ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. held a conference call for reporters today and assessed the prospects for early in the second round of the draft.
The Bills have the 34th overall pick - the second pick of the second round. They have a glaring need at inside linebacker. The top inside linebacker in the draft is Martez Wilson of the University of Illinois. Here's how Kiper views Wilson, who is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds: "Cleary the best inside linebacker in this draft. Struggled at outside linebacker early in his career, then had the injury (a disk injury in the neck in 2009). One hundred tackles this year. Great workouts. He’s going to be a guy I think between 33 and 45 comes off the board."
Kiper on defensive linemen early in the second round: "For D-linemen in the second-round mix, a lot of these guys are going in the first. For second round, I have Brooks Reed of Arizona going in the late first. You would have thought second. But I’ll say late first or second for Brooks Reed, the defensive end outside linebacker from Arizona. I’ll say for right now. (California’s) Cameron Jordan’s a lock first. Cameron Hayward from Ohio State is more of a second – borderline first, but more of a second. Allen Bailey from Miami probably a second or a third. Drake Nevis probably a third. Marvin Austion from North Carolina second or a third. … Christian Ballard, Iowa, end or tackle, second, maybe late first."
Reed played well for the South team at the Senior Bowl, which was coached by the Bills' staff.
Kiper sees Arkansas' Ryan Mallett and Texas Christian's Andy Dalton as the two quarterback prospects who could go in the top half of the second round.