Posted April 18, 2014

Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Tracker

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Buffalo Bills 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Khalil Mack, Buffalo (David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

What will the Buffalo Bills do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 9: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

We said: 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.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 9: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

We said: North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron continues to get a lot of linkage to the Bills, but the top priority in Buffalo seems to be protecting second-year quarterback EJ Manuel, who was sidelined twice by knee injuries during his rookie season. Lewan just seems like a natural pick for the Bills’ no-nonsense head coach Doug Marrone, a former offensive line coach. He carries a top-10 grade and would give the Bills the flexibility of either starting him at right tackle, or flopping starting left tackle Cordy Glenn to the right side.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 9: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

We said: Kiko Alonso proved to be a superstar as a rookie, but the Bills would love to move him outside, making their front seven more diverse. Mack would absolutely allow them to do so as he possesses the ability to line up just about everywhere, including at edge rusher, with his pass-rush skills.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 9: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

We said: Robinson to Cleveland and Matthews to Buffalo changed the look of this mock. Neither team would object. Matthews is arguably a top-five talent landing at No. 9, and he would allow the Bills to get RT Erik Pears out of the starting lineup.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 9: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

We said: North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron or Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans might be tempting as big-play targets, but the Bills would be wise to make sure they have better protection for injury-prone second-year quarterback EJ Manuel than he experienced as a rookie. Lewan could be a rock-solid Day 1 starter at right tackle, or on the left if the Bills shift Cordy Glenn to the right side. Lewan has the aggressive and physical style of play that ex-line coach Doug Marrone, now the Bills head coach, can truly appreciate.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 9: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

We said: 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.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 9: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

We said: What seems to be the likely loss of Jairus Byrd could force the Bills to hunt for a Round 1 safety, either here or after a trade down. Yet, sooner or later, this team needs to find more oomph on offense — EJ Manuel’s future depends on it. Ebron would offer a dynamic option in the passing game.

Round 2, pick 41: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

We said: The Bills nab a replacement for Jairus Byrd in Ward, a do-everything player at the backend.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 9: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

We said: The Bills hit on both Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in last year’s draft, so receiver isn’t a top priority in any scenario. But the way this board breaks, with the draft’s two best offensive tackles and two best linebackers already gone, Buffalo’s best choices in terms of need might be Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron or a top-rated safety like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama. But either the explosive Watkins or the big-bodied Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans would be another weapon in second-year quarterback E.J. Manuel’s arsenal, and there’s no such thing as overkill in that regard.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 9: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

We said: 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.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 9: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

We said: I’ll throw out two names here: Ebron and Mike Evans. The biggest variable they have in common? Size. Ebron runs 6-foot-4, 245 pounds; Evans 6-5, 225. If the Bills look to bolster their offense here, they will want to find a tall, red-zone target to complement a relatively average-sized group.

After seeing potential in both Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin, a second- and third-round pick, respectively, in 2013, rounding out the offense with the dangerous Ebron fits.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 9: Khalil Mack, OLB/DE, Buffalo

We said: Count the Bills as a possible landing spot here for someone like, oh, TE Eric Ebron —  a matchup nightmare for defenses and a safety net for a young QB like EJ Manuel. But in Mack the Bills would add an athletic edge player to complement rising star Kiko Alonso inside. Mack’s abilities would allow defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to be even more creative with his hybrid D.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 13: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

We said: Mario Williams remains an imposing pass-rusher at defensive end, but the Bills are still trying to find him a little help. Barr very well may come off the board in the top 10 — maybe even top five — come May. The early QB run pushes him down here, and the Bills reap the benefits by nabbing the still-developing former running back.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 7: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

We said: Oh, look, an elite player from Alabama. Mosley can do it all — he had 107 tackles and a pair of interceptions last season — and would give Buffalo another dynamite young player to pair with 2013 second-rounder Kiko Alonso.

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