Here’s a quick look at some possible scenarios that could happen for the Bills in the second round today.
Sleepers at 41
Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska: David has been compared Panthers linebacker Jon Beason and looks tailor-made to play outside linebacker in the Bills 4-3 front. He has elite-level speed and plays sideline to sideline. His size (6-1, 233 lbs) is the only reason he wasn’t selected in the first sound but he’s great at understanding leverage and angling himself to shed bigger blockers. He’s great at diagnosing plays and would be an immediate upgrade over Kirk Morrison on the strong side. He would probably start from day one.
Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall: Sure the Bills probably don’t need another defensive end but Curry, in my opinion, is the best pass rusher in this entire draft. He comes from Conference USA so it’s doubtful you’ve seen much tape on him and he’ll be knocked for not playing against elite level competition but Curry just gets after the quarterback. He uses his hands extremely well and uses a solid bull rush to get into the backfield. Curry would have the opportunity to learn behind Mario Williams and Mark Anderson for a season or two before he would have to be counted on to be a consistent contributor. If you buy into the New York Giants’ philosophy of never having enough pass rushers then Curry is the logical pick. If he’s available at 41 he will probably be the best player on the board.
Keep Away at 41:
James Brown, OT, Troy: Brown is projected as one of the best players still available in the second round but using an early second round pick on him would be a stretch. He’s not a dominant run blocker and needs to spend some time in the weight room to build up some more strength. He will likely need to spend time on the right side before making the switch to left in the NFL. Jonathan Martin and Cordy Glenn are far and away better prospects so if they’re both off the board Nix should look to fill another need.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State: Rumors are running rampant that Cousins is expected to be the next quarterback selected in the draft and that he’s likely to be drafted early on tonight. The Bills could definitely use a developmental quarterback but a player like Arizona’s Nick Foles or Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson in the third or fourth round are much better options.
Please Be There at 41:
Cordy Glenn: Glenn was my favorite offensive tackle coming into this draft so if he’s available for the Bills in the second round I may just shit myself. He’s an immediate upgrade over Chris Hairston and while he may need some fine tuning before he’s ready to take over full time on the left side, has the potential to be a Jason Peters-like player. Glenn is a no-brainer if he’s available.
Jonathan Martin: The Bills evidently had Martin ranked as their second best offensive tackle behind Matt Kalil so he seems like he’ll be the pick if he’s available at 41. I’ve made my thoughts on Martin clear over the last few weeks and even though I didn’t think he was a great first round prospect, getting him in the second would be a coup. He seems to be NFL-ready from day 1. He’s extremely athletic and is one of the most intelligent players in this draft. Martin would fill a huge hole and is great value in the second.
Ruben Randle: I haven’t written much about Randle over the last few weeks but after looking at the board and sifting through the rumors today he seems like the best receiver that will be available at 41. Randle has ideal size (6-3, 210 lbs), explosiveness and solid hands. He was projected to go in the first round by some draftnicks so he’s great value if he falls to the Bills. Randle would look great standing across from Stevie J next season. With Stephen Hill and Brian Quick looking like they’ll be selected in the early second, Randle would be the best receiver available if he falls to 41.