Hey BillsMafia, Now with the Super Bowl/Pro Bowl/Senior Bowl festivities wrapped up. I think this is a great time to go ahead and start the Mock Draft/Mock GM Season! First I wanna congratulate the Philadelphia Eagles on a FANTASTIC Super Bowl performance and win. I believe this is the defining year of McBeane and Co's running of the organization. That being said I believe this is the year we draft our QB higher then any other time in our franchises history.
Buffalo Trades 2018 #21, #22, 2019's 1st round, 4th round picks and Cordy Glenn to the NY Giants. We receive #2 Overall, 3rd and 6th round picks in 2018.
trading both firsts this year and next year is a guarantee to be able to move up in that range of picks. What Cordy Glenn does is give us the capability to not have to trade any of our other picks and helps get us a return of a 3rd and a 6th this year. Cordy Glenn is still a young, above average, starting LT in this league and the Giants are a disaster upfront.The Gettleman-Beane connection is an easy one to make as well to help make this trade happen. (Beane worked under Gettleman in Carolina) Also multiple reports about how Gettleman is a believer of Eli Manning still having something in the tank, I think this isn't one of those draft smokescreen strategies, instead I believe this is an invitation for someone to trade up to that spot. The Giants were struck HARD by the injury bug this past year losing all 3 starting receivers in the first couple weeks along with multiple defensive stars. I believe Gettleman goes with the Win-Now strategy and bolsters the Giants OL with Glenn and also with 2 firsts now they are able to address they're second and third weakest positions LB and a starting safety opposite Landon Collins. Also the 1st next year allows the Giants ability, if they are putrid again in 2018, to move up and get they're future QB 1 next year.
Sorry for so much Giants strategy but in these trades I think it is imperative to understand why another team would make this kind of move and how it all makes sense.
Next is Tyrod...
Bills trade Tyrod Taylor to Denver for pick 105 in the 4th round.
The Denver Broncos are in a tough spot, they have very little to no cap room and are in desperate need of a QB. What we have heard so much to this point is Kirk Cousins to Denver. It would be extremely hard to make that happen for Denver, would probably include cutting or trading away a lot of talented players with decent contracts to open up room. Even with that, that might not be enough, my prediction is Kirk signs with the Jets and Denver ends up going in on a rookie QB at 5. But seeing the past couple QB draft picks of Denver's success, a bridge QB is a likely move by them for insurance. This is were Tyrod Taylor comes into play.
So with the Bills now updated Draft Picks list.
3rd- #66, #96
5th- #149, #157
Now, Lets move onto Bills in house off-season moves.
First lets talk Restructure candidates(Converts base salary to the minimum)-
Jerry Hughes- (Current Cap Hit of ~ $10.4 Million) new cap hit ~ $7.5 million
Richie Incognito- (Current Cap Hit of ~ $7.5 Million) new cap hit ~ $5 million
Charles Clay- (Current Cap Hit of ~ $9 Million) new cap hit ~ $7 million
Eric Wood- saves ~ $3 million
Lorenzo Alexander- saves ~ $2.5 million
Jordan Mills- saves ~ $2 million
Vlad Ducasse- saves ~ $1.5 million
Kelvin Benjamin- 5yr Deal, $8 million per
Kyle Williams(if he decided not to retire)-1 yr, $5 million
EJ Gaines- 4yr deal, $7.5 million per
Nick O'Leary- 3yr, $2.5 million per
Eddie Yarbrough- 3 yr, $2.5 million per
Leonard Johnson- 2 yr $1.25 million per
Seantrel Henderson- 2 yr $1.25 million per
Deonte Tompson- 1yr $1.25 million
Okay now with all these moves the Buffalo Bills finish with approximately ~ $36 million in cap space.
Free agent Signings-
Andrew Norwell G from Carolina- 5yr deal $8 million per (Carolina familiarity, been a terrific guard last 2 yrs, didnt let up a sack this yr at all)
Star Lotulelei DT from Carolina- 4 yr deal $7.5 million per (McBeane love their Carolina players, Good player in a positional need)
Albert Wilson WR from KC- 3 yr deal $4.5 million per (Speed threat downfield, also great special teams player)
Derek Anderson form Carolina- 2 yr deal $3.5 million per (Vet backup for rookie QB, another Carolina player)
Nigel Bradham from Philly- 4yr deal $7 million per (Former Bill, Great fit in McDermott's scheme, also great special teamer)
This leaves the Bills from here with about ~ $8 million in cap space left for Rookies.
#2- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA- 6'4" 220lbs. Prototypical NFL QB, Big, Strong Armed, Accurate, Ran Pro-style system in college.
#53- Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State 6'4" 220 lbs. Speed, quickness, smart and tough is just a few words to describe Leighton. Reminds me of a bigger Kiko Alonso when we drafted him. McDermott gets his stud Inside linebacker here.
#56- Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana 6'4" 195lbs. Big, Physical, playmaking WR that would start opposite Kelvin Benjamin outside and would allow Zay Jones to become primarily a slot threat.
#66- Brian O'Neill, OT, Pitt 6'6" 300lbs. RT to play opposite Dion Dawkins, good run and pass protection player.
#96- Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas 6'5" 320lbs. Tough, smart, physical player. Eric Wood Replacement.
#105- Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State 6'3" 260lbs. Fast, edge rusher. Need more depth at the position.
#117- Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon 5'11" 235lbs. Big Physical back that has explosion and is a good receiver. Great complement to Shady McCoy. RB class is loaded this year, lot of good backs in later rounds.
#149- Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin. 6'6" 250lbs. Sleeper Stud TE prospect. Came from a running system in Wisconsin so can block. great catch radius. More Depth at TE.
#157- Justin Jones, DT, NC State. 6'2" 320lbs. Powerful run stopping DT. Depth at needed position.
#162- Dominick Sanders, S/CB, Georgia. 6'0" 200lbs. safety depth and slot corner depth. need 3rd safety in todays NFL.
Open to criticism.. just have a point behind it, not I don't like it.