Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina
11. Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma
12. David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
13. Dontari Poe - NT/DT - Memphis
14. Dre' Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
15. Melvin Ingram - DE - South Carolina
16. Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
17. Cordy Glenn - OT/OG - Georgia
18. Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
19. Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
20. Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
21. Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
22. Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M
23. Chandler Jones - DE - Syracuse
24. Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi
25. Courtney Upshaw - DE/OLB - Alabama
26. Kendall Reyes - DT - Connecticut
27. Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford
28. Peter Konz - C - Wisconsin
29. Shea McClellin - DE/OLB - Boise State
30. Amini Silatolu - OG - Midwestern State
31. Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
32. Mike Adams - OT - Ohio State


Mark Barron is an impact safety with good size (6'1"/213), speed (4.54/40 at pro day), with long arms (33 5/8").  He pulled out of the Senior Bowl and did not participate in the combine because of double sports hernia surgery (claimed he performed at the Alabama pro day at about 80-90%).  Barron was a three year starter for the Crimson Tide, former captain, two time national champion, and was a 2011 Consensus All-American.

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2008 Alabama SEC FR DB 9 7 16 1.5 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Alabama SEC SO DB 43 33 76 3.5 0.5 7 125 17.9 1 18 0 0 0 0
2010 Alabama SEC JR DB 54 21 75 3.0 2.0 3 6 2.0 0 9 0 0 0 1
2011 Alabama SEC SR DB 43 25 68 5.0 1.0 2 14 7.0 0 7 0 0 0 0
Career Alabama 149 86 235 13.0 5.0 12 145 12.1 1 34 0 0 0 1
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Generated 4/25/2012.

Opponents in the SEC had to keep their heads up with Barron on the field because devastating hits like this:



As illustrated by the videos below, Mark Barron is a complete safety who is comfortable in the box as well as in coverage. 








Mark Barron vs Luke Kuechly
In my honest opinion, the Bills will be deciding between either Barron or Kuechly come Thursday night.  If one or the other is chosen, their pick is bound to anger many of the Bills faithful because neither outside linebacker or safety is an obvious need.  There will be those people who call WGR550 to claim we should have taken the best wide receiver, tackle, quarterback, cornerback, punter, waterboy, etc.  Jerry Sullivan will pen an editorial on the Buffalo News to ascertain that we are once again headed in the wrong direction because we drafted the best player available, aka the wrong guy.  Let me assure those detractors out there that the Bills desperately need an upgrade at BOTH positions.

As it stands right now, the Bills have three safeties on the roster (four if you include hybrid safety/linebacker Bryan Scott) with George Wilson and Jairus Byrd starting at the strong and free safety spots respectfully.  Da'Norris Searcy is the current back up at both positions.  George Wilson is a team leader, a fan favorite, and is coming off a career year.  This is not an attack on the 31 year old converted wide receiver out of Arkansas, I think he is a solid capable starter.  However the truth is that New England's duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez torched us last season.  Gronkowski had 15 catches for 217 yards and 4 touchdowns in two games versus the Bills, while Hernandez had 7 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown in his only game against Buffalo.  Typically the Bills have used a combination of Bryan Scott and George Wilson against those guys with little success, with both guys being routinely outmatched by the bigger faster Patriot tight ends.  I feel that Mark Barron would be an ideal fit to lineup against either of those guys.  ESPN's Todd McShay breaks down Barron's tight end coverage abilities below:    



The Bills goal is to win the AFC East and to do that you have to beat New England twice.  That means you you need to take away their tight ends and get pressure on Tom Brady.  Their pass rush should be much improved this year with the additions of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, as well as a healthy Kyle Williams and Shawne Merriman.  They do not however have an answer for the Patriots tight end's.  Drafting Barron in the first round, would go a long way in trying to neutralize the Patriots dynamic tight end tandem. 

At the strong side linebacker position the Bills currently have 30 year old Kirk Morrison penciled in as the starter.  Morrison is coming off back to back down years, last year he managed only seven tackles and failed to get on the field for much of the season.  With that being said, he is merely a stop-gap not a solution think Andra Davis in 2011.  The cupboard isn't stocked behind Morrison either with the likes of "Brett Favre Killer" Arthur Moats, 2011 sixth round draft pick Chris White, and hybrid safety/linebacker Bryan Scott.  Clearly the Bills are in need of depth at the position and Luke Kuechly is the top linebacker in the draft by a wide margin.

Kuechly has Pro Bowl caliber potential and in my previous posts I have gushed about how much I would love to have him in a Bills uniform.  Like Barron, he has the size, speed, and coverage ability to match up against the top tight ends in the game. 

So once again it comes down to Barron vs Kuechly.  For my money Luke Kuechly is the better player and pick for the Bills at 10.  I think he offers more value in terms of the run game and plays a position of greater need, but not by much.  Either way I would be over the moon with either of these two picks.


I can't wait for Thursday night..
GET IT DONE BUDDY!
&
GO BILLS!
 

 




Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Recap

Yesterday I debuted my seven round mock draft, focusing on possible picks by my Buffalo Bills.  Now lets dive into a little more detail regarding those picks...

Here are my biggest areas of need for the Bills going into the draft:

1a. Offensive Tackle
1b. Strong Side Linebacker
2. Cornerback
3. Wide Receiver
4. Developmental Quarterback
5. Safety Depth
6. Tight End Depth
7. Defensive Line Depth
8. Special Teams Depth (Corners/Safeties/Linebackers/Runningbacks/Wide Receivers)

As it stands now the Bills have 10 picks (9 regular and 1 compensatory) in the 2012 draft in which to address those areas of need.  The picks are outlined below:

Round 1 - Pick 10th - #10
Round 2 - Pick 9th - #41
Round 3 - Pick 8th - #71
Round 4 - Pick 10th - #105
Round 4 - Pick 29th - #124 (From Ravens)
Round 5 - Pick 9th - #144
Round 5 - Pick 12th - #147 (From Seattle)
Round 6 - Pick 8th - #178
Round 7 - Pick 10th - #217
Round 7 - Pick 251st - #251 (Compensatory - Cannot Be Traded)

On to the picks...


Round 1/Pick #10 (no.10) - Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College
This pick will come down to what happens in the first nine picks.  At 10, Buddy Nix and the Bills will go for the best player on their board regardless of position.  There should be value at LB (Kuechly), CB (Gilmore, Kirkpatrick), OT (Reiff, Glenn), SS (Barron), and WR (Floyd).  I went with Kuechly because I have him as the sixth best player on my draft board behind Luck, RG3, Richardson, Kalil, and Claiborne.

Luke Kuechly

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2009 Boston College ACC FR LB 87 71 158 13.0 1.0 1 28 28.0 1 5 0 0 0 0
2010 Boston College ACC SO LB 110 73 183 10.5 1.5 3 31 10.3 0 6 0 0 0 2
2011 Boston College ACC JR LB 102 89 191 12.0 0.0 3 71 23.7 1 6 0 0 0 0
Career Boston College


299 233 532 35.5 2.5 7 130 18.6 2 17 0 0 0 2
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Generated 4/24/2012.

Luke Kuechly is a 6'3"/242 tackling machine.  His 4.58 seconds was the 3rd fastest 40 yard dash time of any linebacker at the combine.  Kuechly was a two time consensus All-American at Boston College and in 2011 he collected ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, the Bronco Nagurski Trophy (Best Collegiate Defensive Player), Dick Butkus Award (Best Linebacker), Ronnie Lott Award (Outstanding Player and Character), and Vince Lombardi Award (Best Defensive Lineman/Linebacker).  He is exactly the type of player the Bills need both on and off the field.  While MLB is his natural position, he has played and is capable of playing all three linebacker spots for the Bills.  With a good camp he could start right away at strong side linebacker.




There is a very real possibility that Kuechly is gone before the Bills pick at 10.  It would not surprise me in the least that the Panthers nab him at 9.  There is a scenario where the Jaguars opt to take Stephon Gilmore (CB/South Carolina) at 7 and Kuechly goes to the Panthers at 9, which would give the Bills a chance to take either Justin Blackmon (WR/Oklahoma State), Cordy Glenn (OT/Georgia), Michael Floyd (WR/Notre Dame), Mark Barron (SS/Alabama) or Dre' Kirkpatric (CB/Alabama).  If that happens the pick should be Mark Barron based on value, but I can see them going for Floyd over the others.


Round 2/Pick #9 (no. 41) - Jamell Fleming - CB - Oklahoma
Prior to this pick, I envision six corners and six offensive tackles taken in the first 40 picks.  If the Bills are truly serious about upgrading their LT position with an immediate day one starter they would have to try and trade back into round one to have a shot at either Cordy Glenn (LT/Georgia), Bobby Massie (LT/Mississippi), or Jonathan Martin (LT/Stanford).  I have no interest in either Mike Adams or Riley Reiff as I view them as RT's instead of LT's.  Personally I do not see Buddy Nix giving up the draft picks needed to move back into round one, with no tackles being worthy of the 41st pick they stay put and take their guy Jamell Fleming (CB/Oklahoma).

Jamell Fleming

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2008 Oklahoma Big 12 FR DB 11 12 23 0.0 0.0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Oklahoma Big 12 SO DB 8 6 14 0.0 0.0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 Oklahoma Big 12 JR DB 49 22 71 8.5 1.0 5 59 11.8 1 18 0 0 0 0
2011 Oklahoma Big 12 SR DB 50 10 60 4.0 0.0 2 23 11.5 0 12 1 56 1 2
Career Oklahoma


118 50 168 12.5 1.0 7 82 11.7 1 30 1 56 1 2
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Generated 4/24/2012.

Fleming (5'11"/206) is a future starter at cornerback, who is used to being put out on an island and asked to cover the Big 12's best wide receivers.  He will not have to start right away with there being a distinct possibility of four or five guys ahead of him on the depth chart, but could see playing time with injuries.   Jamell fits the mold of the kind of corners the Bills have been adding through the draft (see Aaron Williams).





I also entertain the idea that the Bills could wait and still get Fleming, possibly trading back into round two as the cost wouldn't be that high and we have extra 4th and 5th round picks to play with.  If they pass on Fleming here there are two wide-outs on the board worthy of this pick Kendall Wright (WR/Baylor) and Rueben Randle (WR/LSU).  I would pick Wright over Randle in this spot.


Round 3/Pick #8 (no.71) - James Brown - OT - Troy
The Bills have a variety of options with this pick.  They could go quarterback (Kirk Cousins/Michigan State or Brock Osweiler/Arizona State), wide receiver (Chris Givens/Wake Forest or Juron Criner/Arizona), or tackle (James Brown/Troy).  I have them going with Brown, who like the Bills first two picks made an official visit to One Bills Drive.  James Brown (6'3"/306) is a little shorter then you would like out of a LT, but has long arms (34 1/2") and big hands (10 1/4").  He gives the Bills exactly what they need out of a tackle, which is flexibility.  Brown can come in an compete right away and push Chris Hairston for the starting LT job, but eventually settle into the swing tackle role with the athletic ability to move inside in a pinch.




Round 4/Pick #10 (no. 105) - Kirk Cousins - QB - Michigan State

Kirk Cousins

Passing
Year School Conf Class Pos Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
2008 Michigan State Big Ten FR QB 32 43 74.4 310 7.2 7.1 2 1 145.7
2009 Michigan State Big Ten SO QB 198 328 60.4 2680 8.2 8.1 19 9 142.6
2010 Michigan State Big Ten JR QB 226 338 66.9 2825 8.4 8.2 20 10 150.7
2011 Michigan State Big Ten SR QB 267 419 63.7 3316 7.9 8.0 25 10 145.1
Career Michigan State


723 1128 64.1 9131 8.1 8.1 66 30 146.1
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Generated 4/24/2012.

Having Cousins slip to them at #105 is a dream scenario for the Bills.  It is my opinion that the Bills will be targeting either Cousins or Russell Wilson (QB/Wisconsin) in the middle rounds of this draft.  Both players embody what the Bills look for in a developmental quarterback:  They were three-plus year starters and team captains, leading there respective teams against high levels of competition and having success doing so.  Cousins (6'3"/214) gets the nod here because of value as I think you can get Wilson in either the fifth or sixth round due to his lack of height (5'11"/204).  Kirk Cousins is an accurate thrower, who could thrive in Chan Gailey's spread offense.  He has a little Ryan Fitzpatrick gun-slinger mentality too, which Bills fans should be excited about.



If Cousins is gone by this pick, I would go ahead and take Jarius Wright (WR/Arkansas) here or possibly even Tank Carder (LB/TCU), then take Wilson in the fifth round.


Round 4/Pick #29 (no.124) - Jarius Wright - WR - Arkansas 

Jarius Wright

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2008 Arkansas SEC FR WR 19 348 18.3 2 1 1 1.0 0 20 349 17.5 2
2009 Arkansas SEC SO WR 41 681 16.6 5 0 0
0 41 681 16.6 5
2010 Arkansas SEC JR WR 42 788 18.8 5 1 9 9.0 0 43 797 18.5 5
2011 Arkansas SEC SR WR 66 1117 16.9 12 0 0
0 66 1117 16.9 12
Career Arkansas


168 2934 17.5 24 2 10 5.0 0 170 2944 17.3 24
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Generated 4/24/2012.

Jarius Wright (5'10"/182) is a dynamic slot receiver who possesses legit 4.4/40 speed.  Wright would thrive in the short/intermediate passing game that Gailey utlizes in his spread offense.  His speed makes him much more then a possession receiver, Wright is a game changer and a deep threat with big play ability.  Plug him into the role vacated by the oft-injured Roscoe Parrish and wait for opposing defenses to scramble to cover him.





Round 5/Pick #9 (no.144) - Tank Carder - LB - TCU

Tank Carder

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2008 Texas Christian MWC SO LB 4 5 9 1.0 0.0 0 0
0 1 0 0 0 0
2009 Texas Christian MWC JR LB 51 38 89 10.0 2.0 1 15 15.0 1 11 0 0 0 1
2010 Texas Christian MWC JR LB 37 23 60 9.5 3.5 1 0 0.0 0 6 1 7 0 0
2011 Texas Christian MWC SR LB 45 25 70 4.5 0.0 2 95 47.5 2 5 0 0 0 0
Career Texas Christian


137 91 228 25.0 5.5 4 110 27.5 3 23 1 7 0 1
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Tank Carder (6'2"/236) the two time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, is a intelligent linebacker, who would immediately provide depth at the position and could be a valuable special teams contributor in his rookie season.  Could eventually develop into a capable starter due to his non-stop motor and high football IQ.  Plus the guys name is Tank!!     
   




Round 5/Pick #12 (no. 147) - Tom Compton - OT - South Dakota
Tom Compton is blessed with prototypical size (6'5"/314), long arms (34"),big hands (10"), and athleticism that NFL teams covet in a tackle prospect.  This three year starter at left tackle for South Dakota might not be technically sound enough to play right away, but has value to the Bills as a fourth tackle and long term project.


Round 6/Pick #8 (no.178) - Coryell Judie - CB - Texas A&M 


Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2010 Texas A&M Big 12 JR DB 29 28 57 2.0 0.0 4 31 7.8 0 8 0 0 0 0
2011 Texas A&M Big 12 SR DB 19 3 22 1.0 1.0 0 0
0 5 0 0 0 1
Career Texas A&M


48 31 79 3.0 1.0 4 31 7.8 0 13 0 0 0 1
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Generated 4/24/2012.


Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year School Conf Class Pos Ret Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD
2010 Texas A&M Big 12 JR DB 20 605 30.3 2 0 0
0
2011 Texas A&M Big 12 SR DB 8 201 25.1 0 0 0
0
Career Texas A&M


28 806 28.8 2 0 0
0
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Generated 4/24/2012.


Coryell Judie is an interesting pick in the sixth round.  He has prototypical size at 6'0/194 and has was clocked at 4.48 in the 40 yard dash at the combine, while tying for fourth best vertical (37") amongst the other corners.  A two year starter for the Aggies, he struggled in 2011 after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery in 2010.  Judie also has value in the return game.  I like this pick because if he can stay healthy, he could be a steal here in the sixth round. 




Round 7/Pick #10 (no.217) - Chris Owusu - WR - Stanford


Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2008 Stanford Pac-10 FR WR 5 80 16.0 0 0 0
0 5 80 16.0 0
2009 Stanford Pac-10 SO WR 37 682 18.4 5 12 66 5.5 0 49 748 15.3 5
2010 Stanford Pac-10 JR WR 25 396 15.8 3 2 32 16.0 0 27 428 15.9 3
2011 Stanford Pac-12 SR WR 35 376 10.7 2 2 78 39.0 0 37 454 12.3 2
Career Stanford


102 1534 15.0 10 16 176 11.0 0 118 1710 14.5 10
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Generated 4/24/2012.

Chris Owusu is another injury plagued player, who I feel the Bills could take a late round flier on.  Youtube is full of clips of Owusu getting knocked out and has a long history with concussions.  He has prototypical size at 6'0/196 and ran a 4.36 forty at the combine.  A dangerous player after the catch who can also contribute on special teams.  It remains to be seen whether the Bills would be willing to take a chance on a young man with so many medical red flags.  A very high risk/high reward pick.





Round 7/Pick #44 (no.251) - Adrien Robinson - TE - Cincinnati


Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2008 Cincinnati Big East SO WR 1 12 12.0 0 0 0
0 1 12 12.0 0
2009 Cincinnati Big East SO WR 10 174 17.4 1 0 0
0 10 174 17.4 1
2010 Cincinnati Big East JR WR 6 65 10.8 1 0 0
0 6 65 10.8 1
2011 Cincinnati Big East SR WR 12 183 15.3 3 0 0
0 12 183 15.3 3
Career Cincinnati


29 434 15.0 5 0 0
0 29 434 15.0 5
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 4/24/2012.

Let me preface this by saying that I do not think the Bills will draft any tight ends in this upcoming draft.  Adrien Robinson is not your typical tight end, having played mostly a split out/wide receiver role at Cincinnati.  He is a very green project type player, with incredible athleticism.  At his pro day he ran a forty yard dash in 4.51 seconds and had a vertical leap of 39 1/2" all while at measuring in at 6'5"/264.  Robinson could be a practice squad type player who could take a few years to develop.