With today’s victory over the New York Jets the Buffalo Bills will officially pick 8th in 2013 NFL Draft. Going into the game the Bills were picking 6th so the win cost us a net of two picks. This will be the 6th consecutive draft where the Bills have a first round pick inside the Top 12.
Here is the official wish list as it stands today. With Free Agency still pending these are needs that may change:
Ryan Fitzpatrick is done, there is no need for further discussion on this
TJ Graham lead the entire NFL in drop percentage (12.73%) for any WR with more than 30 targets and he’s just not a guy you think of traditionally as an outside WR. The Bills need to add a big and athletic threat that can get vertical and give defenses match-up issues.
The Mark Anderson experiment was a disaster this year. He’s better in the pass rush specialist role and since we signed him to pressure the QB there is no need to not let him do it. This issue can wait till Day 2 or 3 but we need to find a nice strong side DE who can play with leverage and control the point of attack.
No matter if we stay in a 43 or switch to a 34 our entire LB core needs to be re-worked. As it stands right now I would say only Nigel Bradham has a spot on next year’s team and after him nobody is locked into a spot.
Kelvin Sheppard just isn’t getting the job done on the interior. We need to find a instinct based interior LB who can get downhill and attack the line of scrimmage.
We saw this year that Aaron Williams just isn’t going to cut it as the starting CB opposite Stephon Gilmore. While many have high hopes for Ron Brooks there isn’t anything wrong with adding some competition.
With the news that Jarius Byrd is getting closer to signing a new contract the Bills will need to turn their attention to the other safety position and try and find a replacement for George Wilson who looks like he has lost a step.
As the Bills turn towards next April and the NFL Draft here is our current Top 15 (Seniors and Declared Juniors only):
1. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
2. QB Tyler Wilson-Arkansas
3. DT Sheldon Richardson-Missouri*
4. ILB Manti Te’o-Notre Dame
5. OG Chance Warmack-Alabama
6. DT Star Lotulelei-Utah
7. WR Keenan Allen-Cal*
8. DT Johnathan Hankins-Ohio State*
9. CB Johnthan Banks-Mississippi State
10. DE Ezekial Ansah-BYU
11. OG Barrett Jones-Alabama
12. OT Eric Fisher-Central Michigan
13. SAF Kenny Vaccaro-Texas
14. WR Tavon Austin-West Viriginia
15. WR Da’Rick Rogers-Tennessee Tech*
UPDATE: We’ve added the Bills 1st, 2nd and 3rd Round pick number to our 2013 Draft Picks Page!