1(19) **TRADE** Buffalo sends 1(19) to the Tennessee Titans for 2(33) and 2(45)
2(33) Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
Where he fits: Safety
Notes: Buffalo’s need for a safety is more pressing than you’d think. Aaron Williams’ neck injury is worrisome and Corey Graham struggled at the end of the 2015 season. The Bills added Robert Blanton in free agency but they could use an impact safety. That’s exactly what Joseph brings to the table.
He’s a big hitter and would just add to Buffalo’s young and talented secondary.
At West Virginia, Joseph registered 274 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, two sacks, nine interceptions, seven passes defensed, five fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles. He was a former team captain with the Mountaineers and is strong in pass coverage and against the run.
2(45) Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Where he fits: Third WR
Although I’m not buying the report that the Bills are eyeing bigger wide receivers in the first round, they’d certainly entertain adding Thomas at pick 45. Robert Woods is entering the final year of his rookie contract and the team needs to find a player who can complement Sammy Watkins for years to come. Thomas could easily win the third wide receiver job as a rookie and play a big role as a red zone target for Tyrod Taylor.
The Bills are a run-first team and their pass attempts will most likely be among the lowest in the league in 2016, but there’s too much talent to pass up on in Thomas.
Thomas, 6’3”, is coming off of a season in which he caught 56 passes for 781 yards and nine touchdowns.
Thomas’ teammate, Braxton Miller, could also be in play with this pick.
2(49) Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri
Where he fits: Inside linebacker depth/eventual starter
Adding Zach Brown in free agency allows the Bills to pass on adding an inside linebacker with their first two picks in the second round, but adding Brothers makes plenty of sense here. Brown is only signed to a one-year deal with the Bills and Buffalo’s depth behind Zach and Preston Brown is shaky at best.
Brothers’ 40-time (4.89) was disappointing, but the linebacker showed good instincts in his career with the Tigers and had a very productive career. In his career, he registered 357 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, five interceptions, 11 passes defensed, and four forced fumbles.
The Bills would feel better about their depth after adding Brothers.
3(80) Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
Where he fits? Defensive end
Kaufusi is one of the oldest prospects in the draft (25 at the start of the season), but he’s also one of the most talented 3-4 defensive ends in this year’s draft class.
As PFF stated, Kaufusi is strong against the run and can be very productive as a pass-rusher. His massive size, 6’6” and 281 pounds, and speed (4.87 40-yard dash) makes him quite an intriguing prospect. Last year, Kaufusi registered 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss with the Cougars.
4(117) Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
Where he fits? Backup QB
There’s a chance that Hogan is off the board at this point, but the Bills wait it out and get lucky enough to have Hogan fall into their laps. He doesn’t have ideal arm strength but it’s good enough to survive in Buffalo. The team has shown quite a bit of interest in Hogan leading up to the draft and his knowledge of Greg Roman’s offense would help him in case he needs to see the field sooner rather than later.
If Buffalo wants to add a quarterback with a skill-set similar to Tyrod Taylor, their current starter, Dak Prescott could be an option at pick 139.
4(139) Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
Where he fits? OT competition
Offensive tackle is another need that the Bills have to consider addressing. There’s uncertainty surrounding Seantrel Henderson’s health, as well as the effectiveness of Jordan Mills and Cyrus Kouandjio.
Beavers could come in and eventually compete for the starting job. Realistically, Beavers would serve as depth as a rookie. Beavers, 6’5” and 321 pounds, has good size for an NFL offensive tackle and his athleticism has been praised. The tackle started three seasons with Western Michigan and could develop into a starting tackle in the NFL. In a weak offensive tackle class, Beavers would be worth taking at this point.
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) James Cowser, OLB, Southern Utah
Where he fits: Outside linebacker depth/special teams
Cowser was the FCS Defensive Player of the Year. In his career at Southern Utah, Cowser became the FCS's all-time career leader in sacks and tackles for loss. He registered 43 career sacks and 80 tackles for loss in his career with the Thunderbirds.
In the NFL, Cowser will play OLB in a 3-4 defense. At this point in the draft, the Bills could take a chance on Cowser. He certainly has the upside to potentially start in the NFL.
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.