Mock Draft Watch 12.0

Posted May 7, 2014

The 12th and final edition of Mock Draft Watch – a rundown of the latest mock drafts compiled by via local and national NFL reporters.

May 7 – USA Today, Nate Davis
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Projection: Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan — Clearly the best player on the board in this scenario, and he'd bookend nicely with 2012 second-round T Cordy Glenn. Sophomore QB EJ Manuel could definitely use the protection.
Possibility: Manuel could also use a seam-scorching, red-zone target to spark the passing game. Translation — Ebron.

May 7 – Buffalo News, Jay Skurski
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
With Watkins gone early, the Bills elect to stay put. Serious consideration will be given to Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin, but ultimately Ebron’s play-making ability wins out. The Bills finished 28th in the NFL in passing offense last year. Ebron’s addition is a big step toward improving that.

May 6 – Sportsnet, Jeff Simmons
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
EJ Manuel had a rough rookie season so the Bills need to put more weapons around him. Mike Williams was already added in a deal with Tampa but he’s in the final year of his contract. With this pick, the Bills add another big deep threat down the middle of the field.

May 6 –, Charles Davis
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
Bills need to help young QB EJ Manuel, and the best TE in the draft will provide.

May 6- MMQB, Greg Bedard
No. 9 TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Scott Chandler is a solid tight end but the Bills can and need to do better at the position. Ebron’s ceiling is very high. This is not too early for him.

May 6 - MMQB, Peter King
No.9 OT Taylor Lewan,Michigan
Bills stunned that Lewan’s still hanging around, and they pass on tight end Eric Ebron, who could be a great security blanket for E.J. Manuel. Keep in mind that GM Doug Whaley is very much open for business here, and could trade down and still get another guy they love: Odell Beckham.

May 5 – Grantland, Bill Barnwell
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
No. 41 – S Deone Bucannon, Washington State
When was the last time the Bills had a top-10 tight end? Probably the early ’90s, when Wabash product Pete Metzelaars was catching passes from Jim Kelly. And if it’s not Metzelaars, the best Buffalo tight end in history might very well be Paul Costa, who made two AFL All-Star teams before moving to right tackle. Which leads us to Ebron, who would certainly have the biggest pedigree of any tight end in Bills history, and he would be a much-needed weapon for second-year passer EJ Manuel. The Bills need a safety after Jairus Byrd left for New Orleans, and while Bucannon profiles best as a run-stopper in the box, the Bills could comfortably move re-signed starter Aaron Williams from the strong spot into Byrd’s vacated center-field role.

May 5 – Bleacher Report, Matt Miller
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Jake Matthews is the type of player you'd pick No. 1 overall in most drafts—in fact, he would have been in the running for the first choice in last year's draft with Eric Fisher and teammate Luke Joeckel. Now, one year more developed and having spent a season at left tackle, he's ready for the pros.

Matthews is interesting in that he can legitimately play any of the five positions on the offensive line and play them well. Some teams I've spoken to like him as an All-Pro candidate at center, while others see a Joe Thomas-like technician at left tackle.

The Bills can use him and Cordy Glenn at either tackle position and have one of the best young duos at tackle in the game.

May 5 – Associated Press, Barry Wilner
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Bills were hoping for Evans, also will consider other wideouts from deep class, then opt for just what coach Doug Marrone likes most: a rugged offensive lineman.

May 5 –, Charley Casserly
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
Ebron gives the Bills a threat at tight end. Best player available at this point in the draft.

May 5 –, Daniel Jeremiah
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Matthews would team up with Cordy Glenn to give the Bills an outstanding set of young offensive tackles.

May 5 – Football Perspective, Chase Stuart
No. 9 – T Greg Robinson, Auburn
The Bills are ecstatic to see Robinson still on board at pick nine. Buffalo doesn’t get much hype because it’s, well, Buffalo, but the Bills have one of the fastest offenses in the league in more ways than one. EJ Manuel, C.J. SpillerT.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin are among the fastest players in the NFL at their positions, and Buffalo trailed only the Eagles in offensive pace in 2013. Robinson, who ran the 2nd fastest adjusted 40 (behind Clowney) of any player at the Combine, is a perfect fit after a year in training with Gus Malzahn’s super up-tempo offense.

Cordy Glenn is an underrated player at left tackle, but the Bills can either move Glenn or slide Robinson in on the right side. Either way, Robinson not only fits a need in more ways than one, but he’s also a value pick thanks to three quarterbacks going in the top six.

May 5 – SB Nation, Ryan Van Bibber
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
The talk last week was that the Bills wanted to trade up, possibly to get Watkins. So watch for that. With Watkins and Evans off the board in this scenario, the Bills find another playmaker for their offense. Buffalo feels like a team that should be much better this year. With Ebron, the Bills will have an explosive roster on offense; it's up to EJ Manuel to take a big leap forward in his second season.

May 3 – LA Times, Sam Farmer (Bills pick made by the Buffalo News)
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC "The Bills are gathering weapons for second-year quarterback EJ Manuel, and while they've gotten some production out of incumbent Scott Chandler, the Bills haven't had a do-it-all tight end since forever."