Dean Kindig’s Latest Bills’ Draft Board

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So far, I’ve written the Scouting the Scouts article, naming every college the Bills scouts visited this year, the draftable players at those schools, and what round I think each player will be drafted, using DraftTek’s Big Board.

I followed that up at Cover 1 with the archetypes for each position, and which players fit that description. Finally, I looked at the Bills’ front office, and the drafting tendencies of each at their last job(s). Compiling all of this info, it’s time to build the Bills’ Draft Board. I want this to be interactive, so leave a comment.  A more graphic version of the draft board can be found here.

All of the players below have been scouted twice.
Players met with individually (SrBowl, Combine, Pro Day, Workouts) are in Bold.
The 30 official visits will be noted as we hear of them.

*This draft board order is strictly the informed opinion of the author, is for entertainment purposes only, and does not necessarily represent the views of the owners and writers of BillsMafia.com.

*last updated March 28

Photo of Josh Rosen from cbssports.com.

RD1, Pick A
Josh Rosen QB
Baker Mayfield QB
Sam Darnold QB
Josh Allen QB
Derrius Guice RB

Roquan Smith ILB OLB
Quenton Nelson G
Calvin Ridley WRF
Nick Chubb RB

Da’Ron Payne DL1T
Mike McGlinchey OT

JACKSONVILLE, FL – DECEMBER 30: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals looks to pass against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field on December 30, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bulldogs won 31-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

RD1, Pick B (unless you traded it away)
Lamar Jackson QB
Rashaan Evans ILB
Isaiah Oliver CB
Will Hernandez G
Kolton Miller OT
Billy Price OG OC
Harrison Phillips DT3t – selected RD3!
Quenton Meeks CB
Frank Ragnow OC OG
D.J. Chark WRF
Mike Gesicki TE
Ronnie Harrison S
Lorenzo Carter ED
Braden Smith OG

Photo of QB Mason Rudolph from bleacherreport.com.

RD2, Pick 53 and 56 (Take 2, unless you traded one or both away)
Mason Rudolph QB
Carlton Davis CB
James Washington WR
Ronald Jones II RB
Taven Bryan DT3t

Anthony Miller WR
Justin Reid S
Sony Michel RB

Photo of OLB Darius Leonard from herosports.com.

RD3, Pick 65
Darius Leonard OLB
Dante Pettis WR
Kalen Ballage RB
Dallas Goedert TE
Kerryon Johnson RB
Anthony Averett CB
Marcell Ateman WR
Scott Quessenberry OG OC
Bradley Bozeman OC
RJ McIntosh DT3t

Photo of RB Rashaad Penny from herosports.com.

RD3, Pick 96
Rashaad Penny RB
Mike White QB
Mark Walton RB
DaeSean Hamilton WR
Duke Dawson CB
Tony Brown CB
B.J. Hill DT3t

Luke Falk was 36-55 passing with 497 yards against Arizona State. Arizona State played Washington State Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA. Photo from seattletimes.com.

RD4, Pick 121
Luke Falk QB
Tyrell Crosby OT
Deontay Burnett WR
Brandon Parker OT
Jordan Lasley WR
Durham Smythe TE
Josh Adams RB
Ryan Izzo TE

Photo of ILB Mike McCray from MGoBlue.com.

RD5, Pick 166
Mike McCray ILB
Equanimeous St. Brown WR
Brandon Facyson CB
Marcus Allen SS
Kevin Toliver II CB
Kentavius Street DT3t
Kahlil McKenzie Jr DT1t
Davin Bellamy OLB
Chad Thomas ED

Photo of OLB Dorian O’Daniels from clemsontigers.com.

RD6, Pick 187
Dorian O’Daniel OLB
Darius Phillips CB
Ryan Izzo TE
Martinas Rankin OT
Jester Weah WR
Mike McCray ILB
Siran Neal SS/CB
Tre Flowers SS
Ethan Wolf TE
Levi Wallace CB
Avonte Maddox CB
Dalton Schultz TE
Chris Hawkins FS/SS

Mason Cole OC OG
Toby Weathersby OT
K.C. McDermott OT
Vyncint Smith WR

Photo of G Wilson Bell from gridironnow.com.

UDFA – Offense
Brian Allen OC OG
Wilson Bell OG

Austin Golson OC
Nic Shimonek QB
Jaylen Samuels RB
Jaryd Jones-Smith OT
Javon Wims WR
Steve Ishmael WR
Anthony Johnson WR
Jeb Blazevich TE
Andre Dillard OT
Zachary Crabtree OT

Photo of CB Keion Crossen from CatamountSports.com.

UDFA-Defense
Keion Crossen CB
Ja’Whaun Bentley ILB
Chris Hawkins FS SS
Robert Torgerson DL3T
Justin Lawler EDGE
Shaun Dion Hamilton ILB
Jason Cabinda ILB
Dominick Sanders SS
Mike Cirino NCB/KR/PR
Tre Herndon CB
Kendal Vickers DT3t

 

Editor’s babble: Big dose of gratitude to DraftTek Bills Analyst Dean Kindig for his valuable contributions to our blog. No better way to prepare for the upcoming draft than to read his assessments. You can (and should!) follow Dean on Twitter @TCBILLS_Astro.

13 Replies to “Dean Kindig’s Latest Bills’ Draft Board”

  1. The Bills need to draft Josey Jewell. He would be a huge upgrade at MLB for the Bills.

    • Dustin –

      FINALLY!!

      Why doesn’t the rest of the world get that Josey Jewell IS THE BEST 3 down linebacker in this draft? Hello, this is Shane Conlan version II…..someone who always seems to get overlooked by all of the “experts” out there, yet has a motor that doesn’t stop until the whistle.

      How do we get the Josey Jewell message out to people??

      • I don’t get it either. He was named the best defensive player in the entire Big 10 for a reason.

        • The Bills just haven’t scouted him. 0 games by scouts, no contact since. Jewell has some of the things McD looks for: team’s captain each of the last 2 seasons. Led team in tackles in 2016. Iowa’s DPOY. Butkus Watchlist.
          72 tackles in 2016-17 is fourth, so he’s in on a lot.

          My only explanation is they have the guy in their sights, either Roquan Smith at 12, Rashaan Evans (who Daboll knows) at 22, or Leighton Vander Esch (who Vallejo knows from Boise State).

  2. Dean – Awesome work my man……can u do my taxes this year too!! :)

    If we can get Penny in the third then we will be EXTREMELY lucky. If not Penny, then Royce Freeman please. Cadet is the only real back-up to Shady as the others will fill in the holes on special teams so Buffalo NEEDS a young running back to spell LeSean and prepare for his swan song soon.

    • Dean,

      No matter how good a RB may be, I cringe at the thought of taking a RB or DB at 12 (brings back terrible flashbacks of the 17 year playoff drought).

  3. I wouldn’t take Barkley at 12. RB is not a position of need right now, and you can find talent in later rounds.

    I’m also scared of all these QB’s and the capital required to get them. They all have major question marks, and none of them are worth (IMO) 2 or more first round picks. We need defensive help in the first round, and OL help in round two.

    I also hope that we have given up on the notion that you ever draft a wide receiver in round one. There’s just not enough value in a player that gets, maybe, 10 touches a game.

  4. I have seen video of Jose Jewell and I already hoping the Bills take a good look at him. I think he would be a nice fit in the middle of the defense at middle linebacker.

    • I have picked Jewell in the next DraftTek mock, which comes out April 4. He’s a lot like Preston Brown…lots of tackles but not the lateral range of Roquan, Rashaan, or Leighton.