In my previous article I addressed the strategy the Bills should follow in this years draft. (FULL STORY HERE) In this piece I provide the players that will fit this strategy.
1st Round: Greg Robinson OT from Auburn
This was a tough one to pick as the Bills could have gone a variety of routes. They could have got a big WR in Mike Evans or a do-it-all guy in Sammy Watkins. The other route could have been a TE in Eric Ebron to give EJ Manuel a safety blanket to lean on. They could have gone defense with a Khalil Mack (like in my previous article). Instead I chose the boring offensive line pick. Last year the Bills offensive line gave up 48 sacks and the majority of those came from the RT or LG position. Manuel had three knee injuries in his rookie campaign so keeping him upright will be the #1 priority. Robinson gives the Bills an athletic lineman who can contribute right away at RT and give the Bills two great tackles in Cordy Glenn and Robinson. Plus a good offensive line is always a good thing to have.
2nd Round: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins TE from Washington
In the 2nd round I expect the Bills to go for the offensive weapon for Manuel. Wide Receiver could have been a choice but I decided on TE. ASJ is a mammoth at 6-7 280 and can run block as well as being an above average receiver. He would help the run game and give Manuel a guy that can be a safety blanket and a valuable redzone target. Plus he looks like Gronk which I want really badly.
3rd Round: Dakota Dozier G from Furham
In the 3rd I decided to go address the other hole in LG. This may not be the sexiest pick but Dozier was a guy who impressed me at the East-West Shrine game. He looked good as a converted tackle and could be plugged in quickly at LG or RG wherever he needs to be and give and instant boost on the line He also has a pretty cool name
4th round: Brandon Coleman WR from Rutgers
In the 4th is when bit players can be chosen at and I chose to address the big WR player here instead of in the 1st round with Mike Evans. Coleman stands at a 6’6 220 and gives the Bills a size guy that can be open when he isn’t. Coleman is not a finished product but does have upside and he can contribute right away as a big redzone WR which the Bills desperately need.
5th round: Max Bulloch ILB from Michigan State
The Bills need an ILB who is good against the run and Bulloch is that guy. His draft status has taken a hit recently due to off the field issues but he can be a good 2-down thumper against the run and allow Kiko Alonso to move to WLB where he is a better fit.
6th Round: Aaron Lynch DE from South Florida
The recent hire of Jim Schwartz as the new DC means the Bills will be running a 4-3 base and they need at least another DE for depth. Lynch was considered a top 20 pick before the 2013 season but his selfish attitude and character issues plus a lack in consistency has caused his draft stock to plummet. If he is available here the Bills would be crazy not to pick him up where he could at least be a rotational DE.
7th round: Jordan Najvar TE from Baylor
With the last pick for the Bills they take a guy with upside and a luxury pick. The Bills have a plethora at TEs currently on the roster and I have them drafting one in the 2nd so why another? Najvar stands at 6’6 and would add size to a TE position that has no one taller than 6’4. He was hardly used in the Baylor offense which has made his draft stock not be so high but he is an intriguing option. Also considering the Bills will be running a bunch of two TE sets, he would give the Bills some more size advantages against opposing defenses.