Nate Geary's Buffalo Football Report NFL Mock Draft 2.0

The Bills address the defense in Nate Geary's second mock draft.

1.       Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee) – Jared Goff – QB, California

Most reports indicate Goff is the consensus here but the Rams won’t announce the pick until they’re on the clock. Goff is the guy.


2.       Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland) – Carson Wentz – QB, North Dakota State

The Eagles get their guy and it wouldn’t shock me if they found their way back into the end of the first round by trading Sam Bradford.


3.       San Diego Chargers – DeForest Buckner – DE, Oregon

The Chargers will have to determine where they have a bigger need: CB or DL. They choose DL and get a monster to bolster their defense which ranked 29th last season.


4.       Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott – RB, Ohio State  

Jerry Jones will have a tough time leaving Ohio State DE Joey Bosa on the board here but he chooses to take the most dynamic runner to come out since Adrian Peterson. A big get for the Cowboys in a deep defensive draft.


5.       Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack – LB, UCLA

In an interesting pick with each of the top tackles still on the board, the Jags will value bolstering their defense instead of spending another top pick on an offensive lineman.


6.       Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil – OT, Ole Miss

A run on defensive players allows for the top offensive tackle in the draft to drop right into the Ravens lap.


7.       San Francisco 49ers – Jalen Ramsey – CB, Florida State

Somehow Jalen Ramsey falls to the 49ers and there’s no way they can pass him up even with only one tackle off the board to this point. Th ebest player remaining goes to Chip Kelly.


8.       Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia) – Joey Bosa – DE, Ohio State

The Browns have a lot of holes to fill in this draft, so they could potentially trade back again to acquire as much talent as possible. If Bosa indeed falls to them, it makes it much harder to trade back. Cleveland stays at 8 and takes the best available.


9.       Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves – CB, Florida

The Bucs were flat out terrible against the pass. Best way to help a young QB? Stop making him play from behind.


10.   New York Giants – Ronnie Stanley – OT, Notre Dame

Ezekiel Elliott is off the board and to this point, offensive tackles have slid. Take the guy that will keep Eli upright.


11.   Chicago Bears – Leonard Floyd – OLB, Georgia

Tough call with Conklin still on the bored, but they need help with their pass rush. Floyd gives them an immediate boost at an immediate need.


12.   New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins – DT, Louisville

I question his fit in New Orleans, but he’s the best available interior player available.


13.   Miami Dolphins – Shaq Lawson – DE, Clemson

In a bit of a luxury pick, the Dolphins bolster their front four instead of addressing a need at CB and RB. Elliott off the board means they’ll take the best guy available.


14.   Oakland Raiders – Reggie Ragland – LB, Alabama 

Ragland will help the Raiders right away at a position of need.


15.   Tennessee Titans (from LA) – Jack Conklin – OT, Michigan State

It will be tough not to take the best WR available, but the Titans just invested in a franchise QB. They know must invest in keeping him upright.


16.   Detroit Lions – Laquon Treadwell – WR, Ole Miss

No Megatron leaves the Lions with a huge hole on the opposite side of Golden Tate. Treadwell won’t compare to Calvin Johnson’s dominance, but will give them a big body to develop.


17.   Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee – LB, Ohio State

The Falcons really need some pass rush help and with Shaq Lawson off the board, they select the best available defensive player.


18.   Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker – OT, Ohio State

The run on OTs was bound to come and Indy gets a guy they simply didn’t see falling. A big win for a Colts team that really struggled to keep their franchise signal caller healthy.


19. Buffalo Bills – Robert Nkemdiche – DE, Ole Miss

Paxton Lynch remains on the board and that will make things very interesting for Doug Whaley. He’ll undoubtedly get calls about trading back, but ultimately they’ll stand pat and take a potential stud. Questions about his commitment and off the field issues will certainly come into play, but if you paid attention to the ESPN Insider Mock Draft last night, former Bills GM Bill Polian hinted he’s heard “a lot” of rumbling about the teams’ interest in Nkemdiche.


20.   New York Jets – Kevin Dodd – DE, Clemson

Mo Wilkerson isn’t going anywhere… yet. With Dodd, the Jets can develop a player with a lot of pass rushing potential to take over when Wilkerson leaves in free agency next offseason.


21.   Washington Redskins – Jarran Reed – DT, Alabama

Reed adds to Washington's front seven and bolsters an intriguing Washington defense after the addition of Josh Norman.


22.   Houston Texans – Corey Coleman – WR, Baylor

Coleman is the perfect complement to Houston’s current superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins.


23.   Minnesota Vikings – Michael Thomas – WR, Ohio State

Adding a player who can go up and get a ball will be key for Teddy Bridgewater’s development.


24.   Cincinnati Bengals – Karl Joseph – S, West Virginia   

The Bengals let Reggie Nelson walk this offseason and get his replacement with Joseph.


25.   Pittsburgh Steelers – William Jackson III – CB, Houston

The Steelers could go in a number of directions, especially with some good interior line talent still left. But instead of using another 1st round pick on the front seven, they bolster their secondary instead.


26.   Seattle Seahawks – Ryan Kelly – C, Alabama

The Seahawks lost Max Unger in the Jimmy Graham trade but find his replacement when Kelly falls right into their lap. 


27.   Green Bay Packers – A’Shawn Robinson – DT, Alabama

They’ll need to replace B.J. Raji up the middle. Robinson helps right away in the run game and gives them a big body up the middle.


28.   Kansas City Chiefs – Will Fuller – WR, Notre Dame

The Chiefs put another weapon for Alex Smith on the other side of Jeremy Maclin.


29.   Arizona Cardinals – Paxton Lynch – QB, Memphis

The Broncos will really spin the tires on trading ahead of Arizona to take Lynch but they eventually stand pat. Bruce Arians gets the type of QB he covets and finds his long-term replacement for Carson Palmer.


30.   Carolina Panthers – Eli Apple – CB, Ohio State

A lot of differing opinions on Apple, but he’ll definitely go in the first. Carolina is basically stuck taking the best CB available after losing Norman to Washington.


31.   Denver Broncos – Christian Hackenberg – QB, Penn State

The Broncos could choose to address defense, but who are we kidding? Mark Sanchez is John Elway’s current starting QB, they’ll want to bring in someone who could potentially be thrown into duty early. That’s why you see Hackenberg instead of Cardale Jones off the board here.  


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