Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford: Skov is projected as a third round pick or later, but much like Kiko Alonso the tale of the tape says a lot more than his measurables. Skov is a smart, instinctive linebacker that is strong at the point of attack and stuffing the run. Adding Skov would allow the Bills to slide Alonso to the weakside linebacker position in Jim Schwartz’s defense so he can morph into a Keith Bullock like terror. Skov’s selection instantly helps improve the run defense and others around him.
Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida: The Bills were one of the top teams in the league at intercepting passes, but still were susceptible to the big play. Purifoy brings athleticism and tackling ability to the outside. If need be, Purifoy can also play some safety. Purifoy could fall into the third round because of injury concerns, and his value at that point would be hard to pass up.
Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo: Khalil Mack may not be available when the Bills pick 9th overall, but the local UB product would be a welcome addition to the Bills. Mack is shooting up draft boards due to his ability to make the big play and be a pass rushing force. Mack’s college coach Jeff Quinn talked about how one team had four guys block Mack during a game, FOUR GUYS! There’s no doubt that Jim Schwartz could find a productive role for Mack.
Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida: This year’s defensive end class is pretty weak after the top three guys, but Lynch is an intriguing late round prospect. Lynch is an outstanding athlete, and that made him a top recruit coming out of high school. Lynch looked great at Notre Dame, but he his production fell off after transferring to USF. If the Bills feel that defensive line coach Pepper Johnson can develop Lynch’s technique and get maximum effort out of him, he’s worth a late round pick.
Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon: Terrance Mitchell is currently projected as a third round pick, but his draft stock could change depending on his pro day. Mitchell is a gambling corner that didn’t receive as much praise as his highly touted teammate, Ifo Ekpre Olomu, but Mitchell was very productive this season. In 2013, the corner recorded six interceptions and six passes defended. Mitchell is still raw and lacks top end speed, but he would add further depth to the team’s secondary.