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Bills Daily 2014 Draft Board NFL Draft

Thursday May 8 8:00pm - Round 1
Friday May 9 7:00pm - Rounds 2&3
Saturday May 10 12:00pm - Rounds 4-7
NFL Draft Tracker

Here is the Bills draft board for the class of 2014. 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 articles are up!

Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  1   4     4* WR Sammy Watkins Clemson
  2  12    44 OT Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama
  3   9    73 ILB Preston Brown Louisville
  4   9  109 CB Ross Cockrell Duke
  5  13  153** G Cyril Richardson Baylor
  7   6  221**** OLB Randell Johnson Florida Atlantic
  7  22  237*** OT Seantrel Henderson Miami

*-trade with Browns. Teams swapped 1st round picks. Browns get Bills 1st and 4th round picks in next year's draft.

**-traded with Rams. Teams swapped 2nd round picks (41st and 44th). Bills get Rams 5th round pick (#153).

***-traded conditional 4th round pick in 2015 (could become 3rd or 4th rounder in 2016) to Philadelphia for RB Bryce Brown. They also swapped 7th round picks in this year's draft. (Philadelphia getting #224 and the Bills getting #237)

****-traded 5th round pick (#149) to Tampa Bay for their 7th round pick (#221) and the 5th round pick in 2015.

*****-traded 6th round pick to Tampa Bay for WR Mike Williams.

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) RB Sammy Watkins, Clemson 6-1, 211, 4.39 - He's very fast with good acceleration. Has multiple gears and follows blocks well. Better than average ball catching skills. Can line up at any of the three receiver positions and has good patience before hitting his top gear. Physical runner after the catch. Jumps well with good body control. Good build but a bit lean and isn't as tall as you would like. Not a polished route runner yet but can learn that.

2) OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama 6-7, 322, 5.59 - Projects as a right tackle and is expected to contribute quickly. Aggressive, athletic, ad physical has all the tools. Solid in pass protection and run blocking. Worries about his knee after he tore his MCL and ACL his freshman year. Got clean bill of health by Dr. James Andrews. Has arthritis in the knee which cautioned some to a shortened career. Has long arms, massive frame that Doug Marrone likes.

3) ILB Preston Brown, Louisville 6-1, 251, 4.78 - Solid run stuffer played mostly in the middle but they feel he can play outside. Likely projects as a backup in the middle this year. Powerful with good instincts but doesn't have great range. Struggles in man coverage in the passing game. Motivated and well respected player. Can over pursue at times.

4) CB Ross Cockrell, Nevada 6-0, 191, 4.56 - He is very smart with excellent instincts and football awareness. Thin frame with small hands but plays physical and has good size. Reads the action quickly but doesn't have great downhill speed and isn't very fluid. Has good timing and quick hands when going up for the ball.

5) G Cyril Richardson, Baylor 6-5, 329, 5.36 - He is the big offensive lineman that they covet. Dominating drive blocker with incredible strength. Takes good angles and recovers well. Can't play outside and speedier players give him problems. Absorbs power rushers well. Inconsistent in game recognition and awareness. Played too heavy in 2013 but lost weight for his pro day.

7) OLB Randell Johnson, Florida Atlantic 6-3, 242, 4.75 - Team leader with good athleticism. Shows explosiveness and is a gym rat. Doesn't have many moves as a pass rusher. Doesn't have great instincts. Solid pro day. More suited for 3-4 so he's a developmental project.

7) OT Seantrel Henderson, Miami 6-7, 331, 5.04 - He has all the skills and was a top prospect out of college. Two suspensions and a failed drug test at the combine killed his value. Great combination of size and power. Has long arms and excels in the run game. Struggles with leverage at times.

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. Give the Bills credit for being bold and trying to shake things up because what they were doing the past 14 years didn't work out so well. They made many trades but the biggest one was moving up five spots for Sammy Watkins. There is very little doubt he will be a superstar and there is no doubt he was the top player on their board. With the wide receiver class being so deep the cost of a first round pick next year may be a bit too high when they could have got good value out of a WR in round two. If Watkins turns in to Julio Jones it is worth the price and that very well may happen. The pick of Cyrus Kouandjio in the second round was a bit of a gamble that can pay off with dividends. If his knee is ok, like their doctors believe, than the got a first round right tackle. Could make a nice bookends for years to come. Preston Brown could be a reach in the third round but will have to make the team on special teams. He is going to be groomed to replace Brandon Spikes in 2015 if he leaves. The Bills went big with all three offensive linemen they picked. 5th rounder Cyril Richardson tumbled down the draft boards after a poor showing against 1st round pick Aaron David at the Senior Bowl. He is a mauler who can challenge for a backup role on the interior of the line. 7th rounder Seantrel Henderson has nearly first round talent but has two marijuana suspensions in college and the Bills will only give him one chance. 4th rounder Ross Cockrell is super smart and will be a development project along with 7th round outside linebacker Randell Johnson. Give the Bills an A for aggressiveness but there are a lot of gambles here. For now I will give them the benefit of the doubt: Grade: B-.

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