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Six Players the Bills Could Draft on Day Two
Here are a few under the radar prospects that Buffalo could select for Day Two. I used ‘under the radar’ to mean players that the Bills haven’t typically been linked with for these picks (actually I pretty much just left out Justin Hunter and the top few cornerbacks on the board). The Bills have picks 41 and 46 in the second round, and pick 78 in the third.
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford – Widely considered to be the second best tight end in this draft, Ertz is a solid receiver who had a breakout season last year with 898 yards and six touchdowns. He is good route runner that separates him well in space, but is considered an average-to-below-average athlete for the position. His Scouts Inc. scouting report literally says “Not a partier and not a drinker”, which means he probably has his head on straight, but might not fit in with Buffalo (lulz).
Menelik Watson, T, Florida State – Part of me thinks this won’t happen, part of me thinks this is the kind of guy Buddy would like. He’s extremely long and athletic, much in the mold of other tackles the Bills have taken recently (Zebrie Sanders and Chris Hairston). I feel like Buddy only draft offensive lineman that have some physical characteristic that you can’t find on the waiver wire. The problem is that Nix usually drafts players with significant experience as football players. Watson has started only one year at Florida State, and has only played two years of football in his life (Watson spent most of his life in England).
Robert Woods, WR, USC – Woods was highly productive wide receiver for USC, although he got overshadowed by teammate Marqise Lee in his final season. Woods was a playmaker in every sense of the term for Souther Cal, but doesn’t quite possess anything physically to wow scouts. He has good height but definitely below elite (just under 6’1), has adequate speed but is not a burner, and has the jumping ability to make plays but certainly isn’t Randy Moss. I think he’s going to be a good receiver in the NFL, but might not be the fit for the Bills’ system that Justin Hunter is.
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU – The Bills usually stay reasonably clear of guys with potential character issues, but Buddy loves his cornerbacks and loves his southeastern athletes. Mathieu could be (and probably will be) an excellent nickel corner in the NFL and also a dangerous return man. I don’t think the Bills will use one of the second round picks on him, but if he’s around for their third round pick I think Buddy might take the risk with him.
Brian Winters, G, Kent State – Winters started all four years at Kent State including two years at right tackle and one at left tackle. Has short arms that probably make him more of a guard prospect. He is intriguing because Buffalo brought him in last week after the visiting process was basically thought to be over. He’s physical and an above-average run and pass blocker for this group of guards.
Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech – Very productive receiver who formerly played for the Tennessee Vols. From an on-the-field perspective he might be my favorite receiver in the draft. I truly believe that if he was still playing for Tennessee and didn’t have off-the-field problems he would have been taken ahead Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter. Unfortunately, he was arrested outside of a bar before he even began his Tennessee career, and later failed three school-administered drug tests (he says it was marijuana). He is another player that the Bills brought in for a private workout, probably to see if he has the character and work ethic to make it in the NFL.