Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bills take well-rounded approach on final day of draft


The Buffalo Bills got even bigger on the offensive line on the final day of the draft, and deeper at a few positions.

They made four picks at four different positions Saturday, doing some wheeling and dealing in the process. The most common theme, however, was the offensive front.

The Bills nabbed two defensive players in Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell and Florida Atlantic linebacker Randell Johnson in the fourth and seventh round, respectively, as well as a pair of offensive prospects in fifth-round Baylor guard Cyril Richardson and seventh-round Miami tackle Seantrel Henderson.

Richardson pops out as probably the most likely to contribute early, as the run-blocking specialist could compete for a starting gig on the interior of the offensive front as early as this year.

"He's a big, mauler-type guard," Bills director of player personnel Jim Monos said of Richardson, via The Buffalo News. "We just love his power and his strength. ... I was joking about, 'best guy on the board,' but this was another guy we all really liked the whole year. He fits what we're looking for in terms of size and strength."

In the midst of Day 3, Buffalo traded a conditional 2015 pick for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown and a seventh-rounder, which was used on Henderson. The Bills also dealt a fifth-rounder to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a seventh-rounder and a conditional 2015 pick.

Cockrell, who recorded three interceptions, a sack and 46 tackles as a senior in 2013, provides much-needed depth on the defensive perimeter, and Johnson and Henderson are projects with potential.

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