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

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

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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Options to Fill the Buffalo Bills’ Top Five Draft Needs

April 29th, 2015
If the Buffalo Bills seek to draft a defensive end on Day 2, Stanford's Henry Anderson could be a realistic option. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills seek to draft a defensive end on Day 2, Stanford’s Henry Anderson could be a realistic option. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The Buffalo Bills enter the 2015 NFL Draft with a new regime, with Rex Ryan in as head coach, Greg Roman as the new offensive coordinator and Dennis Thurman as the new defensive coordinator.

Last year in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills traded up to No. 4 overall from No. 9 overall, swapping picks with the Cleveland Browns, and took Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. In exchange for No. 4, the Bills gave back No. 9 as well as their first-round pick (No. 19 overall) and fourth-round pick (No. 115 overall) in this year’s draft.

Without those picks, the Bills are going to miss out on a potential starter and another player who could be a potential starter or rotational player. That makes it much more important for them to hit on the few picks that they have.

While it is obvious that the Bills have a need for a starting quarterback, they already have a three-man competition for the starting position. EJ Manuel was drafted in the first round in 2013 to be the franchise signal-caller, but the jury is still out on him. Meanwhile, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor both were brought in to challenge Manuel for the starting spot.

With a huge drop after the top two quarterbacks in this class, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, it’s tough to see a scenario where the Bills draft a quarterback to compete with the three already on their roster, and find one that offers more starting potential then they already have. Bills are in a “win-now” mentality with their roster, and drafting a raw quarterback in day two or three of the draft won’t solve those issues.

With that said, here’s a look at the Bills’ top five other positions of need and what players they could target for those positions, depending on when in the draft they decide to address each need.

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Dan Hope’s Top 100 Prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

April 28th, 2015
Leonard Williams is the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 NFL draft class. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Leonard Williams is the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 NFL draft class. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Although some consider the 2015 NFL draft class to be weak, there are still plenty of talented players to be had. While the critics are right to some extent—the top prospects in last year’s draft were superior to the top players this year, and the overall depth of the class does not offer as much NFL-ready talent—there are still plenty of prospective draft picks with the skills to immediately make NFL teams better and/or the potential to develop into future stars.

In the following “big board”—my final rankings for the 2015 draft—I take a look at who I consider to be the best of the best available for selection in this year’s draft, which begins Thursday.

The following rankings do not ultimately reflect the order in which each player to be drafted; there are multiple players likely to be top-100 picks who did not make the cut for my list, and vice versa. That said, if I were calling the shots in an NFL draft room, the following rankings are the order in which I would seek to target prospects for my team, depending on how each prospect fit that team’s needs, schemes and philosophies.

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Brian Krosky’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings (Defense)

April 28th, 2015
Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The 2015 NFL Draft begins Thursday, and teams are finalizing their respective boards to determine which players can help them most going forward.

The following rankings, broken up by positions, project how well the skills of each defensive player (See also: Offensive player rankings) in this year’s class will translate to the next level. These rankings reflect my opinions on who the best players are at each position in the draft, and do not intend to be predictive of where each player will be drafted.

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