2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Prospects For Buffalo Bills at Pick No. 50

The 2015 NFL Draft is just under two weeks away and despite not having a first-round selection, the Buffalo Bills are still in position to acquire a solid player with their No. 50 overall pick in the second round. The team has done a good job minimizing the “holes” on the roster, with quarterback and an offensive lineman being the two major remaining question marks on the roster.

With a weak crop of passers in this year’s draft, the Bills could really go in any direction with their second-rounder. Depth is needed at several key positions, most notably at tight end and in the front seven, but the team has set themselves up to truly follow the “Best Player Available” model.

So, which players are most logical for the Buffalo Bills at pick No. 50? Let’s take a look.

Duke OG Laken Tomlinson

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Laken Tomlinson was an All-American at right guard for the Duke Blue Devils following the 2014 season, but the 6’3” 323-pounder showed that he had adequate movement skills for the left guard position at the Senior Bowl. Tomlinson is a dominant run blocker with a strong, well-built frame and has the ability to consistently drive defenders off the ball. In pass protection he shows good footwork and heavy hands, while possessing the core strength to sink his hips and anchor against interior defenders.

Miami TE Clive Walford

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The Bills signed Charles Clay to a lucrative contract this offseason, but with Chris Gragg and Chris Manherz as the primary depth behind him, the team will need to find a starting-caliber tight end with blocking skills for Greg Roman’s power offense. Miami’s Clive Walford is a versatile prospect who has the size (6’4” 251 lbs) to line up attached to the offensive line, and enough athleticism to split out into the slot and make an impact in the passing game.

The Mackey Award finalist is a well-rounded tight end that would likely start from day one in Roman’s two tight end packages.

Mississippi State DL Preston Smith

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The Bills feature arguably the most dominant defensive line in the National Football League, but they’ll need to bolster the depth in the front seven to mesh with Rex Ryan’s hybrid defensive scheme. Mississippi State’s Preston Smith is a dominant force player with the size (6’5” 270 lbs) to play on both the edge or along the interior. A freak athlete, Smith played all along the Bulldogs’ defensive line, racking up 127 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, four forced fumbles, six pass breakups, two interceptions and 26 quarterback hurries, while blocking two kicks/punts. He’d be a fit at rush linebacker, strong-side linebacker and 3-4 defensive end in Ryan’s scheme.

Iowa DT Carl Davis

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The Bills extended Kyle Williams and plan on retaining Marcell Dareus as he enters the final year of his contract, but Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme calls for three defensive tackles. Stefan Charles and Corbin Bryant are capable reserves, but the team needs a nose tackle that can maintain his ground against the run and generate disruption against the pass. Iowa’s Carl Davis is a talented player that stands 6’4” and weighs 320 pounds, and flashed the ability to dominate opponents in college. While inconsistent, Davis is a powerful athlete that could be a fantastic two-down player in Ryan’s defense.

Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson

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The Bills’ most glaring need throughout the roster is at the quarterback position, where EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel are currently competing for the starting role. Garrett Grayson is an intriguing prospect that has the physical tools (6’2” 215 lbs) that project well to the next level. While Grayson isn’t ready to come in and start from day one, he’s shown to be accurate to all levels of the field and is athletic enough to maneuver the pocket and keep plays alive when under pressure. Grayson is in the second tier of passers behind Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, but he’s probably the best of his group with Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty.