The purpose of this article is pretty self-explanatory, I’m going to try and lay out an ideal fit at every position for the Bills heading into this week’s NFL Draft. Here’s the catch, the Bills only have six draft picks so to list 22 first round picks would be a bit unfair. So I’m only going to list six draft picks and the other fits will be players I expect to be Bills targets as UDFA’s. The reason for this is because I expect the Bills to be very active in the UDFA market. The Bills currently have a roster of 69 players and the camp limit is now 90. That’s 21 slots the Bills will need to fill next weekend.
QB-Geno Smith-West Virginia-1st Round
There is not a QB in this draft who is better suited to play in the fast paced quick decision and accuracy dictated offense that Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett will run here than Geno Smith. That includes former Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib who is talented but limited. If Smith is there at 8 it’s a slam dunk pick and one the Bills should make with plenty of time left on the clock.
RB-Orwin Smith-Georgia Tech-UDFA
I feel like a broken record but the Bills badly need a power based RB who can catch the ball out of the backfield and put an end to the era of Tashard Choice. It’s not that I think the Bills have a hole at RB but I do think adding a back like Smith who can run with good power and catch the ball out of the backfield could be a big pickup.
Speaking of backs who can run and catch, the Arkansas Razorbacks used Wingo as a traditional RB in their offensive systems. At 6’2, 231 lbs Wingo should move to FB in the NFL, he ran a sub 4.5 40 at his Pro Day and amazed scouts with his athleticism. He could be a matchup nightmare.
WR-Da’Rick Rogers-Tennessee Tech-2nd Round
The Bills WR group is downright sad right now but adding a big physical WR like Da’Rick Rogers could do a lot of to help take some attention away from Steve Johnson and open up space for TJ Graham.
TE-Ryan Otten-San Jose State-6th Round
Not a lot of talk right now about Ryan Otten but the big TE from San Jose State has soft hands and knows how to make big catches in traffic. Otten has the speed and route running ability to stretch the seam and could be a steal on Day 3.
OT-Ryan Schraeder-Valdosta State-UDFA
Schraeder was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award which goes to the best OL in Division II. Schraeder has light feet and good length but needs some technical work. He could turn into a nice depth addition at RT.
OG-JC Tretter-Cornell-5th Round
The NY native, Tretter is a prospect the Bills were rumored to be taking a little while now. He was an OT at Cornell but will likely slide inside in the NFL. He has the ability to play any of the three OL positions.
OC-Eric Kush-Cal (Pa)-UDFA
Kush had a very successful week at the East West Shrine Game and continued his successful offseason at his Pro Day where he showed excellent athleticism for an interior lineman.
With the Bills likely going to a 34 base defense it makes sense to add players from one of the most successful 34 defenses in college. Square is an ideal DE who knows how to hold the edge and plays an ideal 5 technique.
DT-Brandon Williams-Missouri Southern-4th Round
The big man from the MIAA conference was a dominant force in Mobile at the Senior Bowl in January and went from small school stud to mainstream name. His hype has died down some since the all-star circuit but he’s still got 34 NT potential or could play in a 43.
OLB-Cornelius Washington-UGA-3rd Round
Washington has been a player that I’ve been high on for a long time and have been adamant that he was misused at UGA in their scheme. He’s a big OLB who can run with the best of them and can put his hand down in a four man front and rush the passer.
McCabe is a tackling machine from the FCS ranks, he’s not the biggest or most physical player out there but he knows how to play angles and make the tackle. His wrap up technique is near flawless and he’s got above average cover skills when asked to drop.
The tall lanky CB out of Lane really made a name for himself during the all-star circuit at the Raycom All-Star Classic. He’s 6’2, 179 with sub 4.5 speed. He’s got some technique issues with his footwork but his hips are smooth and he explodes out of his backpedal.
FS-Corey Broomfield-Mississippi State-UDFA
The former CB turned FS, Broomfield is an ideal backup to Jairus Byrd. Broomfield has good range and knows how to close quickly when playing back in zone coverage. He does a good job watching the QB and anticipating the throw along with being a strong tackler.
The Bills will likely look for a big hulking SS who can play up in the box and make plays v the run. There aren’t many SS the size of McCoil who comes in at 6’4, 224. He doesn’t have great speed at around 4.6 but he’s already drawn some Kam Chancellor comparisons.
K-Zach Brown-Portland St-UDFA
Zach Brown, whose legal name is Zachary Rodriguez has been one of the most highly thought of FCS kickers for a long time. He went 7 for 8 in the Dallas Super Regional Combine missing only once. He went 6 for 6 at his pro day making two kicks from 55 yards out and put all 6 of his kickoffs out of the endzone. For the year Brown went 17 of 18.
P-Sam Martin-Appalachian State-UDFA
Martin ranked third nationally last year in total punting yards kicking the ball 2,755 yards. He averaged 45.91 yards per punt gross and also was a decent FG option going 7 for 10 this year. Was named an All-American but numerous outlets.