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Mock Draft Watch 3.0

Posted Feb 11, 2014

The third edition of Mock Draft Watch, presented by M&T Bank – a rundown of the latest mock drafts compiled by buffalobills.com via local and national reporters.


MOCK DRAFT WATCH: 1.0 | 2.0

February 10 – SB Nation, Matthew Fairburn
No. 9 – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
This worked out nicely for the Bills, didn't it? The top two offensive tackles in the draft both fell into Buffalo's lap with the No. 9 pick. Many think Auburn's Greg Robinson has passed Texas A&M's Jake Matthews and will be the first tackle off the board, but Matthews still grades out as better prospect. He could slide in at right tackle for the Bills from day one.

February 7 – FOX Sports, Joel Klatt
No. 9 – LB Khalil Mack, UB
Call me sentimental, but this is too good to be true. Mack is a high motor machine and was all over the field when Buffalo traveled into the Shoe to face the Ohio State Buckeyes last fall. Mack, along with Kiko Alonso, make as good a young linebacker tandem as there is in the NFL, and it doesn’t hurt that he can get after the QB.

February 6 – SI.com, Doug Farrar
No. 9 – LB CJ Mosley, Alabama
Mosley and Kiko Alonso in the same defense? Seems unfair to the rest of the AFC East, but that’s how it goes sometimes. This is high for a linebacker, but you don’t see a lot of linebackers with Mosley’s range, versatility and field awareness. Putting him in this defense would give the Bills one unreal base front seven, and allow the team to play nickel and dime with impunity, because the linebackers would be flying all over the place

February 6 – ESPN.com, Mel Kiper
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Analysis: The injuries to EJ Manuel last season would make you think pass-blocking has to be a priority, but where the Bills' offensive line was really bad was in creating any push in the run game. You don't just protect a young QB by creating a pretty pocket, it's also nice when he can hand the ball off with any reasonable sense of optimism. Matthews will help. I suspect he'd jump in right away at right tackle and succeed -- he can play left or right -- and his ability to finish as a run-blocker could pay early dividends.

February 6 – ESPN.com, Todd McShay
No. 9 – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Analysis: The Bills have more pressing needs than wide receiver, including offensive line (specifically guard and right tackle), tight end (if Scott Chandler is not re-signed) and safety (if Jairus Byrd is not re-signed), but pairing young and developing QB EJ Manuel with the top receiver in this year's class might be too tempting to pass up. Watkins is a physical receiver with a big-time second gear who is very competitive when the ball is in the air. Texas A&M's Mike Evans would also make a lot of sense, as his size would provide a good complement to the smaller, faster receivers on Buffalo's roster.

February 5 – Bleacher Report, Jesse Reed
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
It's never sexy drafting an offensive lineman in Round 1, but Buffalo would be foolish to pass on a top-five player like Jake Matthews at this point. EJ Manuel needs better protection, anyway, and Matthews would slide in at left tackle from Day 1.

February 4 – CBS Sports, Rob Rang
No. 9 – LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
With Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and impressive rookie Kiko Alonso leading the way, the Bills quietly emerged as one of the NFL's top defenses in 2013 - at least against the pass. While ranking second in sacks (57) and fourth overall against the pass, the Bills fell short against the run, allowing 128.9 yards per run, fifth-worst in the NFL. Mack, the all-time leader in FBS history with 16 forced fumbles and tied for the all-time lead with 75 career tackles for loss over his career, would make sense from a schematic and geographic perspective.

February 4 – CBS Sports, Dane Brugler
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
The Bills need to add a big, physical presence in the receiving game, whether at wide receiver or tight end. Ebron is a freak athlete who will instantly help the Bills offense and second-year quarterback EJ Manuel.

February 4 – Sporting News, Eric Galko
No. 9 – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
Buffalo has the star power in their front seven, with Mario Williams, Marcel Dareus, and defensive rookie of the year candidate Kiko Alonso. Adding Barr would give this team an even further leg up as a pass rushing unit. Barr could end up as the best defensive player in this draft with time, as he’s only played the defensive side of the ball for two years.

February 3 – SB Nation, Dan Kadar
No. 9 – T Greg Robinson, Auburn
Erik Pears is a less-than-ideal right tackle, and Robinson could be viewed as a relative steal with the ninth pick. The Bills need to keep E.J. Manuel healthy going forward given his growing knee injury history. Having two very good offensive tackles would go a long way in doing that. Robinson made his name at Auburn as a devastating run blocker, but he's a good enough athlete to handle pass rushers as well. Some even grade him out higher than Matthews.

February 2 – Bleacher Report, Matt Miller
No. 9 – T Greg Robinson, Auburn
The Buffalo Bills are a young team on the rise, but entering the 2014 offseason, they're pressured to hit a home run to close the gap in the AFC East. With the No. 9 overall pick in the draft, they have an opportunity to do that.

Looking at the team's needs, there truly aren't many positions where an established starter or young player isn't in place. The first impression is that adding a linebacker makes sense, but the value isn't great with the current players on the board. Cornerback has been an up-and-down position, but the team has invested in Stephon Gilmore, Ron Brooks and Nickell Robey at that spot. It's a need, but not a first-round need. 

That leaves offensive tackle, where Cordy Glenn has done a solid job holding down the left tackle position for two seasons. Glenn isn't a bad player by any means, but is this the best the offensive line could look? Adding a blue-chip tackle prospect does make sense.

That's where Greg Robinson comes in. The big, nasty Auburn blocker is a dominant run-blocker and jaw-dropping athlete coming off the ball. He's raw when it comes to timing and punching in the passing game, but you can't coach his quickness and balance. Robinson could very well be the No. 2 player off the board, which makes him a value at No. 9 and a need pick for the Bills.

Whether it's Glenn at left and Robinson at right or vice versa, the Bills offense will be much better with these two monsters protecting the edges.

Second round -TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington.