Tonight is the night and all of the teams are ready to improve their rosters one college athlete at a time. Analysts and fans alike have gone back and forth for months on whether their team will go with one player or another.
Everything that needs to be learned has been learned and there is nothing more that can be said that could change the minds of the analysts except for a trade.
Since this is a Bills site, and the Bills own the ninth pick, this mock draft will only cover until the Bills pick. There are no trades and no crazy pick to allow the Bills to grab the best player at nine.
Now that the rules have been laid out, here is the official mock draft up to and including the Buffalo Bills from buffalobills101.com
1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
The Texans know they can get a quarterback in the second round, most notably because the first pick of the second round could be as good as a second first round pick. Clowney is a play maker who could solidify the defense and make the Texans instantly better on the pass rush. J.J. Watt would most likely appreciate the help as well.
2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson OT Auburn
The Rams work on helping quarterback Sam Bradford stay upright as the defenses in the NFC West continue to get better and better. This could have been a big wide receiver pick for the Washington Redskins, who traded this pick for Robert Griffin III. Robinson possesses the skills to help the offensive line immediately.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
Mack will start for Jacksonville from day one, instantly helping the pass rush. The struggling Jaguars need help on both sides of the ball. While it wouldn't be a surprise of a quarterback was drafted here, the Jaguars have plenty of holes and Mack represents a prospect with tremendous upside and playmaking ability.
4. Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
Watkins could be the wide receiver the Browns need to help a quarterback that the Browns will select later this round. The quarterback class has no Andrew Luck talent while Watkins could become an elite talent that would help the Browns climb out of the basement of the AFC North, facing tough defenses in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Baltimore.
5. Oakland Raiders – Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
The Raiders need help on offense, including with the offensive line. While there is the chance to grab a quarterback here, keeping the quarterback upright and getting the run game going would help the Raiders just as much. Oakland could go quarterback in round two or three and possibly wide receiver later on as well. The draft is deep in receiver, not so deep in offensive line.
6. Atlanta Falcons – Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
The Falcons are the best bad team of last season. Lewan would help out up front while the Falcons have missed out on a defensive playmaker in Mack and Clowney. Lewan brings a strong tackle to the front five and the Falcons are much better off for it as Matt Ryan returns to form with a healthy receiving corps
7. Tampa Bay Buccanneers - Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
The Bucs replace Mike Williams with Evans without breaking the bank. Evans has good size, speed and ability. Regardless of who the quarterback is in Tampa, Williams helps in an instant and has a big play ability.
8. Minnesota Vikings – Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
Minnesota takes the first quarterback and they get a guy who will put fans in the seats. Christian Ponder appears to be on his way out in Minnesota and the Vikings have a new stadium to build a new attitude in. There is no quarterback with more attitude than Manziel this season and the Vikings will give Johnny Football the keys to the car.
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The Bills don't feel as confident with the fourth best offensive lineman in the draft. The front office has committed to EJ Manuel and helping him progress and become a winner this season. Ebron adds to a tight end corps that includes Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki. Ebron has big play ability and could be a threat on any down. He needs work on his blocking, but with a head coach who used to be a lineman, Ebron's blocking will improve without a doubt.