Mock Draft Watch 9.0

Posted Apr 19, 2014

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

April 17 –, Chris Burke
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC Not really the way the Bills want the board to fall, with two OTs, both of the top WRs, plus Mack and Clowney all gone. Dropping back might be an option; OT Taylor Lewan could be another one, with Buffalo in need of an upgrade on the right side of its line. The Ebron pick essentially accomplishes what the Bills would have been hoping for with Evans: adding a big, reliable weapon for EJ Manuel. Ebron is the top prospect at his position and a potential Pro Bowler in the near future.

No. 41 – T Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama

April 17 –, Mel Kiper
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
I just really like this fit both in scheme and need, and Matthews is the best player left on the board at this point anyway. Despite my early belief that Cordy Glenn would be better on the right side, he's been a good player at left tackle, which means Matthews likely comes in as the needed solution on the right side. The transition from left tackle to right and vice versa tends to get tossed about as something that's no big deal, but it can be a tough one for players, which makes Matthews that much more valuable, because he's demonstrated an ability to, frankly, dominate on either side.

No. 41 – DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
The pass rush is a sneaky need for the Bills, because while they have Mario Williams, they're thin on the edge if he's out. Lawrence gives them a much-needed piece to build a deeper rotation. He can have impact.

April 16 – CBS Sports, Pete Prisco
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
Their offense lacks that elite tight end to help take the pressure off outside. Ebron could do that.

April 16 – WGR 550, Joe Buscaglia
No. 9 – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
This won't be a popular pick amongst Bills fans, but Lewan fits into the mold that the Bills are trying to install on offense. He'll help as a run blocker, which will help the team's run-heavy philosophy. Eric Ebron is a very intriguing option at ninth overall, but do the Bills value tight end that highly? Both positions have their merits, but an old-school approach on offense might swing the favor back to tackle, despite him being the third-best option available in 2014.

No. 41 – DE Scot Crichton, Oregon State
As it was outlined in the 'Bills Draft Outlook' series, Buffalo should heavily consider adding a pass rusher within the first two days of the 2014 NFL Draft. Past Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes, there isn't much depth to speak of. With Hughes entering his contract year, it only justifies selecting an early round pass rusher even more. Crichton needs to develop some additional moves in rushing the passer, but he shows a great burst off the snap, violent hand usage against offensive tackles, a non-stop effort throughout games and has the length teams covet in a defensive end.

April 15 –, Bucky Brooks
No. 9 – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
The Bills could elect to take a talented tight end to help E.J. Manuel, but the defense could use a versatile SAM linebacker/pass rusher to complement Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes off the edges.

No. 41 – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
To help E.J. Manuel become more efficient in the pocket, the Bills could add a big-bodied tight end with Rob Gronkowski-like skills to the line up.

April 14 – SB Nation, Matthew Fairburn
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
Unlike some teams, the Buffalo Bills have made an effort to surround their young quarterback with as many weapons as possible. Buffalo is obviously still serious about it after kicking the tires on DeSean Jackson when he became available. While the top two wide receivers are off the board in this scenario, Eric Ebron is the type of dynamic athlete at tight end who could be a No. 1 option in the passing game.

No. 41 – WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
Why not add another weapon for the passing game? Eric Ebron is a great start toward building the offense around E.J. Manuel, and bringing in a player like Kelvin Benjamin would really help Manuel's development. Benjamin may be underdeveloped as a pass catcher and route runner, but he was one of the most physically dominant receivers in college football this season.

April 14 – CSN Philly, Geoff Mosher
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Bills need to have E.J. Manuel upright and well protected. This should help.

April 14 – CBS Sports, Dane Brugler
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
A former offensive lineman and offensive line coach, Doug Marrone will have a tough time passing on Jake Matthews if he's still on the board at this point. Matthews gives Buffalo flexibility on the offensive line.

April 14 – CBS Sports, Rob Rang
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
The addition of veteran wideout Mike Williams lessens the need for playmaking pass-catchers but doesn't eliminate it. The 6-4, 250-pound Ebron possesses eye-popping speed and agility, which could aid young E.J. Manuel's development.

April 14 – Houston Chronicle, John McClain
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
The Bills never considered that he would be available at this spot.

April 14 – Buffalo News, Jay Skurski
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
The acquisition of Williams allows the Bills to try to improve their passing game in another way. With the top two offensive tackles off the board, the Bills wait to address that position later in the draft and opt to go for a player who has drawn comparisons to San Francisco’s Vernon Davis.

No. 41 – WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
The Bills continue to add weapons for EJ Manuel. In the process, they begin preparing for the future if they decide to move on from either Stevie Johnson or Williams after this season.

April 14 – Rotoword, Josh Norris
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Doug Marrone has an offensive line background. EJ Manuel did nothing to instill confidence during his first year. He needs to be kept upright and rely on a strong running game with basic passing concepts at this point in his career.