Mock Draft Watch 5.0

Posted Mar 11, 2014

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

March 10 –SB Nation, Dan Kadar
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Jake Matthews doesn’t quite have the upside that Greg Robinson does as an offensive tackle, and that may cause him to slide a bit on draft day. It’s tough to see the Bills passing on Matthews, though. Matthews has experience playing both left and right tackle, and with Buffalo’s need on the right side of the line, that versatility will be appealing. Consider this the farthest spot Matthews should fall.

No. 41 – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
The Buffalo Bills need to add another weapon to the passing game, but rather than spend a top 10 pick to do so, Buffalo adds one of the most dynamic tight ends in the draft at pick 41. Austin Seferian-Jenkins has some injury issues, but he’s still a talented pass catcher with impressive body control.

No. 73 – LB Telvin Smith, Florida State
Kiko Alonso had an outstanding rookie season, and now the Bills need to find another linebacker to play alongside him. Telvin Smith is another athletic guy who would fit into what the Bills are building on defense.

March 8 – FOX Sports, Charlie Campbell
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
The Bills have to replace right tackle Erik Pears this offseason. Lewan could play right tackle, or Buffalo could put him at left tackle and flip Cordy Glenn to the right side.

Lewan played well in 2013. He did a nice job against Michigan State and was consistent in his pass protection throughout the season. Lewan looked much better versus Notre Dame in Week 2 this year than he did in 2012. Lewan was impressive all night in pass protection and run blocking. He did well against the Fighting Irish's edge rushers Stephon Tuitt and Prince Shembo. AgainstConnecticut, Lewan was beaten for a sack.

2012 was Lewan's third straight season as the starter at left tackle, and he got better as the year progressed. Lewan was solid as a pass-protector and very effective as a run-blocker. The redshirt junior didn't have his best games against Alabama or Ohio State, but he wasn't dominated by Jadeveon Clowney in the Outback Bowl. The Wolverines tackle held his own and had his share of wins. Lewan was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection in 2011.

The 6-foot-7, 309-pounder is a good run-blocker with the athleticism to be a pass-protector. He should fill out his frame, but has ideal length and athleticism. Lewan has some upside and just needs more development.

March 7 – CBS Sports, Will Brinson
No. 9 – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
Weapons for EJ Manuel should be a serious consideration here, but they also need to beef up the linebacking corps and continue to generate a pass rush. Barr is raw but he could be a dominant pass-rushing force at the NFL level if properly refined.

March 6 –, Todd McShay
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Eric Ebron would be an interesting pick here, as would Mike Evans, because both guys are big-play weapons in the passing game with their size and ball skills. Both of whom would help young QB EJ Manuel. But I think in this scenario they'd go with a guy who can help protect Manuel in Matthews. He is versatile enough to play either tackle spot, and he's a great value here as one of the top 10 and maybe one of the top five prospects in this draft.

March 5 –, Matt Money Smith
No. 9 – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
He's slipping for no reason other than Mack is rising. A big coup for the Bills to land what is a top-five talent.

March 5 – Yahoo, Shaun King
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
The pick: Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina) – He's a dynamic matchup nightmare. Good speed, great body control and top-shelf mitts.  Another weapon to put around second-year QB EJ Manuel.

March 5 –, Doug Farrar
No. 9 – S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Let’s assume that the Bills will not be able to re-sign safety Jairus Byrd, one of the best and most underrated players in the league. If that’s the case, new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will have a serious problem on his hands, as Byrd’s ability in deep coverage allowed his predecessors to throw certain schemes at opposing offenses with impunity. Pryor is the quickest and flashiest safety in this class, and he’d be a great replacement for Byrd over time.

March 5 – CBS Sports, Pete Prisco
No. 9 – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
They will give E.J. Manuel all the weapons to succeed. This would be a great pick.

March 4 –, Bucky Brooks
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
The Bills desperately need a playmaker in the middle of the field to foster EJ Manuel's development. Ebron is the most athletic tight end in the draft, with the size and athleticism to make life easier for the Bills' franchise quarterback.

March 4 – CBS Sports, Pat Kirwan
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Doug Marone is an offensive line coach by trade and he knows 6-foot-8 offensive tackles with athletic ability and a nasty streak don't come along that often.  EJ Manuel will be better with Lewan on the field.

March 3 – Buffalo News, Jay Skurski
No. 9 – T Jake Matthew, Texas A&M
The Bills opt to rebuild the offensive line first, then see what kind of receivers are left in Round 2. Matthews has great bloodlines - his father, Bruce, is a Hall of Famer - and would help both the rushing and passing attacks for the Bills. Should the Bills elect to cut Erik Pears in the interest of salary cap space between now and the draft, I like this pick that much more. Matthews would be a Day One starter at right tackle.

March 1 – FOX Sports, Peter Schrager
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Could Ebron go in the top 10? Why not? Doug Marrone and coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's offense is a work in progress, the offensive line had a good year and Ebron has been compared to Jimmy Graham. One of Ebron's former UNC teammates who's now playing in the NFL told me he's got the potential to be an NFL game-changer. The tape doesn't lie, either. He's the real deal; a game-changer.