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Buscaglia: NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Buscaglia: NFL Mock Draft 1.0
Posted at 9:42 AM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 09:42:11-05

As the offseason shifts into its next phase, there is little doubt that the Buffalo Bills are under a lot of pressure to do the right things to build a winning product, and of course, make the playoffs for the first time since the Music City Miracle.

The Bills' biggest asset of the 2016 offseason to find impact players will be through the NFL Draft. After a disappointing 2015 season, the Bills have the task of fixing up the defense with players that more specifically fit the scheme of Rex Ryan.

One day before the NFL Combine is set to begin, how might things shake out? The first of many mock drafts from 7 ABC this offseason:

Round One

1) Titans - OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

2) Browns? - QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

3) Chargers? - DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

4) Cowboys? - DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

5) Jaguars - DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

6) Ravens? - OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

7) 49ers? - QB Jared Goff, Cal

8) Dolphins - LB Myles Jack, UCLA

9) Buccaneers - CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

10) Giants - DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon

11) Bears - DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama

12) Saints - CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

13) Eagles - DE/OLB Shaq Lawson, Clemson

14) Raiders - HB Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State

15) Rams - WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

16) Lions - LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

17) Falcons - DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson

18) Colts - OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State

19) Bills - LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia

- With Noah Spence, Shaq Lawson, and Kevin Dodd all off the board, the Bills are in a spot where the value of a more prototypical pass rusher for their scheme does not fit where they're picking, so instead they get themselves a super versatile player in Leonard Floyd. In his time at Georgia, Floyd was used to rush the passer, but more than anything, he was an inside backer in a similar defensive scheme to Ryan. The reason why Floyd is a near perfect fit for Ryan's scheme: he can fill in that weakside inside linebacker role next to Preston Brown, he's better in coverage -- specifically on tight ends -- than what Nigel Bradham did in 2015, and he can offer impressive speed on the blitz. If he builds up some strength ahead of next season, he could be an immediate starter. Some will ask, why Floyd and not Alabama's Reggie Ragland or Ohio State's Darron Lee? Ragland has too similar a skill-set to Preston Brown, and Floyd offers more of a pass rush ability than Lee -- and the ability to rush the passer usually wins out. That's why Floyd is the pick in this scenario.

20) Jets - OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State

21) Redskins - DT Andrew Billings, Baylor

22) Texans - DE Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

23) Vikings - OL Ryan Kelly, Alabama

24) Bengals - LB Darron Lee, Ohio State

25) Steelers - CB Eli Apple, Ohio State

26) Seahawks - OT Shon Coleman, Auburn

27) Packers - LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

28) Chiefs - DL Jarran Reed, Alabama

Patriots *** Forfeited

29) Cardinals - S Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah

30) Panthers - OT Jason Spriggs, Indiana

31) Broncos - G Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

Round Two

32) Browns - DL Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

33) Titans - HB Derrick Henry, Alabama

34) Cowboys - QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis

35) Chargers - WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

36) Ravens - DE/OLB Kamalei Correa, Boise State

37) 49ers - LB Su'a Cravens, USC

38) Jaguars - CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

39) Buccaneers - DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

40) Giants - WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State

41) Bears - DE/OLB Bronson Kaufusi, BYU

42) Dolphins - G Vadal Alexander, LSU

43) Rams (from PHI) - QB Connor Cook, Michigan State

44) Raiders - S Darian Thompson, Boise State

45) Rams - S Jeremy Cash, Duke

46) Lions - WR Josh Doctson, TCU

47) Saints - DL Kenny Clark, UCLA

48) Colts - DE/OLB Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

49) Bills - DE Jonathan Bullard, Florida

- The Bills have a bit more wiggle room with their second round pick, whereas with the first round pick they need to add an impact defender. They could opt for an offensive player with this pick, and I genuinely considered Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller as well as Texas Tech offensive tackle Le'Raven Clark. But, the talent of Bullard wins out at another position of need on the defensive line. Bullard can fit both odd and even man fronts at defensive end, and can fill in seamlessly at left defensive end for the soon-to-be released Mario Williams. With this pick, the Bills would likely be getting two starters for a defense that needs some additional talent.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia