Buffalo Bills Mock Draft 1.0

By PFC Buffalo Bills Blogger Chris Brown (@cbreezy2411)

The Bills have the 8th overall pick in April for the upcoming NFL Draft.  Buffalo has multiple positions that need to be addressed immediately.  These positions include LB, WR and QB.  Many would say that these are the three major positions of need for the Bills during the draft.  This could all change when free agency starts on March 12th though.  The Bills have been rumored to be interested in Baltimore Linebackers, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe.  But both of those guys could demand high compensation coming over a Super Bowl winning season.  Stevie Johnson has been trying to court wide receivers to come to Buffalo via Twitter.  He most recently reached out to Brandon Gibson who would be a middle of the market value for the Bills.  With all this is mind, it could have a heavy influence on who they draft in April.  Buffalo has six draft picks not including any compensatory picks. 

1st Round (8th Pick): Cordarrelle Patterson WR University of Tennessee

 Cordarelle Patterson

The Bills address a major issue with this pick, with the recent news choosing to not resign David Nelson and Donald Jones.  Looking at the wide receiver depth chart at the current moment you have Stevie Johnson, TJ Graham, Brad Smith (WR/QB), Marcus Easley, Kevin Elliot and Chris Hogan.  Johnson is the only one of the list with good NFL experience as a receiver eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark for the third consecutive season; Graham had a less than impressing rookie season dropping more than ten passes and only totaling 332 yards.  The Bills need to have a receiver who can match up in the X or Y position on the field.  Patterson is a huge target for a quarterback and has great speed to stretch the field when necessary.  He may be limited with one year of experience at the Division I level in college, but I believe that physical talent trumps the college experience at times.  Patterson has a high ceiling of potential and could be that tall threat the Buddy Nix keeps referring to acquire. He has great ability to run after the catch and will be a great fit for Coach Hackett’s West Coast Offensive style.

Alternate Pick: Dee Milliner CB University of Alabama

2nd Round (41st Pick): Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse University

 Ryan Nassib

Bills have addressed their second need with their second pick in the draft.  This pick does come under much scrutiny though.  Many believe that Nassib is being picked too high at this point but I wouldn’t be surprised if they even trade up a few spots to grab him.  The Bills have to decide if Ryan Fitzpatrick is their guy or not, if he is look for him to restructure his deal and compete for the starting position.  Buddy Nix has said that he will not leave Buffalo until he has a franchise quarterback in position to win.  Nassib may not have all the intangibles of a franchise quarterback just yet but he can develop them under Coach Hackett and the West Coast Offense.  This may be a perfect fit for both parties, playing under Coach Marrone and Coach Hackett at Syracuse already gives them a jump-start on the offense.  Nassib may become a system quarterback and as we as Bills fans have seen, this could mean gold (i.e. Tom Brady).  Having extended experience in the offense further proves they would be ahead of the learning curve.  The real question that it comes down to is, Does Coach Marrone love Nassib enough that he will draft him? He may know something that we as fans don’t know about Nassib.

Alternate Pick: Arthur Brown LB Kansas State University

3rd Round (71st Pick): Khassem Greene LB Rutgers University

 Khaseem Greene

Greene fills a void in Coach Pettine’s hybrid defensive scheme.  Khassem is known as being a tackling machine something that the Bills need tremendously.  He is a physical linebacker who has great wrap up technique and could be considered a draft steal in the third round.  He is very good in pass coverage as well; being that he started playing safety then transitioned to linebacker demonstrates that he has playmaking abilities.  Greene was named a two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year and gave teams problems in the middle of the field.  I see Greene either moving on the outside to help cover those big tight ends in the league or taking over the role of middle linebacker and controlling the defense.  Kelvin Sheppard has been less than impressive since he was drafted for the middle linebacker position for the past two seasons.  Greene is a guy who can come in and start immediately and make an impact.  The one knock on Greene is that he may get overpowered by pulling guards during screens or half back sweeps.

Alternate Pick: Justin Pugh OL Syracuse University

4th Round (8th in the Round): Travis Kelce TE Cincinnati University

 Travis Kelce

Kelce will slip to the fourth round based on pulling out of the Senior Bowl with an injury.  He can improve his draft stock with a great pro day though.  The Bills need to make the tight end position a priority due to Scott Chandler’s ACL injury during the season finale against the New York Jets last season.  Chandler will not be ready for training camp so the Bills need to have options at the position and Kelce will fill that void.  He is a big body tight end who can put up decent numbers receiving but also can help protect in the running as well.  If the Bills don’t elect to pick up a tight end in free agency they will draft one to add to the depth chart.

Alternate Pick: Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State University

5th Round (10th in the Round): Darius Slay CB Mississippi State University

 Darius Slay

Bills desperately need to add a cornerback to the depth chart.  The releasing of Terrance McGee and possibly losing Leodis McKelvin to free agency makes adding a cornerback that much more prevalent.  Slay may not be able to start opposite Stephon Gilmore right away but he will be able to come in and contribute.  Slay has good man coverage ability and could provide what the Bills need.  This is something that has hindered the Bills secondary for many years.  Typically the Bills like to draft a defensive back in the first round but this year is different because of the depth of the position in this draft class.  This would be a good value pick for the Bills in the fifth round.

Alternate Pick: Travis Howard CB Ohio State University

6th Round (9th in the Round):  Joe Kruger DE University of Utah

 Joe Kruger

Joe is the younger brother of Ravens Linebacker Paul Kruger.  Joe had a decent showing at the NFL Combine and may not be available at this spot in the draft but if he is, I don’t see the Bills passing on him.  Kruger isn’t an every down lineman but would be used on a rotational basis and could help provide muscle on the defensive side of the ball.  He led his team in college with sick sacks; he has proven he has moves to get to the quarterback.

Alternate Pick: Jasper Collins WR Mount Union