2013 NFL Draft - Buffalo Bills

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Buffalo Bills - AFC East, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects

Buffalo Bills

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 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    
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QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State 6-5, 237
Overall Pick No. 16 CFN Position Rank: 2

CFN Analysis: What does it say about Ryan Nassib that he wasn't taken by his former coach? What does it say about Geno Smith? Manuel has the biggest upside of any quarterback in the draft going to a coach in Doug Marrone who knows how to mold quarterbacks. It was a chance on greatness instead of playing it safe. It's a bit of a reach, but if you're going to reach, go for the guy who's 6-5, close to 240 pounds and can move.

If you weren't that great in college, why are you going to be special in the pros? Manuel was fine, but considering the expectations were through the roof, and considering he has all the tools and talents to have been something truly special, he was a slight disappointment. However, with the right coach and with a little bit of patience, the upside is there to be the best quarterback in the draft by far. He's big with the right frame and the right look, and he has the perfect makeup to handle being a franchise quarterback. Very smart with a great drive and excellent leadership skills, he's the prototype in every possible way except for one issue: production.

Again, he wasn't bad at Florida State; he just wasn't amazing considering everything he brings. However, on the plus side, if he can get with the right offensive coordinator and quarterback coach who can do just a little bit of tweaking on his reads – the smarts are certainly there to pick up an NFL playbook – and can somehow unlock his skills and take away his tentative nature, there's a limitless upside. In this class of mediocre quarterback prospects, there's the possibility of a boom pick here for relatively cheap.
CFN Projection: Second Round


WR Robert Woods, USC (Jr.) 6-0, 201
Overall Pick No. 41 CFN Position Rank: 8
While he might not be huge and he might not have blazing speed, he's a great pure receiver lighting up top competition and coming through with big plays time and again. Ready right out of the box, get him on the field and he'll be ready to roll right away. He moves effortlessly and is able to gear up instantly and cut without a problem, and he's not afraid or shy about getting hit or getting physical when needed. He's not going to block anyone and he's not bulky enough, but he's a pure NFL target who can be an extremely productive producer for a long time with the right offense. He's not going to be a No. 1 target, but he can be a devastating No. 2 who can lead the team in receiving every once in a while.
CFN Projection: Second Round

ILB Kiko Alonso. Oregon 6-3, 240
Overall Pick No. 46 CFN Position Rank: 4
With great size, and great frame and excellent athleticism, he has the raw tools and some of the best skills in the draft. Long, he has a good reach and enough speed to get to a ball-carrier and make something happen – he's tough to get around. Versatile, he's fast enough to work on the outside if needed, but his future is in the middle where he'll show off excellent range and the potential to work into the backfield. Now he has to work on getting functionally stronger, getting shoved around way too easily and blasted out of the way by the more physical blockers. While he's smart and productive, he doesn't have the best instincts and could need a little bit of time. Health is a concern and he needs to show he can hold up, but he's a playmaker with a high ceiling who'll come cheap in the middle rounds compared to some of the other top prospects.
CFN Projection: Third Round  


Duke Williams, Nevada 5-11, 203
Overall Pick No. 105 CFN Position Rank: 12
Extremely versatile, Williams can play either corner or safety with excellent quickness and size to go along with his ability to work just about anywhere. He moves well with good speed, and he makes himself bigger with great leaping ability and all-around athleticism. However, while he's versatile, he's not an elite corner and he's not a good enough tackler to be a star at safety. Wrapping up is a problem, going for the hit and the bounce too much, and he has to be far more physical. There are warning signs, but his athleticism is enough to make him a regular NFL starter.
CFN Projection: Third Round


S Jonathan Meeks, Clemson 6-1, 211
Overall Pick No. 142 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked


PK Dustin Hopkins, Florida State 6-2, 193
Overall Pick No. 177 CFN Position Rank: 4
The NCAA's all-time leading scorer for a kicker, he has four years of experience and isn't going to be fazed by any situation. With a good enough leg to be given a shot anywhere inside 60 yards, he can blast away and won't have any problems producing from deep in key situations. Great on kickoffs, he can do everything for a kicking game. He's a weapon.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round


TE Chris Gragg, Arkansas 6-3, 244
Overall Pick No. 222 CFN Position Rank: 9
Not quite big enough to be a top all-around NFL tight end, he's a receiver who bulked up to get to his current weight and won't be able to rock up any more. He's a willing blocker, but he's not great at it and will get eaten alive if he has to hold up in pass protection. The quickness is there and he's a terrific all-around athlete, but he's not smooth and he's not helped by a leg injury that never seemed to get right. He'll be a dangerous receiver with straight-line speed and deep ability, but he won't be a do-it-all tight end.
CFN Projection: Third Round