Already time to start mocking the Bills

January, 3, 2011
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The regular season officially ended when the clock expired in Seattle at 11:28 p.m. Eastern time. That's when the first 20 slots of the 2011 draft order were finalized.

At 10:29 a.m. ET, Todd McShay posted his first top-five mock draft on ESPN Insider's draft blog.

Eleven hours was all it took, and for many of those you'd have to assume McShay was asleep. And even then he probably was formulating scenarios.

Anyway, the top five includes the Buffalo Bills. They own the No. 3 pick, which means I'll be feeding readers of the AFC East blog a steady diet of items related to a select handful of prospects.

McShay projects the Bills will select Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson. McShay writes "Peterson's combination of size, instincts and athleticism would be an instant upgrade for the Bills both on defense and in the return game."

Elite cornerbacks never are a bad idea, but I don't agree with McShay's reasoning. Although the Bills have made some peculiar first-round decisions, I can't see return skills factoring in when they have C.J. Spiller, Roscoe Parrish and Leodis McKelvin.

But you never know. By the end of April, various mock drafts will have a slew of names associated with the No. 3 pick.

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