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Bills Daily 2011 Draft Board

Thursday April 28 8:00pm - Round 1
Friday April 29 6:00pm - Rounds 2&3
Saturday April 30 12:00pm - Rounds 4-7
NFL Draft Tracker

Here is the Bills draft board for the class of 2011. The links in each player's name takes you to expert analysis about the player. Check out our player capsules for each of the Bills selections and our final grade.


Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  1   3     3 DT Marcell Dareus Alabama
  2   2    34 CB Aaron Williams Texas
  3   4    68 ILB Kelvin Sheppard LSU
  4   3  100 S Da'Norris Searcy North Carolina
  4 25*  122 OT Chris Hairston Clemson
  5   2  133 RB Johnny White North Carolina
  6   4  169 ILB Chris White Mississippi St.
  7   3  206 CB Justin Rogers Richmond
  7 42**  245 DT Michael Jasper Bethel (TN)

*-from Seahawks in the Marshawn Lynch trade.
**-compensatory pick

2011 DRAFT CAPSULES
Our pick by pick draft capsules gives you the vital combine numbers along with a short synopsis of each draft pick's strengths and short comings. We will post each player's capsule shortly after they are picked!

1) DL Marcell Dareus Alabama 6-3 1/8, 319, 4.93 - Dareus is a versatile defensive lineman who can play on the end of a 3-4 or inside in a 4-3 defense. Since the Bills go back and forth between the two schemes he may be a perfect fit. He has the power to rush the passer and is stout enough to stuff the run. He is explosive and athletic with lateral quickness and great footwork. He has incredible talent and will be on the field a starter from day one somewhere.

2) CB Aaron Williams Texas 5-11 7/8, 204, 4.55 - Williams is athletic enough to play safety but has nice height for the corner position. The Bills will start using him at corner first. He's tough and an excellent tackler but does not have top end speed to protect against the deep ball. Doesn't have a quick burst but good closing speed.

3) ILB Kelvin Sheppard LSU 6-1 7/8, 250, 4.66 - A sideline to sideline player who has good instincts, a fiery personality, and reacts well. He is tall and will lineup inside in the 3-4 but could play outside in a 4-3 defense. Needs to improve his technique and isn't very fast but could play well in zone coverage in pass protection.

4) S Da'Norris Searcy North Carolina 5-10 5/8, 223, 4.55 - He has a big frame for a safety and had good speed and hands. He is durable with long arms and enough speed to cover the deep zone. Good discipline but not great instincts. Will likely start his career at strong safety but could easily go to free safety in the Bills defense. Adds to the depth at punt returner.

4) OT Chris Hairston Clemson 6-6 1/8, 326, 5.38 - He is a huge tackle who is slow and will lineup on the right side of the Bills line. Better inline than out in space. Very strong and a good worker. He is tough and about average in pass protection and run blocking but is a bit of a mauler.

5) RB Johnny White North Carolina 5-9 7/8, 209, 4.50 - Has played wide receiver but projects as a halfback in the NFL. Likely will battle for number three spot. Good special teams player who can be the gunner or return punts. He has a compact frame and a solid low to the ground runner who runs very hard. Solid route runner with good hands in the passing game may be a good value pick in this spot.

6) ILB Chris White Mississippi St. 6-2 3/4, 240, 4.75 - Durable, sturdy player who can add some bulk. Has good instincts and recognition. He's strong and is a good effort player. Not fast or agile. Not likely a good pas protector at the next level. Was drafted to add depth to a very weak linebacker corps.

7) CB Justin Rogers Richmond 5-10½, 180, 4.45 - He is a much different type of corner than Williams taken in round 2. He is much smaller and is very fast. Will try to make the team as a returner. Has good instincts, durable, and has great awareness but needs to improve his cover skills. Is a long shot to make the team but does give them depth in training camp at the position.

7) DT Michael Jasper Bethel (TN) 6-4;, 394 - He is a massive player who could clog up the middle of the defense very well. He has played at 430 lbs and appears to be a fit for the 3-4. A big project player who played offensive guard all last year. He will likely end up on the practice squad.



2011 DRAFT GRADE
Before we get in to our grade here's our yearly disclaimer. This is just our latest futile attempt to grade the Bills draft. It really takes a good two to three years before you can grade a draft but will take a crack at it anyway. The Bills drafted for need and seemed to do a good job of it. They were targeting Cam Newton with the third overall pick in the draft but were pleasantly surprised that Marcell Dareus was there for the taking. Some say he was the top player in the draft. He should be a cornerstone of the defense for years to come. The last time they drafted a defensive lineman that high was Bruce Smith. In the 2nd round the Bills went for a CB when they took Aaron Williams. Some question whether it was a need pick but it was with impending defections in free agency and the aging of Terrence McGee. Williams will play the nickel his rookie year before moving into the starting lineup. Third round pick Kelvin Sheppard could start right away at inside linebacker. He fits in fine in the 3-4 at a position of serious knee. The 4th round selection of S Da'Norris Searcy gives the Bills more depth at safety and he could start earlier rather than later if Donte Whitner leaves. Later in round 4 they finally took an offensive player and he may start very early in his career as well. Big Chris Hairston could start at right tackle on opening day. He was a good value pick at a position of strong need as well. Many questioned taking a running back in round 5 but Johnny White adds depth at the position which they need. He also may be one of the more underrated players in the draft so he could end up being a steal. Chris White was taken in the 6th round as the team tries to replenish the depleted inside linebacking corps. He has an uphill climb to making the team. The team had two seventh round picks starting with another corner. Speedy Justin Rogers who is talented but small and huge Michael Jasper, a defensive tackle candidate from little Bethel (TN). The Bills got bigger and more talented on defense and may have filled a whole on the offensive line. It appears to have been a textbook draft by Buddy Nix and co. Grade: A.

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ESPN's NFL Draft Central - ESPN.com's site for draft day.
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CBS Sportsline Draft Coverage - Includes their draft tracker.
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NFL Draft Countdown
About NFL Draft Coverage - A listing of many draft sites.
Hail Redskins Mock Draft
Draft Daddy
The Football Expert
Walter Football
Scout
Pro Football Weekly
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Football's Future Draft Coverage
Great Blue North Report


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