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Bills Daily 2009 Draft Board

Here is the Bills draft board for the class of 2009. 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  11   11 DE Aaron Maybin Penn St.
  1  28*   28 G/C Eric Wood Louisville
  2  10   42 S/CB Jairus Byrd Oregon
  2  19***   51 G/OT Andy Levitre Oregon St.
  4  21**  121 TE Shawn Nelson Southern Mississippi
  5  11  147 OLB/S Nic Harris Oklahoma
  6  10  183 CB Cary Harris USC
  7  11  220 CB Ellis Lankster West Virginia

*-from Panthers through the Eagles in the Jason Peters deal.
**-from Eagles in Jason Peters deal
***-acquired from Dallas for the Bills third round pick (#75), and fourth round pick (#110)

2009 DRAFT CAPSULES

1) DE Aaron Maybin Penn St. 6-4, 249, 4.89 - Maybin is a speed rusher that is on the smaller side. He had 12 sacks this year for the Nittany Lions after taking over the starting job in week 3. He will likely step in as a situational pass rusher with Chris Kelsay holding the starting job at left end. He's more comfortable being even smaller and may project to an outside linebacker in his career. He has good explosion but lacks experience and technique. Is quick off the ball but doesn't do as well when he goes down the line.

1) G/C Eric Wood Louisville 6-4, 310, 5.25 - Wood has a thick frame and is very durable. The Bills may see him as a guard instead of a center. He has good muscle definition but lacks superior lower body strength. He's very intelligent but needs to make better line calls if he remains at center. He has good balance as opposed to being an overly powerful player. Can fit in immediately at guard or center. He lacks superior power but has good technique.

2) S/CB Jairus Byrd Oregon 5-10, 207, 4.69 - He's considered a well built player that gets a good jam on the line of scrimmage. He is a playmaker with soft hands and good closing speed. Gets called for too many interference penalties but is a solid tackler and a nose for the football. He had seven interceptions in 2006. Will get a look at free safety with the Bills.

2) G/OT Andy Levitre Oregon St. 6-3, 305, 5.36 - Played tackle in college but is too short to play it in the pros. Has a thick frame that makes him the prototypical guard in the pros. Has battled with weight issues but shed weight for the Senior Bowl. Good on the field awareness with no off the field issues. Very intelligent and a hard worker with good blocking ability.

4) TE Shawn Nelson Southern Mississippi 6-5, 240, 4.56 - Nelson fills the role of a pass catching tight end. He is tall and lanky with very good speed for a tight end. He averaged 15 yards per catch last year. He may need to add bulk to be an all-around tight end but he may not have that much growth potential. He's a high character guy who knows what he needs to do on the field. He's also very tough playing half a year with a broken hand.

5) OLB/S Nic Harris 6-2, 234, 4.85 - He's compact but thick but he does have strength issues with little room for growth. Plays with good effort and is tough. Lacks top end speed, but is a good tackler and has good recognition. Likely projects as a possible outside linebacker but he can play safety which is his natural position. Another high character guy a good student of the game. Has a good work ethic and plays the game well.

6) CB Cary Harris USC 5-11, 187, 4.61 - A good cover corner who lacks top end speed and doesn't close very well. He has good instincts and his tough while being a good open field tackler. He plays some free safety but the Bills like him in his natural position of cornerback. May have some durability issues.

7) CB Ellis Lankster West Virginia 5-9, 191, 4.42 - It sounds like a broken record in this draft but this pick is also a good tackler and an aggressive player who is good in run support. Can return kicks and punts. He's another tweener without proper size and strength to off blocks. He doesn't have good closing speed and can be beat by the double move.

2009 DRAFT GRADE
Here's our latest futile attempt to grade the Bills draft. It really takes a good two to three years before you can grade a draft but will take a crack at it anyway. The Bills decided to fill needs on both lines in day one as they had two picks in each of the first two rounds. Aaron Maybin is small but very fast he's expected to step right in as a situational pass rusher. There were other ends available at number 11 that could develop into full time players. Maybin may never do that, which is big for a player taken that high. The pick of Eric Wood with their second 1st round pick was a solid pick of someone with a nasty streak on the field. Wood will likely start as a rookie at guard. He played center in college but will likely be better as a guard in the NFL. That works out for the Bills since Geoff Hangartner is a better center. Things got more questionable in round two when they selected a cornerback who will likely play free safety in Jairus Byrd. He may challenge for a starting job which will keep Donte Whitner on the strong side. As a tweener he may be slower in developing than you want from a 2nd round pick. The Bills then made their one trade of draft day by moving back into the 2nd round to get Andy Levitre. They didn't give up too much to move up but did they need to trade up and take another guy that projects as a guard when they needed a tackle? Levitre played left tackle in college but isn't considered tall enough to play there in the pros. So he's likely to be the 6th linemen this year. On day two they struck a perfect fit with their 4th round pick when Shawn Nelson fell to them. He is the prototypical pass catching tight end that they were looking for. He will likely be a liability blocking but they have blocking TEs already on the roster. In round five they took another tweener. Nic Harris played strong safety and then middle linebacker in college. The Bills will move him outside and let him challenge Keith Ellison for a starting job. He is very intelligent and played in the box at safety a lot making the transition easier. He has good upside but is he big enough to play linebacker? In the 6th round the Bills took another tough player with good instincts in Cary Harris. He may have trouble making the team on a solid cornerback corps. He may not have enough speed to play corner but the Bills will try him there. They closed out the draft by selecting another cornerback in Ellis Lankster. Why would they pick two corners and someone else that can play the position when they were loaded to begin with at the position. Some of the moves just didn't make sense. Grade: C-.

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ESPN's NFL Draft Central - ESPN.com's site for draft day.
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CBS Sportsline Draft Coverage - Includes their draft tracker.
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Hail Redskins Mock Draft
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