Early reaches will improve Bills' options

April, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have to absolutely love the way the draft is breaking seven picks into it.

Two players projected to go after the Bills pick at No. 11 have been taken, which means two players they might not have had a crack at have slipped back.

The developments could provide the Bills with a replacement for Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, who they traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

The two butterfly effect draftees so far are Louisiana State defensive end Tyson Jackson, who went third overall to Kansas City Chiefs, and North Carolina receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who went seventh overall to the Oakland Raiders.

Heyward-Bey was the stunner. He was evaluated in most mock drafts as a late first-round pick. Texas Tech star Michael Crabtree and Missouri's Jeremy Maclin still were on the board.

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