2012 NFL Draft - Buffalo Bills

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Buffalo Bills - AFC East, 2012 Draft Selections & Prospects

Buffalo Bills

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay  

- 2011 Buffalo Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Buffalo Draft Breakdown 

The Draft Was ... Underwhelming. The Bills needed a corner, offensive tackle, and receiver, and that's what they went after. However, Georgia's Cordy Glenn is going to be a guard and NC State's T.J. Graham isn't exactly a well-rounded receiver. Stephon Gilmore was the high-rising corner prospect leading up to the draft, and he has to be a star from Day One or this draft class won't work. There's a chance that Zebrie Sanders in the fifth round could be a flat-out steal of a tackle.
Best Value Pick: OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida State, 5th round
Worst Value Pick: WR T.J. Graham, NC State, 3rd round
They Should've ... worked harder to move up in the third round and get UCF CB Josh Robinson. He was a steal for Minnesota at the 66, and the Bills took Graham three picks later.
Division Draft Ranking: 3
Overall Draft Ranking: 16

First Round

CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina 6-1, 190
Overall Pick No. 10 CFN Overall Ranking: 61
CFN Analysis: The Bills are loading up on defense. The line is emerging as one of the best in the AFC, and now it's time to beef up a secondary that needed a corner. The tools are all there, and he was projected to go by many in the top 15, but with so many offensive tackles on the board the Bills could be questioned if they don't help the offensive line soon. This isn't a reach, but he had better be phenomenal to be worth the pick.

Fast, athletic, and big, he has all the tools and looks the part of a No. 1 cornerback. At 6-1 he has great size to go along with 4.4 speed, terrific quickness, and solid leaping ability. A workout warrior, he's the type of corner that everyone sees move, jump, and run, and then falls in love. A good tackler, he's more than willing to step up and make a stop when he needs to, and he's not going to shy away from being physical. However, while he works out well, he doesn't always play like it on the field and he lacks the finer points and techniques. He'll tackle, but he also gets flattened and gets blocked a bit too easily. But the speed, size, and upside are all too great to not take a chance on somewhere in the top 50. If patient and with a little bit of tweaking, some team could be getting an elite talent.
CFN Projection:
Second Round

Second Round

OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia (OT) 6-6, 345
Overall Pick No. 41 CFN Overall Ranking: 27
CFN Analysis: Is he a tackle or a guard? Whatever he'll be, Buffalo got a terrific value pick with the size and the talent to find a spot on the line early on and be used in a variety of ways. His feet might not be great, and he'll never be a left tackle, but the Bills wanted a blaster of a run blocker and want to make the line more powerful. He'll do that right away with a terrific value pick. He could've easily have gone in the first round.

While he played tackle in college he's considered to be a lock to move inside and work as a guard at the next level. Don't be so fast to assume he'll stick at guard after showing off the feet in offseason workouts to be someone's right tackle if needed. However, he's huge and built to be a dominant force at guard for a long, long time. Relatively athletic for his size, he moves with the quicker defenders without a problem, and he can bury his man when he engages. The key will be the training table. He needs to be best friends with the strength and conditioning coach to keep his weight in check, and he needs to bring the attitude play-in-and-play-out. Keeping the fire lit will be a must, and he could stand to lose at least 15 pounds of bad weight, but he's a tremendous talent who can be tried out in a variety of ways.
CFN Projection: First Round

Third Round

WR T.J. Graham, NC State 5-11, 188
Overall Pick No. 69 CFN Overall Ranking: 187
CFN Analysis: A mega-reach, the Bills are going for warp speed. Graham is a project, but for a team that needs more firepower and more playmakers, Graham is a field-stretcher who can run and occasionally hit the home run, but can he do anything else? He'll have to be a playmaker on special teams and he'll have to take the top off the defense to open things up for the rest of the offense to be effective. Don't expect him to be a 100-catch guy, though.

Fast, fast, fast, fast, fast. With uncoachable speed, he's a sub-4.4 guy and it translates to the field. With his wheels he can be used as a kickoff returner or he can find a role as a pure deep threat in four-wide sets. Track star fast, he's a football player who also runs track and he's able to grow over his career. However, at the moment he's not a good all-around receiver with dropping issues; he fights the ball too much at times. This is it size-wise without any room to get any bigger, and he might not need to change anything. All that matters is his speed, and no one's going to care if he can't block anyone. No, he'll never be the centerpiece of a passing game, but some offensive coordinator will love to get a late-round toy to play with.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Fourth Round

OLB Nigel Bradham, Florida State 6-2, 241
Overall Pick No. 105 CFN Overall Ranking: 76
Bradham looks the part, like most Florida State linebackers do. Rocked up, there's no room to add any more good weight to add to an almost-perfect physique, so this is it. He might get to 245 pounds, but he's never going to be a huge option for the end. While he jumped well at the Combine and he flies off the ball, he's not particularly fast. Coming up with the intimidating kill shot from time to time isn't a problem, but he doesn't do it on a regular basis and he'll miss some shots. He is what he is as far as potential, and that's not a bad thing. Intensity and want-to aren't a problem, and he has the right attitude to the point of being overaggressive; he'll do what's needed to be in the league for a long time.
CFN Projection: Third Round 

Fourth Round

CB Ron Brooks, LSU 5-10, 190
Overall Pick No. 124 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
CFN Analysis: Really, really fast, he's a sub 4.4 blazer with decent size to fit in a variety of roles. A great special teamer, he can find a role as a gunner and use his athleticism as part of a nickel and dime package on defense. Not strong, he's going to get pushed around and he never really got a chance to show what he could do as a cog in a phenomenal LSU secondary. There's a chance he could blossom with more responsibility in the pros.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round 

Fifth Round

OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida State 6-6, 320
Overall Pick No. 144 CFN Overall Ranking: 69
Big, tall, and long with a terrific frame, he has added on weight over the offseason and still carries it without a problem. While he could be a right tackle at the next level, with his tools and skills he could eventually become a terrific left tackle with a little bit of tweaking and work. Great at sealing things off and redirecting the speed rushers, he does just enough to keep defenders away. The problem is the lack of athleticism to go along with issues against the power defenders. He'll battle, but the fight gets taken to him way too often and he doesn't drive his man into the ground. The offseason workouts were a disaster with a way-too-slow appearance in the short drills at the Combine. His stock was higher at the end of the season than it is now, but he's a smart player who'll find a role on someone's line.
CFN Projection: Third Round 

Fifth Round

OLB Tank Carder, TCU 6-2, 236
Overall Pick No. 147 CFN Overall Ranking: 163

A tremendous leader and a high-level producer on some of college football's most productive defenses, Carder is a two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year with the skills and make-up to work inside or out. While he's not a tremendous athlete, he's quick and was able to show off a little bit of straight-line speed at the Combine. More than anything else, his instincts are peerless with great football smarts. He can't be the star of a defensive front seven, he's not physical, and he'll get erased by any NFL lineman, but he has the type of attitude and drive that could make him a valuable backup at a variety of positions.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

Sixth Round

OG Mark Asper, Oregon 6-6, 319
Overall Pick No. 178 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
Big, mature, and sound, he's the type of player who can step in and work in any role asked of him. All he wants is to be a player and do what's needed, and he could serve as a longtime swing guard in both spots. A powerful blocker, he'll pack a punch when he hits a defender. However, he can't move and can only work in a phone booth. He's not going to start, but he'll be a versatile reserve.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round

CB Jordan Bernstine, Iowa
Overall Pick No. 217   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent 

Seventh Round

PK John Potter, Western Michigan
Overall Pick No. 251   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent