Bills Draft Recap

A pick-by-pick glance at each of Buffalo's selections this past weekend. The Bills take two more cornerbacks on day two, and add a pass rusher. Here's some quick-hit analysis...

1st Round 11(11) Leodis McKelvin CB TROY UNIVERSITY

Look for McKelvin to earn a starting spot early. While he lacks an elite nose for the ball, the small-school prospect can absolutely fly and his man-to-man cover skills are the best of the draft class. And he offers a scary possibility in the forgotten third part of the game. A McGee-McKelvin tandem on kick returns will drive special teams coordinators crazy. Let the "Mac Return" nicknames rage.

2nd Round 10(41) James Hardy WR INDIANA

Last season, the Bills fielded the shortest wide receiving unit in the league. The 6-foot-6 Hardy fills an immediate need. He may not be able to gain separation on NFL cornerbacks, but he should be able slide into a possession-receiver role for Trent Edwards. He shields off defensive backs by effectively using his size in traffic.

3rd Round 9(72) Chris Ellis DE VIRGINIA TECH

Love the pick. Buffalo could have gambled and hoped that a small-school, hybrid OLB/DE slipped to them later on. But instead, the Bills took Ellis, a highly productive pass rusher from a battle-tested conference (8.5 sacks, 9 tackles for loss last season). The Bills' front office easily could have jumped at free agent James Hall during the off-season, but Ellis has far more upside. Not many rookie ends enter the league with his motor. Fans will embrace Ellis.

4th Round 15(114) Reggie Corner CB AKRON

Why not? Buffalo's pass defense needs new blood badly. Corner is a walking pun. Chris Berman will have a field day. He probably won't see the field a ton this season, with William James and Jabari Greer having a step up on Corner. But Corner's top-end speed and athleticism will force him onto the Bills' special teams units from day one, and eventually in nickel and dime situations.

4th Round 33(132) Derek Fine TE KANSAS

Buffalo could have addressed tight end a little sooner. The Bills passed on Tennessee's Brad Cottam for Corner in a third, a slight head-scratcher, considering Cottam's freakish physical skill-set (6-foot-7, 270 lbs, 4.6 40). Still, Fine is fine pick at this point. The Bills needed to give Courtney Anderson and Robert Royal some young competition at tight end. Maybe the Kansas tight end that flourished in a pass-happy offense can develop into a decent option in the passing game. The undersized Fine caught 46 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns with the Jayhawks. He actually played against Ellis in the Orange Bowl when his team beat the Hokies, 24-21. Fine had two receptions for 14 yards, while Ellis made four tackles.

5th Round 12(147) Alvin Bowen OLB IOWA STATE

Bowen may get overpowered at only 220 lbs. But in one game closely monitored by scouts, Bowen was involved in a tackle every 6.2 snaps - unusual for a linebacker. It may be difficult for Buffalo to keep him off the field. Bowen has kamikaze, special-teamer written all over him.

6th Round 13(179) Xavier Omon RB NW MISSOURI ST

A stocky running back (5-11, 220) that faces a steep uphill battle with the Bills. Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson and Dwayne Wright are entrenched as the top three backs.

7th Round 12(219) Demetrius Bell OT NORTHWESTERN ST

A small-school tackle that can learn behind a veteran offensive line.

7th Round 17(224) Steve Johnson WR KENTUCKY

Smart move to add another WR into the mix late. Johnson is a roster long-shot, but he's not afraid to go across the middle of the field.

7 44(251) Kennard Cox CB PITTSBURGH

A third cornerback. Russ Brandon's message is loud and clear: Stop Randy Moss and the Patriots. McKelvin, Corner and Cox inject some much-needed fresh legs at cornerback.

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