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Buffalo Bills Draft Louisville G John Miller with No. 81 Overall Pick

Friday, May 1st, 2015

John Miller (No. 70) will be expected to immediately compete for a starting guard job in Buffalo. (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports)

John Miller (No. 70) will be expected to immediately compete for a starting guard job in Buffalo. (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If there was one position the Buffalo Bills absolutely had to address in this year’s draft, regardless of whether they were getting the best player available at the selection, it was guard. After having turnstiles at both the left and right guard position in 2014, the Bills’ starting spots at the position remain wide open.

That makes it likely that their third-round pick in this year’s draft, John Miller, will be a starter right away for the Bills in his rookie season. A four-year starter at Louisville, Miller should be up to the task.

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Buffalo Bills Draft Florida State CB Ronald Darby with No. 50 Overall Pick

Friday, May 1st, 2015
The Buffalo Bills used their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to add a cornerback. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills used their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to add a cornerback. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After a quiet first day of the 2015 NFL Draft for the Buffalo Bills, they kicked off their draft proceedings on Day 2 with the selection of Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby with their second-round pick, No. 50 overall.

Projected by some draft analysts to be a first-round pick, Darby has sprinter speed—he ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine—and has as much upside as just about anyone who was still available at this point in the draft. Whether selecting him with their first pick in this year’s draft was the right move for the Bills, however, is questionable.

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2015 NFL Draft: Day 2 Mock Draft Update

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Nebraska edge defender Randy Gregory should be one of the first players off the board in Round 2. (Photo: Jake Roth — USA Today Sports)

Nebraska edge defender Randy Gregory should be one of the first players off the board in Round 2. (Photo: Jake Roth — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The biggest surprise of the first round of the 2015 NFL draft is that it really wasn’t all that surprising at all. As most draft prognosticators expected going in, the top three picks off the board were Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Florida edge defender Dante Fowler.

All in all, I correctly projected nine of the first 18 picks in my own pre-draft, seven-round mock before closing out my first-round projection with nine of 10 players who are all still on the board heading into Day 2.

Momentum is clearly not on my side as I now re-examine my projections for the rest of the draft, but nonetheless, I have compiled an updated look at how Rounds 2 and 3 of the draft could play out, taking into account both my original predictions but also how the draft has played out so far and which players are still available with Thursday of the draft in the books and Friday of the draft on the horizon.

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Brian Krosky’s Buffalo Bills Mock Draft for Rounds 2-7

Friday, May 1st, 2015

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Thursday night came and passed as the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft came to a conclusion. The Buffalo Bills did not make a selection, having traded their first- and fourth-round picks in their move up for Sammy Watkins in last year’s draft, so they will make their first two picks of the draft Friday, on Day 2.

It’s imperative that the Bills get value in the limited picks they have this year. Here is a look, before they make their first picks on Friday, at how they could obtain that value with their six selections between Rounds 2 and 7.

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Dan Hope’s Final 2015 NFL Mock Draft

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Barring a stunning turn of events, Jameis Winston is set to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. (Photo: Phil Sears — USA Today Sports)

Barring a stunning turn of events, Jameis Winston is set to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. (Photo: Phil Sears — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The wait is finally over. After months of speculation about how the 2015 NFL draft will play out, the pieces will begin falling into place Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, when the first round begins.

If the pre-draft rumor mill is any indication, we are in for another draft full of surprises and unpredictability (per usual). While Jameis Winston is widely presumed to be the player the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will draft at No. 1 overall on Thursday night, the Tennessee Titans’ intentions for the No. 2 overall pick—perhaps selecting Marcus Mariota, perhaps selecting a non-quarterback or possibly trading down—remain unclear.

Ultimately, we will find out what happens at No. 2, and what other moves shake up the first round, in less than 24 hours from the time of this post’s publication. Nonetheless, I have taken my final shot at projecting how the top picks in the draft will play out.

These projections are a reflection of what I think will happen in the draft, and not necessarily a reflection of what players I would select at each respective pick. To see which players I would take first in this year’s draft, check out my Top 100 Prospects board.

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