Some time has passed since Buffalo Football Report’s first Buffalo Bills mock draft.
In case you missed version 1.0, you can view it here: http://www.scout.com/nfl/bills/story/1631322-bills-3-round-mock-draft-taking-chances
In just one month, plenty has occurred to make the first version look unrealistic. Jaylon Smith is still an option in round one, but the other two picks are longshots. Robert Nkemdiche’s character concerns don’t seem to have him falling drastically in any mock drafts so it’s unlikely that he falls out of round one. Last, no player has seen his draft stock rise more than Braxton Miller. The Ohio State product certainly won’t be available in the third round of the draft.
In version 2.0, Buffalo’s needs stay the same, but the Bills go about addressing them in a different order.
The Bills needs include, but are not limited to, the following: DL, LB, S, WR, OT, and backup QB.
Buffalo will look to address these needs while also going with the best player available. In early February, here’s a look at how the Bills may address some of their needs in the first three rounds of the draft.
1st Round (19): Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Rex Ryan has only taken an offensive player once with his first pick in a draft. That player was QB Mark Sanchez. The second time Ryan goes offense, it may be to find a complement for Sammy Watkins.
Although everything can be seen as a smokescreen this time of year, this line in Vic Carucci’s exclusive interview with Ryan makes me think that offense is definitely an option for the Bills in round one:
“Ryan acknowledged that the Bills might be more inclined to focus on offense in the draft, targeting a quarterback and perhaps a wide receiver, after using their top overall choice last year on cornerback Ronald Darby.”
Coleman doesn’t have great size (5’10”) but he does just about everything well. The receiver has tremendous speed that would keep safeties from shifting over to Watkins’ side of the field and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Coleman has also shown tremendous footwork and athleticism on the field.
The receiver can create with the ball in his hands and his shiftiness will lead to quite a few missed tackles. The biggest knocks on Coleman will be that he played at Baylor and that he had some drop issues. Coleman’s route tree wasn’t complicated at Baylor and he had 10 drops last season. That said, he’s the second best wide receiver in this draft class and his positive traits far outweigh the negatives.
2nd Round (49): Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
I don’t buy the first round hype on Fackrell, but he’s definitely a second round possibility. Fackrell is a terrific fit in Buffalo’s transition to a 3-4 defense and the popular comparison for the linebacker is Connor Barwin.
Fackrell was a tackle for loss machine (15) this year at Utah State. He finished the season with 82 total tackles, four sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. Buffalo would love Fackrell’s size (6’5”), ability to get after the quarterback and his coverage ability. In his career, Fackrell started three seasons at Utah State.
Fackrell’s age might be the biggest red flag on the linebacker in the draft. During the 2016 season, Fackrell will turn 25 years old, which is rather old for a rookie.
The combination of Jerry Hughes and Fackrell as Buffalo’s starting OLBs is a rather enticing thought.
3rd Round (80): Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
Kaufusi is another good fit in Ryan’s 3-4 defense. At BYU, Kaufusi showed tremendous ability to get after the quarterback and he was solid against the run. The defensive end looks the part at 6’7” and 281 lbs and he had a productive senior season. He finished the year with 11 sacks, six quarterback hits, and three forced fumbles for the Cougars.
Ryan will have his defensive ends drop into coverage at times, which is an area where Kaufusi needs work. Unlike Mario Williams, at least Kaufusi will be willing to drop into coverage.
Once compensatory picks are issued, Buffalo Football Report will complete full mock drafts for the Bills. Until then, what are your thoughts on Bills Mock 2.0? Would Corey Coleman complement Sammy Watkins well on the field? Are you okay drafting Fackrell in the second round, despite his age? Could Kaufusi step in immediately and contribute for Buffalo? Share your thoughts in the Rockpile forum!