Buffalo Bills 7-round mock draft, no trades, nets small-college gems

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Round 4: Pick 128- AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College

What he offers: 

AJ Dillon is a big running back with very good speed. He weighs 247 pounds but ran a 4.53, 40-yard dash at the combine. It’s not often you find that combination of power and speed in a running back. Dillon isn’t someone who’s going to wow people with his amazing jukes or fast cuts to get around defenders. He’s a power back who will come straight ahead to wear down defenses.

The Fit:

The Bills already have a great running back in Devin Singletary, who they drafted in the third round last year. He is a shifty, creative back who puts on highlight-reel plays with his various cuts and deeks. Singletary exploded onto the scene last year and became the Buffalo Bills “go-to running back” supplanting, Hall-of-Famer-in-waiting, Frank Gore.

Buffalo would be smart to get another running back, preferably a power back who would compliment Singletary. That’s why AJ Dillon is the right call here. He can be the thunder to Singletary’s lightning. Expect Beane to look for a running back in this draft, and the former BC Eagle is the perfect fit.

"While being able to absorb contact, Dillion provides plenty punishment of his own. Built for the physical running style, especially in the redzone. Despite his ability to get the dirty yards, has surprising burst for a man of his size. He can use that athleticism to run by defenders who are gearing up for the big pop. – Patrick Conn, USA Today Draftwire"

Round 5: Pick 167- Derrek Tuszka, Edge, North Dakota State

What he offers: 

A small college standout at NCAA Division II, North Dakota State, Derrek Tuszka has NFL ready size, athletic ability, and strength. He’s a project and it may take a year or so for him to pan out. The coaching staff will love his constant motor and “never quit attitude.

The Fit:

McDermott likes to rotate his defensive linemen throughout games to keep them fresh. Tuszka will do all he can to wear down his opponent. Unfortunately, he has a very limited skill set to get to the quarterback, if his primary move doesn’t work, he’s stuck. The coaching staff needs to be patient with him. If they can teach him some technique, Tuszka will become a solid contributor.