Every draft brings a certain level of intrigue, but this one goes above and beyond, mainly due to the polarizing presence of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. And even on the day before the first round, no one is 100 percent certain what Houston is going to do with the No. 1 overall pick.
What this means for the Bills at No. 9 is that there could be several interesting scenarios presented to them. Depending on how things play out, here's a list of five players who could realistically wind up wearing a Buffalo uniform in 2014.Every draft brings a certain level of intrigue, but this one goes above and beyond, mainly due to the polarizing presence of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. And even on the day before the first round, no one is 100 percent certain what Houston is going to do with the No. 1 overall pick.
Mock Draft: Who will the Bills get at No. 9?
Position: Wide receiver.
The skinny: The only chance the Bills can get him will be to trade up, possibly to Jacksonville (No. 3), Cleveland (No. 4) or Oakland (No. 5). ... If they do, the Bills will get the best WR in the draft, and a dynamic playmaker who would likely become their best at the position. ... Ran 4.39 at the combine in the 40, and with a 34-inch vertical leap he can go get the ball at its highest point. ... Did much of his damage on short routes at Clemson where he piled up yards after catch, but he's considered a premier route runner and downfield threat, a star in the making who has drawn comparisons to Julio Jones and A.J. Green.
Position: Tight end.
College: North Carolina.
The skinny: Ebron will most likely be on the board regardless of what happens over the first eight picks as his projected range is anywhere from 9 to 18. ... Would provide a new dimension to the Bills offense, as Buffalo has never had a tight end capable of making plays and stretching the field the way Ebron can. ... His 973 receiving yards in 2013 set an all-time single-season record in the ACC. ... Needs work on blocking, and has also had bouts of immaturity that must be quelled.
Feature: Bills could use tight end Eric Ebron
Position: Offensive tackle.
The skinny: Of the three highly-regarded OTs, Lewan is the one who could slide to the Bills as Greg Robinson (Auburn) and Jake Matthews (Texas A&M) figure to be gone. ... Lewan plays with a nasty streak, and with four years of starting experience, is considered an NFL-ready starter. ... Was a powerful run blocker in college, but needs work on pass protection, mainly due to technique. ... He was somewhat penalty-prone, drawing personal fouls because he was a tough guy. ... Has a pending arraignment hearing in Ann Arbor, Mich. on May 19 and is expected to be charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery stemming from an alleged early-morning fight on Dec. 1.
Position: Outside linebacker.
The skinny: Barr will almost certainly be there at No. 9, and he would be an excellent fit in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense as the Bills need another outside LB to team with Kiko Alonso. ... Has only been playing defense the last two years as he was recruited to UCLA as a running back. ... In just two years, he made 23 ½ sacks. ... Was considered more of a 3-4 player, but his size has scouts believing he can work well in a 4-3. ... Is probably a reach at No. 9, but if he develops as expected, he could be a future star.
Position: Offensive tackle.
College: Notre Dame.
The skinny: This was a draft that started with three premier OTs, but Martin — for whatever reason — has been a fast riser in recent weeks and suddenly looks as if he could be in play at No. 9. ... Started all 52 games he played at Notre Dame which gives him a great chance to come in and start right away. ... Though some think he's better suited to play guard in the NFL because of his size and shortish arms, the Bills have said they think he'd do fine at OT. .... Played both positions at the Senior Bowl. ... Has been compared to New England's Logan Mankins, so that's not a bad thing.