BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot
Who will the Buffalo Bills select in this year’s draft?
You’re sick of mock drafts, I get it. That said, this is it, folks. We’re less than one week away from the 2014 NFL draft, so we’re in the home stretch.
Buffalo did a nice job of filling its roster holes in free agency. The team added talent and depth at offensive guard, inside linebacker, running back, special teams and in their secondary. The Bills also traded a sixth-round pick to add talented but troubled wide receiver Mike Williams.
With no glaring holes on their depth chart, Buffalo can truly go after the best player available in each round of this year’s draft. It’s been a long time since the Bills were in this position, but Buffalo’s roster is ready to compete and some of the final pieces can be added here in the draft.
Round 1, Pick 9: **TRADE**
The Buffalo Bills trade pick 1.09 to the Dallas Cowboys for pick 1.16 and 2.47
Round 1, Pick 16: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
I realistically mocked all of the picks from 1-15 before making this selection, leaving the Bills’ final options as C.J. Mosley, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Zack Martin. The offensive tackle from Notre Dame is rising up draft boards and is being mentioned as a potential surprise pick for the Bills at the No. 9 overall pick. As a Notre Dame fan, I can attest that Martin is a talented player who could play tackle in the NFL or really excel at guard.
However, if the Bills are truly going with the best player available, the pick has to be Mosley. The Alabama linebacker has outstanding instincts and is highly athletic. Mosley has the ability to play any linebacker role in Jim Schwartz’s defense in 2014. If Brandon Spikes leaves the team after one season, Buffalo would already have their heir apparent ready at middle linebacker.
Round 2, Pick 41: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
This isn’t the first time that I’ve mocked Moses to the Bills in round two. If there is a first-round run on offensive tackles, there’s no guarantee that he’ll still be on the board, but in this mock draft he’s projected to fall into Buffalo’s lap at the 41st overall pick, just like Cordy Glenn did back in 2012.
Moses moves extremely well for a player of his size (6’6″, 314 lbs), and he’d be the favorite to win the right tackle job. On paper, Moses and Cordy Glenn would make be a terrific tackle combination.
Round 2, Pick 47 (from Dallas Cowboys): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
After passing on offense in Round 1, the Bills should add offensive weapons in Round 2. At 6’6″, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a large receiving target. While ASJ does not possess the same level of athleticism as potential first-round pick Eric Ebron, he has better hands and runs better routes.
Seferian-Jenkins might not stretch the field, so to speak, but he’s an offensive mismatch in the red zone. Adding ASJ to Buffalo’s offense would add to an interesting Buffalo depth chart of tight ends that already includes Scott Chandler, Tony Moeaki, Lee Smith, Chris Gragg, Mike Caussin and Brandon Kaufman.
Round 3, Pick 73: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
The Bills could draft another 6’6″-standing prospect by selecting Kareem Martin in Round 3. Martin isn’t as ready to play as Oregon State’s Scott Crichton, a potential second-round selection at defensive end, but his ceiling is much higher.
Martin improved every year at North Carolina. He is very strong and generally has success pushing offensive linemen back. He is also very quick for his size. In Jim Schwartz’s defense, Martin could see significant time as a 4-3 defensive end in year one. The Bills would be hard-pressed to find more value than Martin at pick 73, especially considering the team’s need to add another defensive end.
Round 4, Pick 109: Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
I would have mixed feelings on this pick. Seastrunk wouldn’t be likely to see much playing time in 2014 unless C.J. Spiller or Fred Jackson gets injured. Even then, the team may be more inclined to give carries to veteran free-agent signing Anthony Dixon. That said, Buffalo clearly has interest in the position after hosting six running backs, including Seastrunk, for pre-draft visits. Their interest could be sparked by the fact that Spiller and Jackson could both hit free agency in 2015.
Seastrunk himself is an exciting back. He’s agile, can stop and start better than most running backs in the class and has big-play ability. Similarly to Spiller, Seastrunk depends on running outside of the tackles. Buffalo could rotate him in Spiller’s role this season when Spiller needs a breather.
One benefit of adding a running back this year would be that he would be ready for an expanded role in 2015 if Spiller and/or Jackson leaves in free agency.
Round 5, Pick 149: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
It’s probably not likely that the Bills will add so many of their pre-draft visitors, but Cockrell would be a strong pick in Round 5. Cockrell is a tall cornerback at 6’0″ and very physical. The cornerback has terrific ball skills that make up for his average athleticism. Cockrell would add solid depth to Buffalo’s cornerback position and would likely have time to develop his skills before playing immediately, much like Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks in 2013.
Round 7, Pick 224: Russell Bodine, OG, North Carolina
The Bills are projected to add a second Tar Heel to the roster with their final pick by selecting Russell Bodine. A very physical and athletic guard, Bodine is a developmental player that head coach Doug Marrone could work with on the offensive line. Bodine might struggle to make the 53-man roster, but Buffalo’s weakness at offensive guard could leave an opening.
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