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Bills Daily 2013 Draft Board

Thursday April 25 8:00pm - Round 1
Friday April 26 6:30pm - Rounds 2&3
Saturday April 27 12:00pm - Rounds 4-7
NFL Draft Tracker

Here is the Bills draft board for the class of 2013. 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 is up!

Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  1  16    16* QB EJ Manuel Florida St.
  2   9    41 WR Robert Woods USC
  2  14    46* LB Kiko Alonso Oregon
  3  16    78* WR Marquise Goodwin Texas
  4   8  105 SS Duke Williams Nevada
  5  10  143 S Jonathan Meeks Clemson
  6   9  177 K Dustin Hopkins Florida St.
  7  16  222* TE Chris Gragg Arkansas

*-trade with Rams. Teams swapped 1st and 3rd round picks. Bills gain 2nd and 7th round picks. Bills added picks 16, 46, 78, and 222 while Rams get picks 8 and 71.

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) QB EJ Manuel, Florida St. 6-5, 237, 4.65 - Manuel has a very strong arm but has struggled with consistency and accuracy. He is fast and can also make plays with his feet. Has good leadership qualities but is far from polished. May have the most upside of any quarterback in the draft but may not be ready to step right in and start. He is big and strong and can take a hit while getting downfield quickly. Considered a bit jittery under pressure. Has high character and has decent touch on his basis. He is the 2nd fastest quarterback in the draft.

2) WR Robert Woods, USC 6-0, 201, 4.51 - Great route runner perhaps best in the draft. Good hands who doesn't drop too many balls. Doesn't have ideal size or speed. Similar to Stevie Johnson. Hard worker with great intangibles. Goes over the middle well and does a good job after the catch. Tough to tackle. Needs to get better on down the field patterns. Polished player who can step right in to play.

2) LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon 6-4, 238, 4.75 - Solid versatile player who can play inside or outside. Played mostly inside at college but fits in with the hybrid defense the Bills are going with. Explosive hitter with rare athleticism and good flexibility and balance. Had some run ins with police in the past. Aggressive player with good straight line speed and quick feet. Not a consistent pass rusher.

3) WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas 5-9, 183, 4.27 - Goodwin is a football player who happens to be a track star. He finished 10th at the London Olympics in the long jump. He was the fastest player at the combine with the best 40 time in a decade. He was also hand timed at the combine at 4.17 and 4.19. He has a high ceiling since he lost development time to a successful track career. He knows how to absorb hits and utilizes head fakes well. His lack of bulk could hurt him at this level. He is a raw route runner who blocks well despite his size.

4) SS Duke Williams, Nevada 6-0, 190, 4.52 - He is aggressive with a nasty edge. Has good hands and ball skills. A hard hitting tackler with solid closing speed. Has the talent of a higher draft pick but has had off the field issues. He has matured since then and is considered a good leader. Durable, three year starter who is a playmaker and very highly productive. Has above average discipline.

5) S Jonathan Meeks, Clemson 6-0 1/2, 211, 4.6 - He has good size and range. Has the skills to play both safety positions. Has good speed and can hit well. Has good upside and his stats were kept down by what he was asked to do at Clemson. A raw prospect who makes mental mistakes.

6) K Dustin Hopkins, Florida St. 6-2, 193, 4.74 - He has a big leg and is accurate as well. Kicks the ball high and has never had kick blocked. Decent size so he can make the occasional tackle. Needs to get more consistent in pressure situations. Outdoor kicker but in warm weather.

7) TE Chris Gragg, Arkansas 6-3, 244, 4.50 - Fast receiving tight end whose straight line speed allows him to separate from linebackers. Played wide receiver in his freshman year. Not very smooth a bit slow getting off the line. May be more of an H-back. Had some drops.

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 get kudos right off the bat for trading down and still getting the quarterback they identified as the man of the future in EJ Manuel. This was the most important pick of the Nix regime and on the surface I would have liked someone more polished but I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I love the pick of Robert Woods in round 2. He is very polished and experienced as well. He should step right into the starting lineup. The pick of LB Kiko Alonso seems like a stretch. They already have young linebackers, they needed a veteran. This pick probably ends the courtship of Karlos Dansby who could have helped them more. The pick of Marquise Goodwin is intriguing because of his speed but it is hard for track stars to make it in the NFL so he may have been a reach as well. Taking back to back safeties didn't seem to make much sense either since they need more help at corner. If Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks can make a difference on special teams and help out in a pinch than the picks may be worth it. If they are hedging their bets against losing Jairus Byrd than they are in trouble because I doubt two mid round safeties can replace him. I like the picking the best kicker in the country in the 6th round. Dustin Hopkins has a better chance at being an impact player than anybody else they would have taken in that round. I just wish he kicked once when it was below freezing in college. They closed out the draft with another intriguing prospect in Chris Gragg. He could be a steal as a receiving tight end. Is Manuel a future franchise QB? Well if he becomes a star than this grade will be an A three years from now. If he's a bust than it's an F. Right now we will give them a Grade: C.

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