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Buffalo Bills Pick-by-Pick 2014 NFL Draft Review

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Sammy Watkins was the most exciting pick of the draft class, but the Bills did a terrific job of finding value throughout the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills made seven total selections in the 2014 NFL draft. The team wheeled and dealed over the course of the three-day draft and added a wide receiver, three offensive linemen, two linebackers and a cornerback.

Buffalo’s aggressiveness in the first round shows that the team is in a win-now mode. The Bills have a clear objective this season: make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

The theme going into this draft was getting EJ Manuel help. On paper, the draft was a success. The team added the top wide receiver in the class while bulking up an offensive line that gave up 48 sacks in 2013. In addition to their draft picks, Buffalo also traded for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown, a player the Bills have coveted for more than a year. Manuel has all the weapons you could ask for.

We take a look at each of the Bills’ selections and assess how well the team did in addressing their needs and maximizing value.

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What Cyrus Kouandjio Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills began upgrading their offensive line by drafting Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio in the second round to play right tackle. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

After trading back from three spots from pick 41 and acquiring an additional fifth-round pick in this years draft, the Buffalo Bills utilized their second round selection, the No. 44 overall pick, on Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. With offensive tackle being a position of need entering the draft, Kouandjio provides instant competition for incumbent starting right tackle Erik Pears, and has the potential to unseat Pears and start in his rookie season.

The Alabama Crimson Tide entrusted Kouandjio to take over as their blindside protector at left tackle as a sophomore in 2012. He started every game since and fared very well.

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Buffalo Bills 2014 Second Round Selection: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ second round selection: OT Cyrus Kouandjio. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills have added more help for EJ Manuel.

After trading pick 41 to the Rams for pick 44 and pick 153, the Bills selected Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama.

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Day 2 Projections

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Derek Carr is still on the board on Day 2, but he shouldn’t be there for long. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft didn’t go nearly how I projected it would—in fact, only Jadeveon Clowney and Jason Verrett landed in both the team and pick slot that I predicted—but that hasn’t stopped me, apparently in a draft-induced state of lunacy, from updating my projections for all 68 selections to come on Day 2.

The draft only gets harder to project from here on out, especially with some of the enticing that remains on the board, but there are many team/player combinations remaining in the draft that make a great deal of sense.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Offensive Guards

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo is the standout guard prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Although it has only one prospect with a first-round grade, this year’s draft class of guards has plenty of players with the potential to become productive NFL starters. The value for guards always comes in middle rounds, and there is a great deal of talent to be had in that range from this class.

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