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Bills Daily 2015 Draft Board NFL Draft

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

Here is the Bills draft board for the class of 2015. 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 is up and our review article will be coming soon!

Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  2  18    50 CB Ronald Darby Florida State
  3  17    81 OG John Miller Louisville
  5  19  155 RB Karlos Williams Florida State
  6  12  188* LB Tony Steward Clemson
  6  18  194 TE Nick O'Leary Florida State
  7  17  234 WR Dezmin Lewis Central Arkansas

*-acquired in the Matt Cassel trade with Vikings. Minnesota got the Bills 5th round pick acquired in a deal last draft day with Tampa Bay.

The Bills first and fourth round picks went to Cleveland in the Sammy Watkins trade from 2014.

The fourth round pick acquired from San Francisco in the Stevie Johnson trade went to Philadelphia for Bryce Brown

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!

2) CB Ronald Darby, Florida St. 5-11, 193, 4.38 - Has world class speed and is solid in coverage. Not a big playmaker with just 2 interceptions in college. Good in the back pedal. Not physical enough in run support. Has room to grow but must improve his run support. Great timing with good recognition and gets a good jump on the ball. Good feel and use of hands as he is technically sound. Good weight distribution, slightly shorter than you would like.

3) G John Miller, Louisville 6-2, 303, 5.33 - Plays with a mean streak and is a mauler who fits in with the ground and pound offense. May struggle some in pass protection. A little short. Needs to improve his awareness. Has good flexibility and good balance. Powerful but plays with poor leverage.

5) RB Karlos Williams, Florida St. 6-1, 230, 4.48 - Converted safety with strong combination of size and speed. Hits holes quickly, doesn't bounce too much. Has big hands and long arms. Versatile in the passing game. Shows good balance. Runs too upright needs more work on his vision and may not be fluid enough at this level.

6) LB Tony Steward, Clemson 6-1, 241, 4.64 - Average height with short arms. Compact with excellent bulk and strength along with above average speed. Well respected with excellent work ethic but had two torn ACLs.

6) TE Nick O'Leary, Florida St. 6-3, 252, 4.93 - Average speed, with little explosiveness. Great hands and great hand to eye coordination. Not very elusive. Reliable route runner with limited strength as an inline blocker. Looks to fit in as an H Back.

7) WR Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas 6-4, 214, 4.58 - Lacks top end speed but deceptive. Good strong frame with strong upper body. Lacks great leaping ability despite size. Good recognition and awareness but not explosive.

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 made no trades and stayed put with their six picks and took the best available player as they filled for depth not need. With their first pick which took place in the second round they added CB Ronald Darby who fits in perfectly in the Rex Ryan defense as this seems to be his pick. Ryan loves having corners on an island and Darby can develop into that player while learning behind the depth that is in front of him. Third round pick John Miller is the one player that may fill a specific need in the starting lineup. He is the type of mauler that Greg Roman wants and needs for his ground and pound offense. Miller may step right in and start. On day three, they obviously took best available athlete because the fifth round selection of Karlos Williams and the 7th round pick of Dezmin Lewis are at positions of strength for the Bills. Williams only has two years playing running back and is a development project. Lewis and 6th round pick Nick O'Leary were each projected to go earlier. O'Leary can help as a rookie while fellow sixth round pick Tony Steward may hang on and make the team because there is little depth at inside linebacker. Tough draft for the Bills to make a splash and they really didn't need to add much help. With their limited choices they needed to fill the few holes they had and they didn't succeed in doing that: Grade: C.

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