Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is over, we're profiling each team's draft. Who were the steals? Who were the reaches? We continue with the Buffalo Bills.
It's been an exciting offseason for the Buffalo Bills. The Bills stumbled to the finish line during the 2011 season after roaring out of the gate. But Buffalo made an immediate splash in free agency to get the league's attention, signing defensive end Mario Williams to a blockbuster contract.
They continued to construct a winning roster during the 2012 NFL Draft, drafting Stephon Gilmore No. 10 overall. But it was the later rounds in which the Bills found the most success, drafting Ron Brooks, Zebrie Sanders and Tank Carder on day three of the draft.
Questionable selection: WR T.J. Graham, Round 3, pick 69
The 2012 NFL Draft had a deep, yet muddled, crop of wide receivers. Nobody seemed to have a strong handle on how the group was ranked beyond the top three. And it also appears there was a wide range of opinions on how to rank the middle-round wide receivers. Apparently, T.J. Graham was more highly regarded in NFL circles than draft analysts gave him credit for. I still think this is a bit of questionable pick. Graham is a burner, but I'm iffy on his ability to become a complete receiver.
Late-Round Steal: LB Tank Carder, TCU, Round 5, pick 147
As previously mentioned, Buffalo did a fine job on the draft's third day. Carder was a pick that stood out to me. If he had managed to stay healthy during his final season as a Horned Frog, he would have been drafted much higher than this. Like most of Buffalo's 2012 draft class, Carder is a bit of a risk. But it's not easy to find players with Carder's upside in the fifth round.
2012 NFL Draft Grades and Analysis: AFC East Edition (via sbnation)