With the NFL Draft days away, we continue our team mock drafts by looking at the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have eight selection’s in this years draft and are looking to add talent to a team that has failed to make the playoffs for 16 consecutive years, the longest active drought in the NFL.

Leading up to the draft there are always rumors about what each team might do, but I can guarantee you the Buffalo Bills are NOT moving up at all in the first round. They are more likely to trade down and recoup more picks. General Manager Doug Whaley has a nose for talent and has put a solid team around Rex Ryan and Co. but they are a few pieces away from actually competing in the AFC.

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1st Round (19)- Robert Nkemdiche-DL-Ole Miss

Why: Rumors of Nkemdiche’s off the field issues are exaggerated to say the least. He has never failed a drug test, and when he was arrested for possession, it was in a hotel room he shared with a teammate. I won’t go into more detail, but he is not as bad as most would assume. He fits perfectly in Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme and can be a Pro Bowl caliber player at the 3-4 DE, or even as a 4-3 DT in other schemes/systems. His talent is too high not to be taken in the 1st round and if Doug Whaley and the Bills don’t pull the trigger someone else will. I don’t expect Alabama LB Reggie Ragland to fall to 19, but if he does he can also be in play for the Bills.

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2nd Round (49)- Tyler Boyd-WR-Pittsburgh

Why: One of the most successful wide receivers in college football, Boyd broke many school records formerly held by Larry Fitzgerald. The Buffalo Bills need a weapon opposite of Sammy Watkins and Boyd can take advantage of single coverage, something he did not see a lot of in his time with the Panthers. Boyd possesses speed to go with his solid 6’1 frame.

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3rd Round (80)-Kyler Fackrell-OLB-Utah State

Why: Another perfect scheme fit for a Rex Ryan led defense. Fackrell is a stand-up rush linebacker with length and agility. He is a rangy tackler who is able to shadow the ball all over the field. Has length and arm extension to punch and control the point of attack. He knows how to drop back in coverage, as he did so with the Aggies around 40% of the time. He is quickly rising draft boards.

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4th Round (117)- Vadal Alexander-OL-LSU

Why: The potential for Cordy Glenn to exit after the season is there and the Bills do not have a lot of depth along their offensive front. Alexander is a versatile lineman who can play either guard or tackle spot. He has a mammoth frame that will give him a size advantage over just about everyone he lines up against. He is at his best as a downhill blocker, which fits perfectly with the Bills run-first system.

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4th Round (139)-Kevin Hogan-QB-Stanford

Why: As a senior, Hogan completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,867 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In his good games, he looked like an early rounder; in his bad games, he looked like an undrafted free agent. With Tyrod Taylor in a crucial year for the Bills, Hogan can sit back and learn how to be an NFL QB. He doesn’t need to be rushed into game action, because if he was, he will not succeed.

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5th Round (156)-Stephane Nembot-OT-Colorado

Why: More depth on the offensive line for the Buffalo Bills with this pick. I watched a lot of Nembot being a CU Buffs fan and he will need some serious coaching, but he has all the physical tools to have a long NFL career. Standing at 6’6 322lbs he made the switch from defensive line to offense literally in the middle of a game and was the Buffs RT/LT for the next 36 games. He has only been playing football since his Junior year in HS and if he had to step in and play as a rookie, nothing good would come of it. Sit back and learn the position.

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6th Round (192)-Deon Bush-S-Miami(FL)

Why: Bush is a hard-hitting safety who is a force against the run. He lacks coverage skills and will likely make an NFL team due to his play on special teams. He provides depth to the Bills safety position, but won’t see much PT year one.

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6th Round (218)-Darion Griswold-TE-Arkansas State

Why: Depth and competition never hurt anyone and Griswold can provide that. While his stats don’t jump off the screen, he is a thick-bodied TE who was all-state in basketball, showing he can body up and catch the ball in traffic. Decent run blocker, who has the potential to be a starting-caliber TE in the NFL.

Draft Notes: 

The Bills dealt their seventh-round pick, 240th overall, to the Minnesota Vikings as part of the Matt Cassel trade in March 2015.

2017 picks: The Bills have their full allotment of 2017 selections, aside from their seventh-round pick, which was traded to Dallas with Cassel in Sept. 2015. The Bills received the Cowboys’ 2017 fifth-round pick in that deal.

You can check out our complete Round 1 Mock Draft here.

Our team Mock Drafts are here: Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons.

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