A couple of quick Buffalo Bills notes on this Thursday afternoon. First, the team announced the official visits of four prospects; quarterback Geno Smith, safety Kenny Vaccaro, wide receiver Ryan Swope and linebacker Kevin Minter.
Of course, the big name on campus is Smith, who many feel will be the first quarterback off the board on April 25 and could be gone by the time Oakland selects with the third pick. Minter and Vaccaro are regarded by most as mid to late first round prospects while Swope is expected to be drafted somewhere between the third and fourth rounds.
This is the third time the Bills have seen Smith. They attended his West Virginia Pro Day and also had a private workout with him.
It’s also worth noting that ESPN’s Mel Kiper has released his latest mock draft. In related news, I think Mel Kiper may have officially lost his mind. In Kiper’s mock he has the Bills selecting North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper with the eighth overall pick.
I think talk of taking any guard that high is silly for Buffalo. That especially holds true when the current depth chart consists of Brad Smith as your second receiver, Leodis McKelvin as your second cornerback and either Kevin Kolb or Tarvaris Jackson starting at quarterback. What the heck, Mel…. If you’re going to guard at least give the Bills Chance Warmack, who he has going to Tennessee two picks later.
I don’t know which direction the Bills are going in when the draft finally rolls around, but I’m pretty confident Andy Levitre’s departure isn’t going to be addressed with the eighth overall pick. These final few weeks is when draft speculation hits overdrive, which makes the anticipation for April 25 nearly unbearable.