The Buffalo Bills held their pre-draft luncheon on Wednesday. Doug Whaley and company didn’t reveal anything that Bills fans didn’t already know, but as the draft approaches, it’s time for another mock draft. Here’s a look at the Bills Mock Version 6.0.
1(19) Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
Where he fits: Edge rusher and inside linebacker.
Notes: Floyd is a real movable chess piece that the Bills could utilize in their defense. Rex Ryan attended Floyd’s Pro Day and the team has brought Floyd in for a pre-draft visit.
In three seasons at Georgia, Floyd had 182 total tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, four passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
2(49) Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
Where he fits: 3-4 DE.
My first mock draft had Nkemdiche falling to the Bills in the second round and some called it preposterous. Come next week, this pick could look foolish but there are certainly more draft analysts who are admitting that Nkemdiche may fall to the second round.
If Nkemdiche falls this far, he’s worth the risk. Nkemdiche would have the chance to make an impact right away with Buffalo in 2016 at defensive end. Although there are red flags involved, Nkemdiche’s athleticism and flashes of dominance is too good to pass up for the Bills.
3(80) Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
Where he fits? Backup QB.
The Jones pick has been very unpopular among Bills fans and seeing him go one round earlier won’t make them any happier. That said, at least three QBs are going to get drafted in the first round and there could be a run on QBs in the second round as well. By the third round, the Bills need to take their QB. At the pre-draft luncheon, Buffalo noted that arm strength is something they covet in a QB and Jones has one of the best arms in the draft.
From the last mock: At Ohio State’s Pro Day, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and QBs coach David Lee watched Jones closely and he was recently in Buffalo with five teammates for a pre-draft visit.
In Buffalo, Jones could sit behind Tyrod Taylor while learning Roman’s offense. In terms of positives, Jones is athletic, has a rocket for an arm, and has the size you look for in QB (6’5”, 250 pounds). He has the arm strength to throw the ball in Buffalo’s elements.
The biggest knock on the QB is his accuracy. This may make Bills fans think of EJ Manuel, but the Bills aren’t looking at Jones in the first round. In round four, Jones is a project quarterback that Buffalo can develop.
4(139) K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia
Where he fits? Safety depth
Dillon is a fine prospect but most draft analysts are talking about his teammate and fellow safety, Karl Joseph. He’s a hard hitter who fares well in run defense and pass defense. The safety has good size and can come in on a rotational basis as a rookie. The team certainly needs depth behind Aaron Williams and Corey Graham. By 2017, Dillon could start for Buffalo.
4(117) Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
Where he fits? Third WR competition
From the previous mock draft: Mitchell is a personal favorite at wide receiver and could be a steal in round four. The receiver, 6’0” and 198 pounds, is coming off of a season where he caught 58 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns. He showed blazing speed running a 4.45 40-yard dash and showed that he’s a pretty good route runner at Georgia.
Behind Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, the Bills have a lot of question marks. Mitchell could realistically come in and immediately compete for the third wide receiver job.
5(156) James Bradberry, CB, Samford
Where he fits: Cornerback depth
From a previous mock draft: Bradberry’s size (6’1”) stands out instantly. He has long arms (33 3/8”) and used the press technique often at Samford. He’s a physical cornerback and is worth a shot in round five.
There are questions about the competition Bradberry faced at Samford and some scouts believe he’d be better as a safety in the NFL.
Best case scenario? Bradberry proves he can fill in as a valuable depth at cornerback for the Bills. Worst case scenario? He’s moved to safety.
6(192) Antonio Morrison, LB, Florida
Where he fits: Inside linebacker competition
From the previous mock draft: Morrison made an incredible recovery from a knee injury to play with the Gators in 2015. This year, Morrison recorded 96 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 11 tackles for loss. He looks like a two-down linebacker in the NFL, but based on Buffalo’s depth, Morrison could compete for playing time as a rookie.
Although Floyd can play inside linebacker, Buffalo needs further depth after releasing Tony Steward and having A.J. Tarpley retire.
6(218) Darrell Greene, OG, San Diego State
Where he fits: Guard depth
From the previous mock draft: The Bills need some depth at offensive guard and in round six, Greene is a good choice. Look at scouting reports on Greene, and you’ll see words like “mauler” and “brawler.” On the field, Greene did a great job opening running lanes. He’s the type of player that Buffalo would love to add to their line, even if it is as a reserve.
One reason Greene could be had at this point in the draft is due to the fact that he failed a drug test at San Diego St.