Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Version 1.0

The Buffalo Bills need to improve their offense. In mock draft version 1.0, the offense is certainly the focal point of the draft.

In the 2015 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills are going to have to do more with less. Last year, the team traded away their first and fourth round pick to trade up for Sammy Watkins. Buffalo later acquired a fourth round pick for Stevie Johnson, but that pick will be shipped to the Eagles for Bryce Brown

This leaves the Bills with a second, third, two-fifths, a sixth and a seventh round pick. Right now, pre-free agency and NFL combine, here is a look at draft possibilities for Buffalo. 

Round 2, Pick 50: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

The running back class in this year's draft is deep, but Tevin Coleman is too good to pass up. Coleman was the Indiana offense, yet most teams couldn't stop the back. In 2014, Coleman rushed for over 2,036 yards on 270 carries (7.5 YPC) and added 15 touchdowns.The NFL has become a running back by committee league, but Coleman is a true three-down back. He has good power and vision, can catch the ball, and is a decent blocker.  He may be the best running back fit for Greg Roman's offense in this year's class. 

Todd Gurley is another option if the running back falls due to injury. There will be plenty who believe that running back isn't a need, but Fred Jackson will be 34 in February and Bryce Brown will be a free agent after the 2015 season. Anthony Dixon is the only back under contract past 2015. 

Round 3, Pick 81: Lynden Trail, DE, Norfolk State

Lynden Trail is one of my favorites in this draft. Perhaps this is too soon for the DE/OLB hybrid player, but I believe he'll be a target in round three. Trail, 6'6" and 260 lb., is an athletic freak of nature that I think Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman will drool over. He has an explosive first step and is athletic enough to drop into coverage. Trail played OLB at Norfolk State, but translates better to a defensive end in the NFL. Trail may be seen as a project to some, but he'd be in a good situation with all of the talent around him on Buffalo's defense.

Round 5, Pick 129: *TRADE* Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington

The Bills have said that they'd explore every possible avenue for acquiring a quarterback. The free agent market is underwhelming, so the Bills trade their first fifth round pick to acquire Kirk Cousins. Cousins and E.J. Manuel will battle for the starting job in training camp. There won't be any better options in round five at quarterback, so the trade makes sense for the Bills.

Round 5, Pick 147: Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware

Recently, Greg Roman made a comment about possibly bulking up at the tight end position. Boyle would be a solid addition in round five for the Bills. Boyle has an impressive skill-set that was on display at the Senior Bowl. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network said the following on Boyle:

"He was playing fullback, he was tight end, and you can't find anyone to block at that position," former NFL scout and current NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "So he did a nice job."

Boyle's run blocking ability makes him an intriguing option for Roman's offense, but he's far from a polished product. From an offensive standpoint, Boyle needs work on route running and he lacks straight-line speed. 

Round 6, Pick 178: Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas

The Bills are looking for a big wide receiver who can high point a football and be a red zone target. Dezmin Lewis can fit this role for the Bills in round six. Lewis stands at 6'4" and could complement Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods in time. Lewis has good hands and is a decent blocker as well. In round six, you hope to find a diamond in the rough. Lewis has the potential to be a draft steal down the road.

Round 7, Pick 209: Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson

It's not a Buffalo Bills draft without a Clemson player! Anthony would be a good developmental player in Buffalo's 3-4 defense. As a seventh round pick, Anthony wouldn't be expected to contribute on defense, but he could see time on special teams. Anthony looks the part in terms of being an ILB and is a pretty sure tackler. He plays a bit stiff, but in round seven you're looking to add depth. Anthony can certainly contribute down the line as a reserve linebacker.


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