The Bills have already made huge strides to address several glaring needs in the free agency and trade markets, making it much easier for them to simply pick the best player on the board when they come up at number 9. Mike Williams, Brandon Spikes, Keith Rivers, Corey Graham, and Chris Williams were not flashy, big money acquisitions. However, they did wonders for the Bills' depth chart and allow them to take a different approach to the draft. Tight end, safety, and offensive line are still positions in need of a talent infusion.
Round 1: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Robinson would be a great get for the Bills if he is still on the board at 9. Jake Matthews, as previously covered, would also make an outstanding addition. This draft is top heavy with highly sought after skill position players, not to mention Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack, which makes it a very strong possibility that Robinson or Matthews slides to the Bills. I believe Blake Bortles, Clowney, Mack, Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and either Robinson or Matthews will be the first 8 selections, thus freeing up the Bills to take whichever one of them is still available. My hunch says Robinson.
The tape shows a powerful, solidly built mammoth of a man who plays with the requisite mean streak required for the position. He has a strong motor, dominates his side of the line, and shows great awareness. Robinson also demonstrated strong foot speed at the combine, ranking as the 2nd fastest out of the 51 linemen in attendance. He has all the makings of a plug and play option for a Bills team that is dedicating their resources to the continued development of EJ Manuel, who showed flashes of becoming the franchise QB the team sorely lacks.
Round 2: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
As the NFL moves further and further from the ground and pound philosophies that dominated the '80s and '90s, it is becoming vital for teams to have multiple TEs who can stretch a defense. Scott Chandler shows signs and has the occasional outburst, but is clearly more suited to be a team's #2 option at the position. The Bills wisely re-signed him on a reasonable 2 year deal, with an eye towards upgrading the position. The man they call ASJ would be a wise choice to complement Chandler. Eric Ebron is regarded as the draft's best TE, but concerns about his character and motor have scared many teams and Seferian-Jenkins is rising up the boards. At 6'6" and 265 pounds, he would provide a formidable target for EJ Manuel. He showed a nose for the end zone in college, scoring 21 TDs to Ebron's 8. He's been compared favorably to Rob Gronkowski, and much like Gronk, has had some nagging injury concerns. Seferian-Jenkins has been dogged by a nagging foot injury that makes it all the more likely he will be available for Buffalo in Round 2. His size and athleticism makes him a great selection for the Bills, and you can be sure Doug Marrone will find ways to get the ball into his hands.
Safety is also considered a need by some draftniks, but Doug Marrone has indicated that he will give Da'Norris Searcy and last year's draftee Duke Williams every opportunity to compete for the starting spot opposite Aaron Williams. If the Buffalo Bills can come out of the draft with these two players, fans should consider this as an A+ draft. The AFC East, as always, will be tough sledding and the Bills need all the horses they can get.
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