Buffalo Bills 2012 Picks
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  • What he brings: 

    The biggest concern with Gilmore is his instincts. But he has all the physical tools you're looking for in a cover corner. He has the size to match up with bigger receivers and the quickness to stay with smaller ones. He's also willing to mix it up in run support, though he could be a little more consistent as a tackler.



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    How he fits: 

    In past years, this Buffalo secondary has really played well, and in 2011, it was very inconsistent. Part of it was because of injuries and the Bills gave up big chunks of passing yards. Their ability to match up versus spread offenses became a real problem. They are switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. Their tremendous upgrades in their defensive front four will give them a much-improved pass rush and Gilmore has a chance to line up maybe against the opposition's No. 1 receiver.

  • What he brings: 

    Glenn is a four-year starter who struggled in pass protection early in the 2011 season, but really improved later on. He has the arm length, strength and enough mobility to be a Day 1 starter at right tackle.

    How he fits: 

    Offensive tackle has been a huge need for this offense, and the coaches have moved Chris Hairston from ROT to LOT and seem comfortable with it. That will allow Glenn to step in at ROT, or he could be in a three-man rotation with Hairston and Eric Pears. Look for the Bills to make one of the two guys they have the left tackle and slide Glenn in at right tackle.

  • What he brings: 

    Graham is a dangerous open-field runner, both after the catch and in the return game. He just needs to improve as a route runner, and he's more than capable of doing that with good coaching.

    How he fits: 

    The Bills have been looking for a guy to take some pressure off Stevie Johnson. While they had a nice three-receiver package in the first half of last season, it tailed off badly in the last two months. They have good complementary guys, but the need is for a No. 2 on the outside, and Graham may be more suited to play in the slot and as a return guy, but the Bills are already good in the kicking game. He looks more like a depth pick than a No. 2.

  • What he brings: 

    He's a run-and-hit linebacker that can develop in terms of instincts and playing with a better pad level at the point of attack.

    How he fits: 

    They are making the transition from a 3-4 to 4-3 defense and that means they will ask their outside linebackers to play with a different skill set. Bradham should fit nicely as an edge player whose strength may be in run support.

  • What he brings: 

    Brooks was overshadowed playing in an extremely talented LSU secondary. When you watch him on tape, you see a player with great speed and toughness.

    How he fits: 

    This secondary used to be very productive, but they struggled a year ago and they didn't matchup well versus spread offenses. In the first round, Stephen Gilmore fills their outside need and now Brooks could lineup versus the slot and their nickel and dime packages. He will also be solid versus the run. This is an excellent value pick because he can fill a specific role.

  • What he brings: 

    Sanders is light on his feet and has good lateral agility for a zone-blocking scheme. However, he needs to improve his core strength.

  • What he brings: 

    A rangy inside linebacker who covers a lot of ground against the run and in coverage, but isn't great in the phone booth.

  • What he brings: 

    An older prospect who has lined up at guard and tackle, and has good size. But Asper has to get stronger and improve his ability to pick up blitzes.

  • What he brings: 

    He doesn't have great leg strength, but he' s accurate on field goal attempts inside 40 yards, and he's an above-average athlete for the position.