Wednesday, May 1, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: Buffalo Bills



First Round: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State

The biggest reason Buffalo is getting a good grade for this is because they were able to trade down to get another second and third round pick, which is amazing value. I'm really shocked that Buffalo took Manuel over Nassib, who had been so tightly connected to them for weeks. I think Manuel has the highest upside of any quarterback in this class, but he certainly has bust potential. We'll have to see how this turns out for Buffalo; very tough pick to grade.

GRADE: B-



Second Round: Robert Woods, WR, USC / Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon



I love the Robert Woods pick. If it weren't for injuries during the season, he would have been one of the first wide receivers taken in this draft. He should be able to bounce back and be a great second option for Manuel to go along with Stevie Johnson. Alonso, on the other hand, is a much riskier selection. He has great talent, but is a major off the field distraction. He could develop into a nice starter, but he could also end up a bust and get arrested. What troubles me the most is that Arthur Brown, a far superior linebacker, was still on the board.


GRADE: B-



Third Round: Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas



Goodwin has blazing fast speed, but right now he's just a track runner in football pads. He is about as raw a receiver as you can find, and has a ton of development to do. He could work out to be a deadly slot receiver, but he could also just never become a real football player. I think there were some more more proven commodities available they could have selected instead.


GRADE: C-



Fourth Round: Duke Williams, S, Nevada



Another player with some off the field concerns. This will be a pretty bad draft for Buffalo if they can't address the character concerns of Alonso and Williams. However, Williams is a talented safety who could have gone at the end of day two, so this is decent value. Buffalo needed a third safety to go with Byrd and Searcy.


GRADE: B



Fifth Round: Jonathan Meeks. S, Clemson



To be honest, I had to go back and look at the big board when they took Meeks because I didn't remember who he was. Meeks should not have even been drafted. Buffalo did not need a fourth safety to spend a 5th round selection on, especially when some other solid players had fallen to them at positions of higher need. Complete waste of a pick


GRADE: F



Sixth Round: Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State



I never like taking kickers and punters before the seventh round, but at least Hopkins was one of the top two or three kickers in the draft. This will end up being a decent pick if he proves to be an upgrade over Lindel, but it could also be a wasted pick like Potter was last year for Buffalo.


GRADE: C



Seventh Round: Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas



Finally another decent pick for Buffalo. Gragg could have gone at the beginning of day three, so he offers great value in the seventh round. I'm just shocked they waited this long to take a tight end.


GRADE: A



OVERALL



This was a pretty disappointing draft for Buffalo. As a Bills fan, the only picks I actually liked were Manuel and Woods. They failed to address the guard position and they waited untill the seventh round to address tight end. They reached on many picks and never found great value. The only thing salvaging this draft is that their first few picks have great potential.


FINAL GRADE: C+

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