It’s almost that time of year, when owners, coaches, general managers, and the rest of the front office lock themselves in a room and heavily debate which players to draft to improve the team. This room is called the “War Room” for a reason. Everyone in this room is heavily opinionated and has become attached to a prospect that they don’t believe the team can do without.
In this segment, we will put ourselves in the war room and go over the picks we believe teams need to make when they’re on the clock. We’ll cover all 32 teams, but today’s segment is dedicated to the: Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo is one of many teams who could look at a quarterback in the draft. They own the third overall pick, seemingly giving them a good shot at landing a stud passer, but unless Cam Newton is available (many believe Carolina will nab him with the first pick) Buffalo is largely expected to look for a passer in another round. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t a bad quarterback, but he’s not the future at the position. Expect Buffalo to look at the second round quarterbacks or pick one in a later round. Other needs on offense include tackle, wide receiver and tight end.
Largely expected to be the Bills’ first round selection is Von Miller at rush linebacker. The Bills need to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks and the defensive front seven should get a lot of attention in this year’s draft. The Bills need to find players capable of rushing the passer and those capable of stopping the run, or preferably both. The secondary could also get a little attention at some point in the draft, but the front seven should be the biggest concern this year on the defensive side of the ball.
Buffalo Bills Mock Draft
Round 1 (#3): Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M Aggies: I’m sticking with the popular notion that Buffalo looks to upgrade its pass rush with the best pass rusher in this year’s draft class. Miller recorded 11 sacks in 2010 and in 2009 led the nation with 17. If Newton falls to Buffalo at #3, it’ll be very interesting to see what they decide.
Round 2 (#34): Andy Dalton, QB, TCU Horned Frogs: Chan Gailey recently told The Fan 590 in Toronto that, “It’s decision making and accuracy” that matter most when evaluating quarterbacks. Some believe that mobility plays a larger role in Gailey’s evaluations of quarterbacks, but his recent comments indicate that he wouldn’t sacrifice accuracy and decision making for mobility. Dalton has mobility and he’s a good decision maker with a 66.1% completion percentage a year ago.
Round 3 (#68): James Brewer, OT, Indiana Hoosiers: The Bills need to address the tackle position this year. If they don’t go tackle with one of their first two picks, they’ll almost certainly do so in the third round.
Round 4 (#100): Jarvis Jenkins, DE/DT, Clemson Tigers: Jenkins could be gone by the fourth round, but if he’s available he could be a good fit at defensive end for the Bills’ 3-4 alignment.
Round 4 (#122) from Seattle Seahawks: Virgil Green, TE, Nevada Wolf Pack: Green was a beast at the Combine and would give Buffalo a dynamic tight end in the passing game.
Round 5 (#133): Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado Buffaloes: Brown has been kind of buried by teammate Jimmy Smith, who’s projected as a first or second rounder. Brown could be drafted as high as the third round, but he’s likely a mid-round pick in the fourth of fifth round. Buffalo could use a little help in the secondary.
Round 6 (#169): Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina Gamecocks: The Bills need help at receiver despite the emergence of Steve Johnson, who racked up over 1,000 yards last season. Lee Evans missed the last three games of the year, but still only came away with 578 yards. Adding a tall receiver like Gurley could help to diversify the Buffalo receiving corps.
Round 7 (#206): Alex Albright, OLB, Boston College Eagles: The Bills could look to add another pass rusher in this draft. Albright ran a 1.60 ten-yard split in his forty at the Combine.
Round 7 (#247) compensatory: Alex Wujciak, ILB, Maryland Terrapins: Buffalo could search for an upgrade at inside linebacker. Wujciak was productive in college, coming away with 133 tackles in ’08, 122 in ’09 and 99 in ’10.
That’s how it played out in our Mock of the Buffalo Bills “War Room”