Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Troy Niklas (85) makes a catch during the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Michigan Wolverines defeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish 41-30. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

A Buffalo Bills Complete 2014 NFL Mock Draft

The priorities are fairly clear for the Buffalo Bills heading into May.  How does the 2014 NFL mock draft shake out for them?

Round 1 – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

This is a pick they simply can’t pass on.  Jake Matthews is a prototypical tackle with the natural talent, size and strength to play on either the left or right side like he did for Texas A&M.  He comes from a football family and was an anchor for one of the best offenses in college football.

Round 2 – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU

Athletic, fast and highly instinctive characterize the game of BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy.  While he played in a 3-4 in school, the young man clearly has the athleticism to shift to the Bills’ 4-3.  Putting his playmaking skill alongside Kiko Alonso could give Buffalo a dynamic core to build around moving forward.

Round 3 – Troy Niklas – TE – Notre Dame

Notre Dame is fast becoming Tight End University.  First it was Kyle Rudolph and then Tyler Eifert.  Though he’s not quite as polished as his predecessors, Troy Niklas is molded very much in the same manner.  Not only is he big and strong enough to block he still retains the necessary speed and agility to present a premium pass target.

Round 4 – Donte Moncrief – WR – Ole Miss

Speaking of big targets, the Buffalo Bills would be absolutely giddy to land Donte Moncrief in the 4th round.  The Ole Miss receiver offers them something their other wide outs can’t:  size.  At 6’3″ he presents a wide catch radius, but beyond that his mix of route running and deceptive speed make him a nightmare to handle for defensive backs.

Round 5 – Kenny Ladler – FS – Vanderbilt

Is Jairus Byrd going to stay?  That is the question most fans and experts are asking at this point.  So it might be a good idea for the Bills to address the safety position.  Kenny Ladler brings good size and excellent diagnostic skills out of Vanderbilt.  He tackles well and has a knack for creating turnovers.

Round 6 – Cassius Marsh – DE – UCLA

Buffalo has a good pass rush but they can’t afford to not keep adding to it.  Cassius Marsh suffers from inconsistency and a little immaturity, but the UCLA defensive end has continued to show he was quietly a force for the Bruins opposite Anthony Barr.  He’s got good snap anticipation and explosion as well as the discipline to stop the run.

Round 7 – Kadeem Edwards – OG – Tennessee State

Left guard was a problem for the Buffalo Bills and while a seventh round pick might not solve it, no one should count out Kadeem Edwards.  The TennesseeState big man needs to bulk up but he has the size and athleticism required for the position along with good technique and footwork.

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  • chas territo

    Mocks are funny and pointless. Especially at this time?? From the end of the season I have endorsed Eric Ebron as our 1st pick and so far nobody has changed my mind even you. I do like Matthews but not at #9 for us, yes, he wont get past the first round. Your choice is the closest anyone has come to changing my mind tho. GO BILLS!!

    • Erik Lambert

      Glad I took a crack at it, though I feel fairly confident no tight end is going in the top ten. So if you want Ebron I expect your team will try to trade down.

    • Alex

      Also Matthews in basically any other draft year is a top five pick, if choosen he would be onour line for atleast ten years

      • MaoSayTongue

        Matthews would be okay if he’s there, but he won’t be. Paranepotisticism is rife in the Draftnik community: if his name weren’t Matthews, he wouldn’t be considered Top-5–but he’d still be Top-10.

  • MaoSayTongue

    {[DISCLAIMER: All I really know about this stuff is what I've read on the Net; I never seen most (6/11) of these players actually play, which I hope isn't too obvious]}
    I’d like the Bills to take a DT at #9: Hageman or Nix (reunite him with his Uncle Buddy).
    In the second, they should take an offensive skill guy: RB Carlos Hyde or TE Austin S-Jenkins, who will both likely be gone by then–RB may be a strength for the Bills, but Hyde brings stuff to the table I don’t think the Bills’ RB stable has. So, if Hyde nor S-Jenkins aren’t there, grab TE Troy Niklas (I don’t think he’ll make it to the 3rd).
    ILB Yahwin Smallwood should be available in the 3rd, unless he really blows the combine away. He apparently has the size and skillset to play OLB as well.
    I’d take a flyer on Colt Lyerla in the fourth, even if I got Troy Niklas already. Lyerla might drop to undrafted FA depending on his combine numbers and interviews (and court proceedings), but he could be better than any other 2014 TE–if he does a better job of hiding his stash from now on. If gambling on Lyelrla this high makes me too sick, I think CB Marqueston Huff will be a good fit for the Bills–I think he projects well to ballhawk FS, which he played some in college.
    In the 5th, 6th, or 7th rounds I’d look at OLs and WRs and DBs (Huff might fall into the 5th). Two WRs who stand out for me in the late rounds are Jeff Janis and L’Damian Washington–both are size-speed guys. Maybe take a QB, like Logan Thomas in these late rounds–y’never know.