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2013 Buffalo Bills Mock Draft

April 24, 2013

Mock Draft Done by Contributing Writer Matt Guarino 

Round 1 (Pick 8): Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

NassibIn a very uncertain draft, one “certainty” is the connection between the Bills and Nassib. After earning the starting job at Syracuse in 2010, Nassib showed steady improvement over three seasons for current Bills Head Coach, Doug Marrone. With Marrone, and Offensive Coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett implementing the same offense from Syracuse, the fit of Nassib in Buffalo is ideal.

No player has skyrocketed up draft boards more than Nassib. However, like many Quarterbacks in this class, there are several skeptics and believers. Many scouts question his arm strength, and the level of competition faced throughout his career in the Big East Conference.

The strengths of Nassib’s game appear in his intermediate, quick release passing game. He is an extremely efficient Quarterback, possessing excellent mechanics, drawing comparisons to Drew Brees.

Overall, Nassib may be considered a “reach” at pick 8, much like Ryan Tannehill was for the Dolphins last year. However, if the Bills are confident Nassib can turn into a legitimate NFL starter, they need to be bold, and pull the trigger on the signal caller.

NFL Player Comparison: Drew Brees (Saints)

 

Round 2 (Pick 41): Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

StedmanYes…the Bills go back to the (former) Big East, this time to grab a Wide Receiver. Overshadowed by former teammate, and potential top 15 pick Tavon Austin at West Virginia, Stedman Bailey is a very reliable target, with magnets attached to his wrists.

One trait standing out about Bailey’s game, is that he plays much bigger than his 5’10”, 190 pound frame would lead to believe. He is physical, and has a tremendous feel for finding holes in zone coverage.

Bailey may not project to a true “go-to” receiver at the next level; but possesses the traits of an excellent complimentary target.

NFL Player Comparison: Greg Jennings (Vikings)

 

Round 3 (Pick 71): Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina

RiddickSmart, experienced, and consistently around the football. Kevin Reddick may not wow anyone with his speed or strength, but makes up for his physical limitations with a tremendous knowledge of the game.

In 2012, North Carolina allowed to Reddick to blitz more often, resulting in a career high 6.5 sacks. Overall, most of his game is of a classic “thumper”, and his best fit would be on the inside in a 3-4 defense.

A sure tackler, possessing pass rushing ability, Reddick fits right into new Bills Defensive Coordinator, Mike Pettine’s hybrid defensive plan, and could step into a starting role the moment he arrives in Orchard Park.

NFL Player Comparison: Brandon Spikes (Patriots)

 

 

Round 4 (Pick 105): Ricky Wagner, G/T, Wisconsin

WagnerMuch like Penn State was once referred to as “Linebacker-U”, Wisconsin could very well be known as “O-Lineman-U”. After producing the third overall pick and now Pro Bowler in 2007, Joe Thomas (Browns), the Badgers have produced several exceptional Offensive Lineman in recent years…Gabe Carimi (Bears, 2011), John Moffitt (Seahawks, 2011), Kevin Zeitler (Bengals 2012) and Peter Konz (Falcons, 2012). Ricky Wagner very well may be the next in line to follow in the footsteps of recent Badger teammates.

A tackle in college, Ricky Wagner projects as a guard in the NFL at 6’6”, 308 pounds. Wagner’s strength comes in the run game, where he is an absolute bull, and will create a path by blowing defenders off the ball. Much like Reddick, Wagner could potentially start at guard immediately, and would be a MAJOR upgrade over Colin Brown or Keith Williams.

NFL Player Comparison: John Moffitt (Seahawks)

 

Round 5 (Pick 143): Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State

BoydThe Bills brought in Alan Branch to play the nose in an odd man front. Torrell Troup is a former second round pick, teetering on bust status, who may not make it out of camp. Josh Boyd would be a solid selection in round five, providing much needed depth at Defensive Tackle.

Boyd is limited, and is really a true Nose Tackle who wouldn’t see much, if any time with a four down lineman alignment. The Bills should feel comfortable with this selection, and hope to possibly come out adding a solid role player to their defense.

NFL Comparison: Ron Brace (Redskins)

 

Round 6: Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Auburn

Auburn TEWith Scott Chandler recovering from an ACL injury, the Bills take a late round flyer on a Tight End. Aside from having a great football name, Lutzenkirchen possesses the size (6’3”, 268) of a potential red zone terror.

Maybe Lutzenkirchen can become the next great Bills Tight end with a ridiculously long last name? (Pete Metzelaars, Jay Reimersma).

NFL Comparison: Matt Spaeth (Steelers)

Coming Down to the Wire

April 24, 2013

One day away from the best three day stretch in all of sports and I’m just writing my first article on it. What the hell is wrong with me? I apologize for my inconsistent posting over the last couple months but let’s be honest the Buffalo sports institution hasn’t been anything too noteworthy recently. Nevertheless the NFL Draft commences on Thursday at 8:00 and I’m finally starting to get excited so let’s give this a whirl.

The Buffalo Bills own the eighth overall pick in the first round and few if any experts know what they’re going to do. Buddy Nix seemed to indicate that quarterback is the likeliest possibility during the team’s pre-draft luncheon about a week ago but future Bills GM Doug Whaley let it be known that the team is extremely high on West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin. Either way we’re likely in for some fireworks when Roger Goodell steps to the podium around 9:20 on Thursday night.

What the Bills Should Do:

Option 1: Trade Down

Austin and Alabama corner Dee Millner are likely to draw some serious interest from teams sitting in the 15-20 range while Lane Johnson has been flying up draft boards as of late and if he somehow makes it to eight, he would look very intriguing to multiple teams at the bottom of the first. Carolina, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh (picks 14-17) could all use a serious upgrade at both receiver and corner and Austin and Millner are two of the most complete players in this draft. The Saints are no strangers to moving up on draft day and number eight would be a solid fit for them.

When it comes down to it, the Bills need to fill as many holes as possible in this draft and the only way to do that is by accruing more draft picks. St. Louis has two first rounders, while they will not give up both to move up into the top ten, they might be willing to give up a second-rounder to grab a desperately needed playmaker for Sam Bradford.

Option 2: Draft Austin

Call me crazy and make your comparisons to the C.J. Spiller pick in 2010 but Austin is the biggest playmaker in this entire draft. He and Stedman Bailey are the only reasons that Geno Smith is even sniffing the top ten. Austin would bring the dynamic that TJ Graham was supposed to last year. Though I’m not ready to give up on Graham after one year of underachieving, adding Austin into the fold would give the Bills a Maclin/Jackson dynamic with two guys who have homerun potential every time they touch the ball. You could make an argument for Cordarrelle Patterson here but 2 outstanding years of JuCo and one less than amazing season at the Division 1 level doesn’t warrant a top ten pick in my mind (Darrius Heyward-Bey anyone?).

Option 3: Stand Pat and Draft their QB

This honestly seems like the most likely path. Whether it be Ryan Nassib or Matt Barkley all indications are that Nix will finally push away his stubborn pride and pull the trigger on a young signal-caller to develop. Between the two I’d prefer Nassib honestly but I would be fine with either player. Even with a mostly-miserable senior campaign by Barkley he is just one year removed from being projected as a top 5 pick. He has the talent and while I HATE California quarterbacks, I believe this guy has the talent to be a franchise QB one day.

Nassib makes a bit more sense considering his former head coach and offensive coordinator call the shots in Buffalo now. Nassib has a great arm and has played in much poorer conditions than Barkley during his college tenure. He knows Nathaniel Hackett’s playbook and his learning curb would be significantly reduced compared to Barkley.

Put a Gun to my head if:

The Bills Draft a Guard at 8

Don’t get me wrong, Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper are two of the top prospects in the draft and would immediately fill the void left by Andy Levitre’s departure but this is a position the Bills could address in the mid-rounds. I may be one of the few people actually intrigued to see what last year’s fifth round pick Zebrie Sanders can do at the guard position if that’s the direction they decide to go. I was extremely high on Sanders going into the draft last year and believe he has the talent to be a very good lineman.

The Bills Pass Up an Opportunity to Move Down

Rumors are swirling today that the Bills are afraid that if they take the opportunity to move down into the teens or 20’s the Jets may draft Nassib with one of their two first round picks (9 and 13). New Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg supposedly has a man crush on Nassib and some experts believe they may nab him if he falls to them.

It would make perfect sense if these rumors were true because the Bills have made historically poor decisions based on urgency and fear (Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract). If Nix can work out a deal that would move the team down in the first and acquire another second or third and still draft either Nassib, Barkley or even E.J. Manuel, it would make Nix look like a genius, which is precisely why they’ll likely turn down any offer to move down and reach for a quarterback at 8. Like I said if the Bills have a guy that they believe can be the future of the franchise then I’m fine with them pulling the trigger at 8. If they are given an opportunity to acquire more picks and address more needs however, they can’t pass it up.

Big And Tall Podcast: Post-Draft Show

May 6, 2012

This is the one you’ve been waiting for. We do a nice rap up of the greatest three day period of the year, focusing heavily on the Bills draft. Check it out, let us know what you think.

http://soundcloud.com/buffaloparker/big-and-tall-podcast-5-post

 

A Quick Thought on the Rest of the Draft Class

May 1, 2012

The two players from Florida State: Offensive Tackle Zebrie Sanders and Linebacker Nigel Bradham
Sanders was an unbelievable value in the fifth round. He was initially pinned as a late second early third round prospect. He’s seen time at left tackle but spent most of his time on the right side. He started all four years for Seminoles. He’ll likely be a backup for a year or two behind Erik Pears but don’t be surprised a few years down the road if Glenn and Sanders are starting opposite of each other on the left and right side respectively. Sanders provides great depth for now but has serious potential to be a starter down the road.

Bradham is a freak. He’s a bit undersize but incredibly athletic and is just a vicious tackler. Bradham projects as a strong side backer in the NFL and don’t be surprised if he pushes Kirk Morrison for playing time early in his career. Bradham is a physically imposing, sure tackler with a mean streak that the Bills have been missing from their defense since Takeo Spikes departed. I’m not comparing Bradham’s talent to Spikes by any means but he brings a similar intensity to the game. Check out his hit on Miami Hurricanes receiver Laron Byrd and you’ll get a hint of the physicality and intensity he brings to the table.

The Late Round Guys: Mark Asper and John Potter
Asper has a very interesting life story. He went on a two year religious mission trip after high school which explains why he will be a 27 year old rookie. Asper also saved the life of a teammates’ father. Prior to the team’s Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin this year, Asper applied the Heimlich Manuever to a choking man during a team dinner and effectively saved his life. Besides just being an incredible human being, Asper is also a massive human being (6-6, 320 lbs) who the Bills have projected as a center in the NFL. He’s incredibly athletic for his size and he’s a versatile lineman who played both guard and tackle in Oregon. He will likely have to fight off Mike Jasper and Colin Brown to earn a roster spot this year but if he doesn’t make the team out of camp seems like a prime candidate for the team’s practice squad.

The Bills see Potter as a kickoff specialist with a big foot who can put the ball through the end zone to negate returns. It’s tough to justify keeping a roster spot open for a guy who only specializes in kick offs but if the tape is any indicator the kid’s massive foot could completely neutralize opposing return games. Rian Lindell is entrenched as the place kicker for the team but didn’t find much success forcing returners to take a knee on kick offs. Nix and the Bills front office are big on Potter and if he’s able to stick as a kick-off specialist, there’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t be an option to replace Lindell a few years down the road as the full time kicker.

Analyzing the 2012 Buffalo Bills Draft Class: Part 3

May 1, 2012

My Personal Favorite: Tank Carder (5th Round Pick, 147th Overall)
How can you not pick a guy in the fifth round with a name like Tank? Carder is a two time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and if you’re looking for game film on him, look no further than the most important game in school history. Carder was named the defensive player of the game in last year’s Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin. He recorded two sacks and broke up a pass on the Wisconsin’s two point conversion attempt that would’ve tied the game. Carder was all over the field in that game and ever since that moment I wanted the Bills to draft him. He’s not a great athlete and will likely spend most of his rookie season contributing on special teams and as a backup but he has the potential to be a solid weak side linebacker down the road for the Bills. Carder’s work ethic is second to none and with a year or two of learning the Bills’ system and adjusting to the pro game he could really turn out to be a steal with this pick.

Analyzing the 2012 Buffalo Bills Draft Class: Part 2

May 1, 2012

Biggest Reach: T.J. Graham (3rd Round Pick, 69th Overall)
Again, I’m not trying to go in order on this but it’s just the way it’s falling. This is the pick that had some fans puzzled and admittedly I was one at first. I was a huge fan of Mohamed Sanu coming into this draft and with him still on the board I was confused as to why the Bills not only selected Graham but traded up (for the first time in Nix’s tenure) to select him. Graham didn’t grade out well amongst most draftnicks because of his lack of experience at the college level. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, whose opinion I respect most amongst the rabble of so-called experts, had Graham dropping to the seventh round. He’s undersized, unpolished as a route runner and seems like a gadget player at best. After analyzing the pick for the past few days however, I realized that there wasn’t a lot of talent left on the board that was different from what the team already had on its roster. Graham will likely take some time to develop but if he can catch 20 balls this season including some deep passes he could prove to be worth the gamble.

Could Surprise: Ron Brooks (4th Round Pick, 124th Overall)
Brooks is another pick some people thought the Bills might’ve reached a bit on. After all he never broke the starting lineup as a corner for the Tigers in his four years at LSU. Take into account however, that Brooks was stuck behind three of the best cornerback prospects in the past decade in 2011 5th overall pick Patrick Peterson, 2012 6th overall pick Morris Claiborne and likely 2013 top 5 pick Tyrann Mathieu. Brooks played nickel corner behind Peterson and Claiborne and then Claiborne and Mathieu respectively. He ran the 40 in 4.37 seconds at combine however and is an incredible blitzing threat off the edge. He made plenty of plays coming off the edge in nickel situations and is explosive when he gets his hands on the ball (had three interceptions in college and returned all three for touchdowns). In today’s pass happy NFL you can never have enough corners and Brooks has the athleticism to stick as a nickel corner behind Gilmore and Williams for years to come.

Quick Overview on T.J. Graham

April 27, 2012

Here’s a quick profile I wrote on Graham during Senior Bowl practice week a few months ago. I’ll do a more in depth write-up later on tonight.

T.J. Graham, NC State: Graham being number two on this list should tell you that there aren’t many early round receiver prospects present in Alabama this week. That’s no knock against Graham because he is an explosive player who has the potential to be a game breaker for any team that drafts him. Graham’s explosiveness was mostly on special teams however, and caught a career-best 46 passes in 2011 for the Wolf Pack. There’s no doubt he’s a burner and will likely record a top end 40-time at the combine but his future in the NFL will likely never take him out of the slot. At 5’11” 176 he will struggle against press coverage and won’t be a threat to go across the middle. Depending on where he falls (projected 2nd to 3rd) he would be a nice replacement for Roscoe Parrish when he almost definitely leaves via free agency this offseason, but it would be a shock to see the Bills take a chance on another gadget player.”

Day 2 Draft Primer

April 27, 2012

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.

Live Streaming Draft Coverage on Bleed Buffalo

April 26, 2012

To those of you out there who say Christmas comes but once a year, you’re clearly not a football fan. 10 minutes and counting to the start of the greatest night in all of sports. Also follow @rjandolina on twitter for continued coverage.
Feel free to argue with me but honestly I couldn’t give a shit what you have to say….

That’s it for tonight folks but tune in tomorrow for more coverage. I’ll be posting a couple articles on best players still available for the Bills in the second and a quick recap at some point tonight if I don’t get too drunk. Either way keep checking in and thanks for Bleeding Buffalo!!!!

11:05: I’m going to jump the gun on this one: With the 32nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the defending Champion New York Giants select David Wilson, RB Virginia Tech. 
***They needed some help in the backfield but he’s a little too similar to Bradshaw. Really don’t love this pick when Jonathan Martin and Cordy Glenn on the board but it does address a need.

10:56: Tampa Bay selects Doug Martin with the 31st pick
***Great pick. Takes a ton of pressure off of Blount. Great first round for the Bucs with Barron and Martin.

10:55: Tampa Bay trades back into the first with Denver for the 31st pick, it’s going to be Boise State’s Doug Martin. 

10:48: San Francisco selects some receiver named Jenkins from Illinois
****Jim Harbaugh should be thanking Caroll because now they’ve just selected the second worst player in the first. I had Jenkins projected as a third rounder in this draft. This reminds me ALOT of Rashaun Woods. Cordy Glenn, Stephen Hill, Jonathan Martin, and Upshaw still available. That’s HORRIBLE value.

10:44: Minnesota Vikings select Harrison Smith
****HAHAHAHAHA Dear god did Pete Caroll just take over for Leslie Frasier? He definitely would’ve been there with the 35th pick. The Vikings were looking good after the Kalil pick but revert back to their horrible drafting ways with this one.

10:42: Vikes trade up to 29 with the Ravens. Ravens get picks 35 and 98. 

10:37: Green Bay Packers select Nick Perry
***Again, Courtney Upshaw is on the board for you Dom Capers and you pick a workout hero? Upshaw does nothing but produce and would’ve looked amazing across the field from Clay. Bad pick.

10:33: Cincinnati Bengals select Kevin Zeitler
***Cordy Glenn’s still on the board Marvin. Zeitler is a good player but bad value with Glenn on the board.

10:29: Houston selects Whitney Mercilus
***Another solid value pick. He’s not going to make people forget about Super Mario but it’s a step in the right direction.

10:23: After trading up with the Broncos for the 25th pick, the Patriots select Dont’a Hightower
***Kiper and McShay are sure to suck the Patriots dick for this draft. And as much as it pains me to say it, they probably deserve it. Like this pick a lot more than Jones. Great first round for the Pats.

10:22 Pittsburgh Selects David DeCastro
***Pittsburgh fines a huge steal here to. DeCastro is an awesome pick, really solidifies that interior o-line.

10:19: With Calvin Johnson making the selection the Detroit Lions select Riley Reiff
***Hell of a value pick for Detroit. Reiff was once projected as a top ten pick. Best value pick so far. Except for Bruce Irvin of course, hahahahahahahahahah. No but seriously great pick.

10:12: Cleveland Brown select Brandon Weeden
*** I figured this would happen but I honestly can’t say I like the pick. He’s a solid QB but he’ll have to start right away.

10:10: New England Patriots select: Chandler Jones
*** Interested to see where they’ll put him but they needed a pass rusher and they got one with Jones. This is a pretty good pick if the Pats are running primarily out of a 4-3 this year. Don’t know if he’ll be able to stand up in a 3-4.

10:05: Tennessee Titans select Kendall Wright
***Solid pick but they could have used a pass rusher. Mercilus and Jones still on the board, Wright is a bit of a stretch.

10:02: Patriots trade up to 21 for picks 27 and 93 (3rd rounder). Pick is going to be Chandler Jones. 

10:00: Bears select Shea McLellin
***I really don’t like this pick. With Chandler Jones and Whitney Mercilus on the board you pick McLellin? He’s a high motor guy but this is a stretch.

9:53: Chargers select Melvin Ingram
***Unbelievable value for the Chargers. Takes a ton of pressure off an aging Shaun Phillips and lets Jarrett Johnson come off the field on passing downs. Ingram’s undersized but he’ll be able to just go out at get the quarterback.

9:46: Bengals select Dre Kirkpatrick
****Solid pick for “who dey” nation. Leon Hall won’t play next year so Kirkpatrick will start off the bat. He’s a guy I like a lot. Great value at 17. If they can somehow pull off DeCastro at 21 this will be another fantastic draft for Cincy. Go Reds!!!!

9:37: Jets select Quinton Coples
*****Ingram and Chandler Jones on the board and you pick the laziest guy on the board and he can’t play outside linebacker. Didn’t you just draft Mohammed Wilkerson last year Rex? Awful pick, good luck trying to motivate him.

9:30: Seahawks select Bruce Irvin
****HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. You’re fucking kidding me right Pete Carol?

9:27: Rams select Michael Brockers
****Solid pick Rams. They have a boat load of ammo to move back into the first round if they want to scoop a receiver like Hill or Wright. Brockers will fill in nicely next to Kendall Langford and Chris Long.

9:18: Cardinals select Michael Floyd. 
****Larry Fitzgerald is creaming in his pants right now. He’s going to look good standing across the field from the league’s best receiver.

9:16: Pick is In for Arizona. This is going to be Floyd.

9:11: With the 12th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles select Mississippi St DT Fletcher Cox
***Great pick, best d tackle in the draft. He makes that Philly d-line a ton better. Cole, Cox, Jenkins, Babin=pretty scary front four.

9:05: Philadelphia Eagles trade up to 12 for the 14th and a 4th and 6th.

9:04: With the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Kansas City Chiefs select Dontari Poe
***Don’t like the pick too much but the Chiefs needed a nose. Cox can’t play nose in 3/4.

8:59: With the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Your Buffalo Bills select South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore
***Love the pick, in the article I posted before the draft started I said that he would be their top choice. He’s a shutdown corner with playmaking potential. Buddy Nix showed his cards a bit last week with this one.  

8:59: Here we go, Boomer giving the pick away:


8:57: Of course they’re doing a huge look back when it’s the Bills turn to pick. Fuck you ESPN!!!!

8:56: Bills on the clock this has to be Stephon Gilmore.

8:54: Pick is in:
With the 9th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers select Luke Kuechly.
***Solid pick for a team that struggles keeping their linebackers healthy. Will likely start on the strong side with Beason and Thomas Davis.

8:51: Carolina’s pick is in, BILLS ARE ON THE CLOCK FOLKS. 

8:49: With the 8th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins select Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill
***Good, take him. I’ve made it clear that I’m not of fan of Tannehill. If he doesn’t pan out at QB for Miami he would probably be their number one wide receiver, hahahahahahahaha.

8:46: Pick is in:
**** Please GOD be Ryan Tannehill, don’t let him fall to the Bills.

8:45: With the 7th pick in the NFL Draft the Buccaneers select Alabama S Mark Barron
****Son of a bitch.

8:44: Buccaneers are definitely past time here, why is Miami not running to the podium to pick Tannehill.

8:40: Really looks like the Bucs are trying to trade down. If they stay I would guess this is going to be Luke Kuechly.

8:37: Pick is in:
With the 6th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select LSU CB Morris Claiborne
***This is why I love the NFL draft folks. I honestly thought this was going to be Barron but the Cowboys pick the best player on the board and only give up a second rounder to do it. Solid pick Jerry as much as it kills me to admit it. Brandon Carr and Claiborne are going to be scary together.

8:36: Wow nevermind this looks like Morris Claiborne actually folks.

8:31: The Dallas Cowboys trade the 14th overall pick along with their second round pick (45th overall pick) to the St. Louis Rams for the 6th overall pick.
***This is going to be Mark Barron. Sorry Bills fans 

8:30: The Pick is In:
With the 5th overall pick in the NFL draft the Jacksonville Jaguars select Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon

8:27: The Jacksonville Jaguars trade the 7th overall pick along with their 4th round pick to the Tampa Bay Bucs for the 5th overall pick.
***Justin Blackmon will be the pick 

8:26: Pick is in
***With the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings select USC OT Matt Kalil
–I’m not going to lie to you I’m a bit surprised by this one. That just shows you, you can’t listen to everything Shefter, Kiper and McShay say. Great pick in the end and they add three more picks in the process.

8:23: Looks like the Jags swapped spots with Tampa Bay: Here comes Blackmon. 

8:23: Vikes are going to pick Kalil here.

8:22: Minnesota’s pick is in before Richardson even gets to the podium.

8:21: Now the Draft really begins folks. It’s going to get interesting.

8:16: Pick is in:
With the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns select Alabama RB Trent Richardson
****Some may think they gave up too much to pick him up but Richardson is the best back to come out of college since Adrian Peterson. The Browns will look to wide receiver with the 22nd pick most likely now to try to build up that offense.
8:13: Just kidding, that was for my Redskins fan followers out there.
With the Second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Washington Redskins select Robert Griffin III
****Great pick, can’t say much more than that

8:09: Pick is in for the Redskins:

AND IN A SHOCKING MOVE DANIEL SNYDER SELECTS SHANE MATTHEWS not realizing he retired five years ago.

8:05: Thank you, you douche Jim Irsay for not taking more than a couple minutes:
*With the First pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck
-Not even going to evaluate this one

8:01: Laconfora reporting that the Jags are exploring moving up to draft Justin Blackmon. Reportedly won’t move up past five however. I’m sure if Claiborne goes four to the Vikes, the Bucs will be more than willing to listen to offers.

8:00: And HERE WE GO!!!!!!!

7:45: Let’s start it off the right way with a pretty interesting trade about half hour before the Colts are even on the clock:
Cleveland trades 4th overall pick tonight along with a 4th, 5th and 7th rounder to Minnesota to move up to the number 3 pick.
***To those of you out there who are surprised by this move don’t be. The Buccaneers were seriously interested in moving up to get Alabama running back Trent Richardson. The Browns clearly had their eyes set on Richardson and I don’t blame him, he’s clearly the best player in this draft after the two QBs.

Making the Case for: Taking Michael Floyd at Ten

April 26, 2012

Great Move: Because Floyd’s probably the most complete receiver in this draft, yes even over Justin Blackmon. Floyd has the speed to make plays deep and he’s one of the most refined route runners in the draft. He will be an immediate upgrade over the rabble that consists of Donald Jones, Derek Hagan, Marcus Easley and to a lesser degree David Nelson. He will take coverage away from Stevie Johnson and provide Ryan Fitzpatrick the versatile target that he was dying for by the end of last season. Floyd may not have the game breaking potential that Blackmon does but he’s more polished and will likely be able to significantly contribute faster than the Oklahoma State product.

Terrible Move: Because Floyd’s isn’t a game breaker. Don’t get me wrong, he has all of the attributes you look for in a receiver: solid hands, good speed, great size; but he doesn’t have the same flash that a player like Blackmon possesses. Floyd’s of the field issues (multiple not singular) are troubling. I understand being a college kid and getting busted once for alcohol related activities but getting nailed for multiple DUI’s is unacceptable and makes you question a player’s character.

In the End: The Bills will pass on Floyd at ten because he’s not the best player on the board and the character issues have caught up to him. Floyd would be a solid upgrade to the Bills rag-tag crew of undrafted receivers but this draft is loaded with depth and talent at receiver. The Bills can find a quality producer in the second or third round who can contribute early in his career.


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