Ranking the Buffalo Bills Pre-Draft Visitors so Far
The Buffalo Bills have had nineteen of their allotted thirty pre-draft visits so far. The Bills have drafted one of their visitors in the first round each of the last four years. (C.J. Spiller, Marcell Dareus, Stephon Gilmore, and E.J. Manuel) However, Robert Woods did not visit last year and he was the 41st overall selection for the Bills. There are still eleven visits that can happen in the next month and you never know who may fall on draft day. Here is a ranking of the prospects who have visited One Bills Drive so far and what their projected round is at this point.
1. Offensive Tackle Jake Matthews from Texas A&M- Projected Round 1
Jake Matthews has Hall of Fame blood running through his veins and has proven over the past two seasons that he can play on either the right or the left side while protecting Johnny Manziel. If Matthews falls to the Bills on May 8th then they should be running to the podium to announce their pick. Head coach Doug Marrone would bookend his offensive line and provide Quarterback E.J. Manuel with some actual time in the pocket.
2. Tight End Eric Ebron from North Carolina- Projected Round 1
Ebron is being compared to Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham but I wouldn’t take him with the 9th overall pick, maybe in a trade down situation the Bills can pick him up while adding picks. He has great after the catch abilities but he lacks in run-blocking skills that Coach Marrone would like to have.
3. Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from LSU- Projected Late Round 1/Round 2
There are a lot of talented wide receivers in this draft but the Bills are in the market for a big possession receiver. If Beckham Jr. is not selected in the first round then he may be in play for Buffalo with the 41st overall pick.
4. Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington- Projected Late Round1/ Round 2
Seferian-Jenkins is another great pass catching tight end who scored eight touchdowns in 2013. He could go in the first round but a foot injury held him out of the combine so look for him to slide down into the second round.
5. Outside Linebacker Ryan Shazier from Ohio State- Projected Late Round 1/ Round 2
Shazier’s draft stock is on the rise and after running a 4.4 second 40-yard dash at his pro day, he will probably find himself in the first round. If he slips into the second, the Bills could pair him with Brandon Spikes and Kiko Alonso to form an impressive front seven.
Sports-Kings Down and Distance Contributor Kyle Pierce @kylepierce28