The 2016 NFL Draft is almost upon us. Only 11 more anxious days of pondering what the Buffalo Bills and other teams might do. Unlike last year, the Bills have a first round selection at 19th overall. There are many things Buffalo could do at 19 including, trading down or even trading up, but it makes the most sense to stay put.
Clint Brooks already highlighted players the Bills should consider at 19. With all the talk about the who the Bills should select, what about who they shouldn’t pick? I’m going to go over this here at BuildingTheHerd.com. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!
QB Paxton Lynch
General Manager Doug Whaley has said all offseason getting another quarterback on the roster was necessary moving forward. They have looked at every one that can throw a football that declared for the 2016 Draft. They also met with a few of the top prospects, including Paxton Lynch from Memphis.
Although Lynch fits the mold Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman prefers at quarterback, he may not be a great fit. His inability to throw accurately while on the move limits the offense in certain situations. He’s more of a functional scrambler than a “tuck and run” quarterback. His arm strength is there but just not consistent enough.
The value is also a bad match. Taking a quarterback in the first round would be a mistake unless Carson Wentz or Jared Goff falls AND Buffalo is in love with the one that falls in the event one does fall. Believe it or not, this team has a lot more holes then you may think, especially on the defense side of the ball, and taking a quarterback when better players are available at more pressing needs is not a smart idea if they plan on making the playoffs this upcoming year.
DL Robert Nkemdiche
About a year ago, Robert Nkemdiche was viewed as a top prospect destined to go in the top 5 of the 2016 NFL Draft. Now times have changed, and Nkemdiche’s stock is plummeting faster than he did when dropping from the 4th floor of that Atlanta building hotel.
There is no question about his talent. However, there is questions about his character and production over the course of his career at Ole Miss. He produced low tackle numbers and only 6.5 sacks over a span of three years. Nkemdiche was also suspended for the Sugar Bowl after being arrested and charged with a marijuana possession.
Other character concerns seem to rise from his lack of effort on the field. He seems to take plays “off” more often than not. The production and character concerns should be enough for the Bills to pass at least in the first round.
OT Le’Raven Clark
The offensive tackle from Texas Tech has been connected to Buffalo a few times throughout this draft process. One being the need of a right tackle because of Seantrel Henderson’s abysmal play. However he may be linked to them, he is not a good fit. Especially not in the first round.
First off, he played in a spread offense at Texas Tech which hasn’t boded well for offensive linemen trying to make the transitions to the pros in the past. The quick passing game in which the quarterback gets rid of the ball in a matter of a few seconds doesn’t show the tackle’s true talent as a pass blocker, for better or worse. The spread offense also doesn’t mesh well with Greg Roman’s complex blocking schemes.
It also doesn’t help he got blown up a majority of the time at the Senior Bowl. Which includes some of the best talents across the country.