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Bills Daily 2012 Draft Board

Thursday April 26 8:00pm - Round 1
Friday April 27 7:00pm - Rounds 2&3
Saturday April 28 12:00pm - Rounds 4-7
NFL Draft Tracker

Here is the Bills draft board for the class of 2012. 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. Our final grade and our review article are also up!

Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  1  10    10 CB Stephon Gilmore South Carolina
  2   9    41 OT Cordy Glenn Georgia
  3   6****    69 WR T.J. Graham North Carolina State
  4  10  105 LB Nigel Bradham Florida St.
  4  29*  124 CB Ron Brooks LSU
  5   9  144 OT Zebrie Sanders Florida St.
  5  12**  147 LB Tank Carder TCU
  6   8  178 OG Mark Asper Oregon
  7  44***  251 K John Potter Western Michigan

*-from Ravens to complete Lee Evans trade.
**-from Seahawks to complete Marshawn Lynch trade.
***-compensatory pick
****-Bills trade up two spots with Washington from #71 to #69 and gave up their 7th round pick #217

Our pick by pick draft capsules gives you the vital combine numbers along with a short synopsis of each draft pick's strengths and short comings. We will post each player's capsule shortly after they are picked!

1) CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina 6-0 1/2, 190, 4.40 - Gilmore is a physical corner who can come up and stop the run like another safety in the box. He is a good mental player with great character and good ball skills to go along with his superior speed. Will likely step in and start from day one. Aggressive player in man coverage who has excellent awareness. Good as a blitzer off the edge. Has started since his freshman year and is very mature and experienced starting 40 games.

2) OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia 6-5 3/4, 345, 5.15 - Glenn is a huge player with tremendous length and size. The Bills feel those characteristics make him a perfect player to man the blindside of the quarterback despite the fact he played guard most of his college career. Hand span and arm length are above average and has decent footwork. He has good mobility in pass protection for his size. Gets a good push in run blocking.

3) WR T.J. Graham, North Carolina State 5-11 3/8, 188, 4.41 - Graham is a shifty, speedy receiver in the Roscoe Parrish mold. The Bills are going to put him outside but that may not be the best player for this good run after the catch player. He was a football player that was also a track star in College. He can blow by defenders. Solid punt and kick returning abilities as well.

4) LB Nigel Bradham, Florida State 6-1 7/8, 241, 4.64 - He is fast has good speed and should be able to add depth to all three linebacker positions. Solid tackler and good in pass coverage with very good range. A monster special teams player. Good anchor and has good hand work to shed blockers. Not a pass rusher. Built for the weakside where the team needs depth.

4) CB Ron Brooks, LSU 5-10, 190, 4.37 - Solid role player at LSU. Durable and great speed. Good closing ability on passes. Uses speed to become an excellent blitzer out of the slot and to become a great gunner on special teams. Not ideal size but should help right away on all special teams and as a sixth corner.

5) OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida St. 6-5 5/8, 320, 5.41 - Like Glenn has a big frame and wingspan. Good footwork and technique. Great hand placement and good pass blocker. Would be a good guard as well since he'e excellent in pull blocking. May struggle with power rushers but handles speed rushers nicely. Was projected to go higher.

5) LB Tank Carder, TCU 6-2 3/8, 236, 4.69 - Tough player with great instincts. Excels at anything he does. Has a great awareness of the game which helps overcome the lack of top end speed. Needs to bulk up a bit to play strongside or in the middle.

6) G Mark Asper, Oregon 6-6 3/8, 319 - Has above average strength, size, and speed. Short arms projects as a guard. Takes some wrong steps but drives well. Tough player that gives great effort.

7) K John Potter, Western Michigan - No measurables out or needed on this guy. He's considered a kickoff specialist who will only make the team if they decide to carry two kickers.

Before we get in to our grade here's our yearly disclaimer. This is just 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 choice in the first round of Stephon Gilmore was a safe choice in the pass happy NFL. He will step in and start immediately or at the very least play nickel at the start. The Bills envision the pairing of Gilmore and last year's 2nd round pick Aaron Williams as a strong, young duo at cornerback for the years to come. The Bills were ecstatic when Cordy Glenn fell into the laps in round two, they project him as a starter at left tackle almost from the start. The question remains if he can play left tackle in the NFL. If that fails they can line him up at guard or right tackle with a lot of success. They then traded up two spots giving up a 7th round pick for speedy WR T.J. Graham. He has the burning speed they want but can he play on the outside at the next level? The team had two 4th round picks first taking LB Nigel Bradham and then went back to corner and took speedy Ron Brooks who played behind Maurice Claiborne at LSU. Bradham has a chance to backup all three linebacker positions but will likely be a backup on the weakside to start. Brooks can contribute in the nickel or dime packages right away. The Bills also had two fifth round picks and used them for more depth at needed positions. Highly rated right tackle Zebrie Sanders fell into their laps after a poor showing at the Senior Bowl. He will likely backup Erik Pears at right tackle but has a chance to play left tackle in the pros. Three slots later the team took LB Tank Carder who will backup on the outside starting with the weakside. The Bills closed out the draft by taking G Mark Asper in round 6 and K John Potter late in the 7th round. The Bills feel Asper can develop into a backup at the center position and Potter is a kickoff specialist who can stick if the Bills have the roster spot for him. The Bills got bigger on the offensive line and faster on defense and receiver just like they wanted to. Now if Glenn can play LT and Wright can play on the outside this could be a great draft. Grade: B+.

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