Astro’s Bills Mock Draft – July 2020 Edition 

Photo of Temple EDGE Quincy Roche from phenommedia.net.

26: R1P26–EDGE QUINCY ROCHE, MIAMI (FL)
6’4” 235 4.54
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Roche’s 39.5 TFL, 26 sacks, and 104 tackles all lead the EDGE draft class. His 1.13 tackles for loss per game is competitive with Epenesa and Darryl Johnson. After Rousseau, he’s my top-ranked EDGE for 2021.

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Photo of Clemson OT Jackson Carman from thestate.com.

58: R2P26–OT JACKSON CARMAN, CLEMSON
6’5″ 345 5.32
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He’s 6-5, 345, so as big as a car, man! At the very worst, he’s a Pro Bowl Guard in 2 years. At best, he’s your blind-side LT for a decade. Most sites I’ve seen have him as an offensive tackle, but the OG/OT argument may be moot. The Bills can use new blood at either position.

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Photo of LSU LB Jabril Cox from nfldraftdiamonds.com.

90: R3P26–LB JABRIL COX, LSU
6’2″ 233 4.55
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Just when you think LSU is short for linebackers, having lost Phillips and Queen, BOOM! Jabril Cox transfers in from national-title-winning North Dakota State. Cox is second in this draft class in TFLs per game to top 10 OLB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and can play WILL or SAM –important if you happen to be thinking of letting Milano walk. Cox will have a learning curve stepping up to LSU opponents this year, as the angles he took at NDSU won’t work vs. SEC offenses, but the Bills reap the benefits of a RD3 selection where he can learn from A.J Klein and Tyler Matakevich, play special teams, and grow into the position.Make sure you watch Jabril Cox in snowy games at NDSU. He looks right at home:

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Photo of Florida CB Trey Dean III from orlandosentinel.com.

158: R5P16–CB TREY DEAN III, FLORIDA
6’2″ 194 4.42
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One of my Top 10 DBs, the long, tall Dean demonstrated he could play at a high level by stepping in for Marco Wilson on the outside following Wilson’s torn ACL. He’s limited to a specific skill set where he’s at his best covering the flats and seams and setting the edge against the run. He can also blitz well. Using their zone, the Bills can take advantage of Dean’s skillset better than most. He’s also versatile enough to play nickel, as he did as a sophomore when Vosean Joseph was there.

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Photo of Alabama C Landon Dickerson (#69) from 247sports.com.

168: R5P26–C LANDON DICKERSON, ALABAMA
6’6″ 308 5.34
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Landon is a towering pivot for the Crimson Tide. His game can be described as tough, smart, relentless, and no-nonsense, and Alabama’s grad transfer from Florida State is going to appeal to McDermott and Frazier for those reasons. When asked if he plays with a mean streak, Dickerson reflects, “I wouldn’t say it is mean….I just like to play football how I think it should be played. That’s just playing through the whistle. Simple as that.” The Bills wouldn’t expect any more or any less from Mitch Morse’s heir apparent.
Dickerson helped Najee Harris run for 6.0 yards a pop in 2019 against AP-ranked teams. Watch #69 at Center vs LSU’s NT Tyler Shelvin:

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Photo of Notre Dame LG Aaron Banks from 247sports.com.

206: R6P26–LG AARON BANKS, NOTRE DAME
6’6″ 325 5.24
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McDermott believes that it all starts up front. Banks allowed only 2 sacks in the 844 snaps he saw all last season. He fires out low and square, with palpable strength in his upper body while keeping himself centered over his feet. Watch Banks, the LG ( #69) alongside top-four LT Liam Eichenberg (#74) here:

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Photo of Florida State FS Jaiden Woodbey from 247sports.com.

226: R7P2–FS JAIDEN WOODBEY, FLORIDA STATE
6’3″ 223 4.44
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His stature is super-sized for a Free Safety, but he’s had corner experience as well for the Seminoles, Woodbey might give Taron and Siran a run at Nickel, too. He lost most of last season with a knee injury and has played out of position up to this point in his career. FSU’s new staff first put Woodbey at his natural position (Safety) with Hamsah Nasirildeen. Then Woodbey was working with the middle linebackers. The Bills are experts at picking players despite their (wrong) positions played in college (Ed Oliver says hi). I like Woodbey’s philosophy that football and academics are one and the same –both are meant to be practiced and played full-out. He’s smart (3.3 average in International Affairs, focus in Urban and Regional Development). He’ll begin a second degree in Modern Languages. Fluent in Portuguese, he’s signed up for classes in French, and wants to learn 3 languages by the time he’s 21. Coaches will love his reflective self-study as he strives to be the best Jaiden Woodbey he can be.

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Editor’s babble: What’s with all these 6’4″ free safeties? Would love to see one of them behind Tremaine Edmunds someday. Thanks, as always… to Dean Kindig for his fabulous contributions to our blog. We will sorely miss his notes from training camp this year. You can find Dean on Twitter @TCBILLS_Astro.