Eli Harold just falls out of circumstance here, but the Bills will be happy to scoop him up. They have two stout pass-rushers right now in Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes, but nothing really behind them.
Pick change; previously Benardrick McKinney, ILB
Rd. 3, Pk. 17
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
The Bills signed Matt Cassel for the short term, but they obviously still need to find a quarterback of the future.
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.
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 Bills need QB bad enough that this pick makes sense. Petty may not be your typical pro QB but i feel like he will be effective enough for the Bills. He is accurate with a decent arm and he will have people to throw to in Buffalo. They also have a solid run game to help protect him at the begging.
The Bills traded away Kiko Alonso and Brandon Spikes is still a free agent. If Spikes is resigned, then this pick is no longer viable. But, as it stands the Bills need a new middle linebacker. Paul Dawson just seems like a Rex Ryan guy. He was highly productive in college and looks like he will enter the NFL with a chip on his shoulder.