The NFL finally welcomes the Buffalo Bills to the draft party Friday night.
The Bills sat on their hands as the first round of the league's selection process unfolded Thursday, with General Manager Doug Whaley saying the team didn't even get a phone call to see if he was interested in moving up from the No. 50 overall selection in the second round.
"I know you guys aren’t too thrilled," Whaley said to reporters upon the conclusion of the first round, "but I think we’ve made it exciting enough this offseason that we can give you one day to be bored."
Whaley and his staff were to regroup late Thursday night into Friday morning to reset the team's draft board.
"Names came off pretty much the way we thought they would," he said. "Pretty cut and dry right now."
Barring trades, the Bills are slated to pick twice Friday night -- at No. 50 and No. 81 in the third round.
Whaley admitted to being "a little bit" surprised about the amount of talent remaining on the board after Day One.
"Makes me happy?" he said. "Absolutely."
Here are some of the names to consider for the Bills on the draft's second night.
Analysis: Waiting until the third round to select a quarterback would be risky. If the Bills believe any of the above three can be a franchise quarterback, they should take them in the second round. The all-important position remains the biggest need on the team's roster.
• Maxx Williams, Minnesota.
• Clive Walford, Miami.
Analysis: The top two tight ends are still on the board after the first round. A compelling case could be made for tight end to be the Bills' second-biggest need, behind quarterback. If the team does plan on using four tight ends on game days -- as Whaley suggested offensive coordinator Greg Roman would -- coming out of the draft with a player at the position would be a good idea.
• Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma.
• Jaelen Strong, Arizona State.
• Devin Funchess, Michigan.
• Devin Smith, Ohio State.
Analysis: Even after six receivers were chosen in the first round, there are still talented players available at the position. If the Bills are truly going "best player available" any of the above would have to be a consideration at No. 50. ... Green-Beckham comes with some significant character red flags, but that hasn't scared the Bills away in the past. ... Funchess (6-foot-4, 232 pounds) is an intriguing prospect as a wide receiver/tight end combo player.
• A.J. Cann, South Carolina.
• Tre' Jackson, Florida State.
• Ali Marpet, Hobart.
• Mitch Morse, Missouri.
Analysis: Guard is in the running for biggest remaining hole in the Bills' starting lineup. Cann would be in the running to step into that void as a second-round option, while the other three could be available in the third round.
• La'el Collins, LSU.
• Jake Fisher, Oregon.
• T.J. Clemmings, Pitt.
• Donovan Smith, Penn State.
• Daryl Williams, Oklahoma.
Analysis: Collins is wanted for questioning in regards to a murder investigation in Louisiana. What general manager is going to come close to drafting a player involved in that? It's entirely possible a player thought to be a first-round talent just days ago falls out of the draft entirely. ... Fisher is thought to have the versatility to move inside to guard, as is Smith. ... Clemmings reportedly has a stress fracture in his foot that could explain his fall out of the first round.
• Eric Kendricks, UCLA.
• Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State.
• Denzel Perryman, Miami.
• Paul Dawson, TCU.
Analysis: Clemson's Stephone Anthony was taken by the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, which surprised some draft watchers who had him pegged as a second- or third-round selection. Any of the four above players are tackling machines, although Dawson comes with some character flaws.
• Jalen Collins, LSU.
• Eric Rowe, Utah.
• P.J. Williams, Florida State.
• Ronald Darby, Florida State.
• Quinten Rollins, Miami (Ohio).
• D'Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic.
• Doran Grant, Ohio State.
Analysis: Collins reportedly failed multiple drug tests while at LSU. He also made only 10 career starts, so it's not a huge shock to see him slide outside the first round. ... Rowe played cornerback and safety at Utah. He's got good size (6-1, 205) for the position and is an exceptional athlete. ... Williams was arrested for DUI last month in Tallahassee, but the case was recently dismissed. ... Rollins was named the 2014 MAC Defensive Player of the Year after playing four seasons of basketball for the RedHawks.
• Randy Gregory, Nebraska.
• Eli Harold, Virginia.
• Hau'Oli Kikaha, Washington.
• Nate Orchard, Utah.
Analysis: If you haven't noticed by now, character concerns are a common thread among those players who fell out of the first round. Gregory is the poster child for that. On natural ability, he might be the best pass rusher in this class, but a failed drug test at the combine, coupled with a vague report in the last week about "mental concerns" some teams have about Gregory, led him to drop. ... Harold had 14.5 tackles for loss last season. ... Kikaha led the NCAA in sacks in 2014 with 19.
• Carl Davis, Iowa.
• Trey Flowers, Arkansas.
• Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State.
• Preston Smith, Mississippi State.
• Danielle Hunter, LSU.
• Eddie Goldman, Florida State.
• Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma.
Analysis: If the Bills are looking for a "five technique" defensive end, Smith and Edwards have the right physical attributes. They would be run defenders first. Davis, Goldman and Phillips are defensive tackles who would study under Kyle Williams.
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