BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot
The Buffalo Bills have been active in free agency, adding starters and/or depth at running back, tight end, offensive guard, linebacker, cornerback and special teams. The team might still be actively pursuing free agents, as evidenced by Kenny Britt’s recent visit to One Bills Drive, but any signings now will be few and far between, which should mean is adjusting its needs and determining who it should target in this year’s NFL draft.
Round 1: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
I’m not a big Mike Evans guy, but he is the type of wide receiver the Bills are looking for. A 6’5″ wide receiver with a 4.53-second 40-yard dash time, Evans is great in jump-ball situations and very aggressive on the field. He has a 37-inch vertical, so he can bring down passes that are off-target. He’s been compared to Vincent Jackson and as Doug Whaley told Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com in January, “big wins” at the wide receiver position.
Round 2: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Morgan Moses is a terrific offensive tackle, but he’ll likely fall into the second round because of some of the big-name linemen expected to go in the first round. Moses has terrific footwork and is enormous at 6’6″ and 314 pounds. He is an absolute mauler and moves well enough to get to the second level as a run and screen blocker. Also a strong pass blocker, the Virginia product would be an instant starter for Buffalo opposite Cordy Glenn, giving the Bills two strong, young starters to bookend their offensive line.
Round 3: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
The Bills signed middle linebacker Brandon Spikes to help with their woeful run defense, but he is only a temporary fix on a one-year deal. Shayne Skov could be a long-term solution to Buffalo’s problem. He has outstanding instincts on the field and plays an aggressive game. Known for taking on and shedding blockers, he’s strong in run support and could be eased into the lineup as a third-round selection.
Round 4: Jon Halapio, OG, Florida
A starting guard can be found in the middle rounds of the draft, and that could be what the Bills could get from Halapio. The former Florida Gator had some injury issues in college, but he graded out well on the field. A right guard at Florida, he could compete with Kraig Urbik for his starting job.
Round 5: Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford
Two Stanford products for the Bills? Absolutely. Mauro is an intriguing prospect who has the versatility to play in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive fronts. He plays with a lot of physicality and has improved each year as a player. He could fit the Bills as a 5-technique defensieve end.
Round 6: Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
Sunseri is strong in coverage and was a leader on the field at Alabama. Coming off of an ACL tear, he will likely be a late-round selection. Sunseri is good in run support and has good ball skills. At Alabama, he showed he could call out formations and read the quarterback’s eyes. Buffalo could ease Sunseri into its defensive rotation as he heals from injury.
Round 7: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
If Lyerla is available, Buffalo should take him in a heartbeat. He will likely be available late due to off-field issues, including an arrest for cocaine possession that came after quitting Oregon’s team in October. That said, Lyerla is a true first-round talent in terms of his on-field play. He is an excellent pass catcher, has speed and is tough to bring down with the ball in his hands. He is also a terrific blocker. In the seventh round, selecting Lyerla is worth the risk.
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