Mock Draft Watch 11.0

Posted May 4, 2014

The 11th edition of Mock Draft Watch – a rundown of the latest mock drafts compiled by via local and national NFL reporters.

May 2 –, Bucky Brooks

No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC 
No. 41 – DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State 
No. 73 – T Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee 
No. 109 – LB Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA

May 2 – CBS Sports, Will Brinson
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
Grabbing Ebron gives EJ Manuel another weapon without the Bills having to reach for a wide receiver.

April 29 –, Mel Kiper
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
No move here. I think Matthews is a good fit based on the need and certainly lines up based on value. He's arguably the best player available here at any position and makes the Bills better. You can draft Matthews and keep Cordy Glenn at left tackle because Matthews has handled both tackle positions effectively. He's a big plus in the run game and is going to upgrade the protection for E.J. Manuel, which is of the utmost importance.

April 29 –, Todd McShay
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
I've heard from three league sources in the past week that the Bills are trying to trade up. If they do make a move, it'll likely be to land Clowney, Robinson or Watkins. But if stuck at No. 9 in this scenario, I think it'd come down to Lewan and TE Eric Ebron, and their need to protect second-year QB EJ Manuel would be the overriding factor (the Bills allowed 48 sacks in 2013, tied for fourth most in the NFL). I don't love the fit because both Lewan and Cordy Glenn are left tackles, but if they made this pick, they'd have to be comfortable with moving one to right tackle.

April 29 – Houston Chronicle, John McClain
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
He’ll do a terrific job of protecting second-year QB EJ Manuel.

April 29 – Sports on Earth, Mike Tanier, Dan Pompei and Russ Lande
Tanier: No. 9 – CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (Mike Tanier)
The Bills are the worst team in the NFL with the best ideas. They are like Edith Keeler from Star Trek, trying to embrace modern science and clothe the needy but accidentally allowing the Nazis to win World War II. As such, they are a difficult team to shop for, because they seem to have all sorts of gadgets and appliances they are not sure how to use. Dennard gives them a plug 'n' play cornerback. You can never have enough of those.

Pompei:  No.9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
The talent definitely drops off in this range, which is why the Bills are interested in moving up. Lewan is a solid pick though, certainly as solid as any player remaining. The Bills also could look at players like C.J. Mosley, Eric Ebron or Barr if he still is not taken. Hardly anyone suspects they will go for a quarterback, but the possibility should not be completely dismissed. It's kind of difficult to picture Johnny Football in Buffalo, but it was kind of difficult to picture Jim Kelly there before he came over from the USFL.

Lande:  No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michgan
The Bills offense will not succeed if EJ Manuel does not develop, which requires better protection from the rush. Young left tackle Cordy Glenn has elite talent and is on the verge of being one of the better blindside blockers in the league, but the right side of their line is not as talented. Lewan is a premier athlete who was highly productive starting throughout his career at Michigan and would immediately upgrade their right tackle situation. With Glenn and Lewan manning the tackle spots and Eric Wood at center, the Bills offensive line could be their strength for the next decade

Tanier: No. 41 – S jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
Forget Jairus Byrd, Bills fans! Ward is more of an in-the-box safety, but he sometimes looks like he is in two places at once and has an even greater knack than Byrd for showing up in the general vicinity of ball.

Pompei:  No.41 – TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
If the Bills are going to commit to EJ Manuel, they need to give him some help. A pass-catching tight end can be a quarterback's best friend. Amaro has the height, speed and receiving ability to have a significant impact on the Bills' passing game. Some think he could be gone by this point, and might even be taken in the first round. The Bills also could use a safety to help offset the loss of Jairus Byrd. Jimmie Ward is likely to be gone. Could they be tempted by Deone Bucannon?

Lande:  No. 41 – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Trading for troubled receiver Mike Williams gives the Bills potential at receiver, and while Scott Chandler is a solid, workmanlike tight end, he is not a dynamic offensive weapon. Seferian-Jenkins has the length, athleticism, receiving skills and ability to make big plays running after the catch to help a young quarterback. When you add in his production as a blocker, he has all the tools to be a front-line starting tight end for a long time.

April 28 – CBS Sports, Rob Rang
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
A four-year starter at left tackle for the Wolverines, Lewan possesses exciting length, athleticism and the mean streak necessary to start immediately in the NFL. Whether pushing Cody Glenn to the right side or switching positions, himself, his addition would provide an upgrade over current Bills' right tackle Eric Pears, providing young quarterback E.J. Manuel the bookend blockers to aid in his development.

April 28 – CBS Sports, Dane Brugler
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
A former offensive lineman and offensive line coach, Doug Marrone will have a tough time passing on the toughness and grit that Lewan brings to the field.

April 28 – SB Nation, Dan Kadar
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
Although Ebron may not be a wide receiver, he'll act as one in Buffalo's offense. He and Scott Chandler can be on the field at the same time with Ebron in the slot or out wide.

April 25 – CBS Sports, Will Brinson
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
They like Cordy Glenn but EJ Manuel needs all the protection he can get. Matthews gives them some flexibility on moving personnel around on the line.

April 24 –, Brian Baldinger
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC The Bills have pretty good wide receivers, but tight end is a big need. Ebron would really help that offense and its young quarterback, EJ Manuel.