The Bills signed Matt Cassel for the short term, but they obviously still need to find a quarterback of the future.
Pick change; previously Brett Hundley, QB
Rd. 3, Pk. 17
D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
What I wrote in my 2016 NFL Mock Draft can be applied here:
The Bills may have to look at the cornerback position in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Stephon Gilmore will enter free agency the month before, while Leodis McKelvin will be a 31-year-old heading into his contract season.
Rd. 5, Pk. 19
John Miller, G, Louisville
The Bills have a shaky guard situation with the pedestrian Chris Williams and troubled Richie Incognito slated to start on the interior.
The Bills could use some competition at tackle and guard. Tomlinson could give Buffalo an upgrade at guard.
Tomlinson (6-3, 323) is a gifted athlete with some agility and quickness for a big blocker. He carries his weight well and has some strength to him. Tomlinson started every game he played for the Blue Devils from his freshman season on. Tomlinson was a two-time ACC All-Academic selection, too.
Tomlinson held his own and was impressive at times against Florida State in 2013's ACC Championship Game. Tomlinson has recoverability skills. Even if a defender has a step or leverage on him, Tomlinson has the strength and quickness to take it away. He could continue to use some refinement, but he has upside and physicality to him.
Rd. 3, Pk. 17
Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
The Bills could use a young quarterback to develop in case E.J. Manuel doesn't pan out.
NFL sources have identified Grayson as a sleeper prospect who has really impressed them. Grayson (6-2, 213) has a quality arm that can make all the throws with developing accuracy. He has some mobility to make throws on the run, too. Grayson's character receives high marks as he is viewed as a good teammate and is happy to serve as a backup while developing. Grayson had a quality week at the Senior Bowl and was the best quarterback in Mobile.
Grayson completed 65 percent of his passes in 2014 for 4,006 yards with 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He threw for over 400 yards in back-to-back games against Boise State and UC Davis. Grayson had the most efficient passing game of any quarterback in the nation this season as he completed 18-of-21 passes for 390 yards with five touchdowns against Wyoming. In 2013, Grayson completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,696 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Petty makes sense here and here is why: He is seen as a great thrower and an intelligent QB. He is more pro ready than hundley and posseses more potential than Grayson. With Petty, Manuel, and Cassel battling for the QB position, the Bills would feel fine with whoever came out of that on top.
The Bills could go offensive or defensive line here; their tackles were poor last year, but tackles Seantrell Henderson and Cyrus Kouandijo were both rookies, so Rex Ryan could opt to give them one more season. Guard is just a mess, which Tomlinson would help sort out by starting right away.
The offseason hasn't been the best for Paul Dawson, but the tape shows a player who knows what he is doing and someone who can make an impact. The Bills will need to add someone to replace Kiko Alonso and Brandon Spikes.
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Rd. 2, Pk. 18
Ronald Darby, CB,
Not a quarterback! It's a victory for the Bills, who sounded like they were getting duped by Bryce Petty. There was discussion that Ronald Darby could go at the end of the first or top of the second round, so Buffalo is getting a steal at No. 50. The Bills have some expiring contracts at the position in the near future, so Darby should be able to step in as the starter as early as 2016.
Rd. 3, Pk. 17
John Miller, G,
I had John Miller going to the BillC+ Grade
I had John Miller going to the Bills - but in the fifth round. Having said that, I don't think this is a bad pick, or anything. I had Miller going a bit later than I wanted to, so Buffalo is reaching by about a round. Still, the Bills are filling a big need on the interior of their offensive line, so I don't have a problem with this selection. s - but in the fifth round. Having said that, I don't think this is a bad pick, or anything. I had Miller going a bit later than I wanted to, so Buffalo is reaching by about a round. Still, the Bills are filling a big need on the interior of their offensive line, so I don't have a problem with this selection.
Rd. 5, Pk. 19
Karlos Williams, RB,
A very "meh" selection by the Bills at this spot. Karlos Williams can catch passes out of the backfield, but he's just not an effective runner. The question needs to be asked, though: How many running backs does this team need?
Rd. 6, Pk. 12
Tony Steward, OLB,
Another player I didn't have drafted, Tony Steward is just going to play on special teams. If he sees the field as a linebacker, it'll be because there are numerous injuries ahead of him. Steward will help the special-teams unit, but Buffalo could have obtained him or a similar prospect in Round 7 or the UDFA signing spree.
Rd. 6, Pk. 18
Nick O'Leary, TE,
The Bills sure love their Florida State products. I wasn't a fan of Karlos Williams, but Nick O'Leary makes a lot more sense. The Bills signed Charles Clay this offseason, but he's an H-back rather than a real tight end, so Buffalo was looking to address the position. O'Leary could have gone in the third round, so Buffalo is getting a steal.
Rd. 7, Pk. 17
Dezmin Lewis, WR,
This is one of my favorite picks in the seventh round. I had Dezmin Lewis going early in the fourth frame, so this is incredible value for Buffalo. Lewis was discussed by some as the next Cecil Shorts, so I wouldn't be surprised if he contributes for the Bills at some point.