If you were been following NFL draft talk and speculation for last month, you’d probably think anyone not only suggesting, but predicting both Matt Kalil and Justin Blackmon being available to the Buffalo Bills at overall pick No. 10 would be certifiably crazy. But in a recent mock draft, that’s exactly what happened. And this wasn’t some clueless idiot who predicts this scenario. Rather its Greg Cosell of NFL Flims; one of the best and most respected talent evaluators in the business.
I can promise you haven’t seen anything quite like Cosell’s mock that was published yesterday. The craziness begins at number three, where he projects the Vikings taking cornerback Stephon Gilmore over the consensus choice by most, Kalil. Rather than recap all his picks and reasoning behind them, I strongly encourage you to check out his post. If nothing else, it makes for an informative and highly entertaining read.
Back to the Bills. Strictly for the sake of discussion, let’s assume Cosell was spot on and both highly touted prospects were available. Under that scenario, which direction do you think the Bills would go in?
Personally, I’d think under these circumstances Blackmon would be the pick. He’s simply got game-changing ability that Buddy Nix must quietly crave. If Kalil were to fall all the way to 10, it would tell me that there’s something about his game that’s just no measuring up among NFL executives. It’s becoming increasingly obvious there are no sure things at offensive tackle this year.
Like most of you, I’m real excited about Thursday evening and I’m getting a growing feeling there’s going to be a lot trades—and unexpected selections announced at the podium.