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Bills Daily 2007 Draft Board

Here is the Bills draft board for the class of 2007. The links in each player's name takes you to expert analysis about the player. Check out our player capsules for each of the Bills selections and our final grade!

Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  1  12   12 RB Marshawn Lynch California
  2    2**   34 LB Paul Posluszny Penn St.
  3  29*   92 QB Trent Edwards Stanford
  4  12  111 RB Dwayne Wright Fresno St.
  6  10  184 S John Wendling Wyoming
  7  12  222 TE Derek Schouman Boise St.
  7  29*  239 DE C.J. Ah You Oklahoma

*-acquired from Baltimore in Willis McGahee trade
**-acquired in draft day deal with Detroit for the 43nd (2nd round) and 74th (3rd round) picks in the draft.


1) RB Marshawn Lynch California 5-11½, 215, 4.46 - Lynch has a good combination of power and speed. He is a very tough inside runner and has enough to speed to get around the corner. He has above average hands and is a good receiver out of the backfield. Does not have burner speed to go to the distance. Not very shifty to make people miss but he can carry them once they hit him. Lynch can be everything Willis McGahee wasn't, able to get extra yards when a hole doesn't exist and be a weapon in the passing game. He will start opening day but will only get about 20 carries a game.

2) LB Paul Posluszny Penn St. 6-1, 238, 4.63 - Posluszny was a steal in the 2nd round, the Bills had him rated in their top three prospects. He has good height and but could use to add a bit more size to his frame. Does know how to back pedal into coverage if he is playing the middle but needs to hone his skills in pass coverage. He plays with great toughness and intensity. Very hard worker and intelligent. He has played both inside and outside for Penn St. He will most likely play the middle linebacker position for the Bills and expect him in the lineup on opening day.

3) QB Trent Edwards Stanford 6-4, 231, 4.76 - Edwards has good size and is strong with good arm strength. Has good zip on the ball but doesn't throw an accurate deep ball. Has solid mechanics and a quick release. Willing to take a hit and throws well on the run. Still a project however as he needs to mature and cut down on mistakes. Needs work on his footwork, reading coverages, and hot reads. Durability is an issue with him. Will probably end up being the third string quarterback this year and may eventually be the number two guy.

4) RB Dwayne Wright Fresno St. 5-11½, 228, 4.66 - Wright is a big back who is shifty, he changes directions well for a big man. He is a versatile back who is good catching passes out of the backfield. Has the size and strength to be an excellent blocker. Another player who has durability issues, he missed two years with a bad knee injury but returned well in 2006. He doesn't have breakaway speed. Last year the Bills got safeties in the first and fourth rounds. This year it is running backs in both those rounds. Wright will end up being the "thunder" to Lynch's "lighting". Look for him to be the third running back on gamedays but used as on the goal line and in short yardage situations.

6) S John Wendling Wyoming 6-1¼, 222, 4.48 - Wendling has a great combination of size and speed for a safety. His speed allows him to make time up when he falls behind and he has solid closing speed. He is a leader that has been very durable in his college career. He lacks ideal athletic ability and isn't great when having to change directions. He needs to improve his tackling and work on fundamentals. A project player who can play either safety position but probably better suited for strong safety so he can play in the box. Will backup at both safety positions but will likely see the field on special teams where he was a demon in college.

7) TE Derek Schouman Boise St. 6-2¼, 247, 4.74 - He is an athletic player who can run solid routes in the short to intermediate range. Knows how to locate the seams in a defense as he reads them well. Solid blocker who has sound footwork. Very balanced player who works hard. He is undersized however which limits his straight line blocking ability. Not enough speed to get deep downfield. Can play the H-back role, he saw some time in the backfield in college. He will have to battle hard to make the team in a very crowded tight end situation. Since they aren't carrying any fullbacks they may carry four tight ends and is chances increase because he can play the H-back role.

7) DE C.J. Ah You Oklahoma 6-3¾, 274, 4.7 - Has good size and plays tough. He does a good job shedding blocks quickly and shows some speed around the edge. Can be a playmaker rushing the passer. Has a problem with leverage and doesn't have enough lower body strength. Not a consistent player and has some issues they kept holding him back. He will be 25 this season. Ah You will have a tough time just making the team because of depth at the position. May find his way on to the practice squad.

Coming up with a grade right after the draft is all for fun, in reality you won't be able to grade the draft for a couple of years at least. We'll give it a shot anyway. The team got two of the top three players on their board (taking away the top 7 players they had no shot at). That alone made the first two rounds of the draft a huge success. The only downside is they may have given up too much to Detroit to move up nine spots. On the value chart the team gave up what is considered more than 100 "points" more in the deal. So on paper the Lions got the better of the trade but if Posluszny is what they think he'll be, it will be well worth it. They addressed many of their needs for starters and depth. They got their third string QB, although it was much higher then expected with a third round pick. Edwards was considered a steal at that spot though. A player too good to pass up. Drafting two running backs was a bit odd but they now have depth at a position that was bare before the draft. They mean it when they said they will be rotating backs and Wright may be a steal as well. Late in the draft they filled out depth at safety, tight end/fullback, and added another defensive end. The last three picks are crapshoots but Wendling may be a special teams demon. Schouman may be able to play fullback. Why a defensive end with the last pick when they should have taken another corner or receiver? The draft looked real good on paper after the first two weeks but they left many holes on the field with the way they ran their draft board. Drafting no cornerbacks at all was shocking, taking a flyer on a big receiver instead of DE in round 7 would have been prudent. Overall though they got two starters that were both ranked 2nd in their position. They got a young QB who may develop into good trade bait or their future starter if Losman falters. The RB position just got very talented and young. On paper it looks like a solid draft with some good, young players with upside late in the draft as well. Grade: B.

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