Eeeek the draft is in four weeks! And now that the Bills took a stab at the wide receiver market I don't see them going wide receiver at 9 (albeit both Mike Williams and Stevie Johnson are likely not on the roster next season). Thus the pick should be UNC tight end Eric Ebron. But let's see what all the so called experts are saying now:
Todd McShay - Eric Ebron TE, UNC
Finally someone with some insight! Mostly because he agrees with me. Can't get the friggen write up because you have to have insider. (who actually pays for that shit?)
Mel Kiper Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
"Analysis: I’d like to find a good matchup threat in
the passing game for my young quarterback. But keeping him healthy is
the first concern, and getting Lewan — who easily could have been a
top-two pick last season in a thinner draft — at No. 9 is a good value
at a position of need. The draft is deep with pass-catchers, and I take
advantage of that in Round 2, taking Seferian-Jenkins even ahead of Jace
Amaro. Scott Chandler is a pretty good player, but “ASJ” is at another
level athletically, and his presence could also allow Buffalo to involve
some two-tight end looks. I’m taking a shot on a big target in Round 3.
At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Coleman provides great length and the ability
to make plays over defenders. I also see safety as a need, but building
around EJ Manuel wins out here based on how the board played out."
The Bills don't need a right tackle at # 9 in the first round of the draft. Yes Lewan might be a stud but what is a "stud" right tackle? The alleged most important position on the offensive line is left tackle so is a mediocre RT really going to effect things much? The only thing that saves this is taking the big TE Seferian-Jenkins from Washington in the second. He had a bad injury last year which has hurt his stock but if healthy could be a great pick up in the 2nd round. Moreover, Lewan has huge question marks with alleged rapes and assaults hovering over his head.
Walterfootball Jake Matthews OT, Texas A & M
"The Bills filled some of their holes in free agency, but there are three
glaring positions of need that still have to be addressed: wide
receiver, tight end and right tackle. Buffalo will likely choose the top
player available who can fix those needs. As it stands in this mock
draft, the order would likely be Jake Matthews, Mike Evans and Eric
Matthews is just too good to pass up. He'd start instantly and could
eventually be moved to the left side if the Bills think Cordy Glenn
would be better at right tackle."
I follow the logic but this assumes Evans is gone and Derrick Carr is drafted in the top ten? If Johnny Manziel is still on the board and a team doesn't want to trade up to get him I'll be surprised. At least Walt has been consistent is keeping this pick plus it seems Matthews may be a value pick at nine. (also Matthews was in town today at OBD getting interviewed)
Joe Buscacglia Mike Evans WR Texas A & M
"With both offensive tackles off the board, the
Buffalo Bills draft a player that will immediately help the progress of
EJ Manuel. The Bills' second-year player is in desperate need of a
safety blanket type of player, and the "I'll go anywhere and get the
ball" type of playing style in Evans' 6-foot-5 frame is a welcomed
addition. This is a dynamite pick for the Bills, and will add to one of
their core weaknesses from 2013... offensive explosiveness."
This was before the Mike Williams trade but I follow the train of thought. I would still be on board with an Evans selection here. Stevie Johnson and Mike Williams are seemingly on a year to year contract at this point. Unless either or both players have outstanding seasons and or agree to restructure their contracts after the season they'll likely be cut. Thus having Evans next season when he can really start to have an impact makes a lot of sense.
Daniel Jeremiah CJ Mosley ILB, Alabama
"Mosley and Kiko Alonso would form one of the top young linebacker duos in the league."
Some what surprising pick here but I can never disagree with a defensive pick here (outside of yet another CB). This is a huge need for the Bills and could go along way in solidifying a top ten defense. The only concern is alleged franchise QB Erik Manuel still has limited weapons on offense.