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Mock plus: Houston to Pats, Ponder to Bills

4/28/2011

AFC East reader mock overtime has concluded.

HoustonHoustonAfter six weeks, we made it through our first round Tuesday morning. Iconic ESPN analyst Mel Kiper was kind enough to give his opinion on it.

But because the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills own the first two selections of the second round, voters suggested we extend our mock draft to include those predictions.

Readers tacked on Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston for the Patriots and Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder for the Bills.

Based on the comments, readers mostly predicted the Patriots would trade No. 33. Other teams hot for a certain player still on the board -- especially a quarterback -- will be motivated to move into that spot and have several hours to get a deal done.

But for mock purposes, Houston was the overwhelming selection ahead of Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward.

Buffalo's list of nominations at No. 34 was interesting.

Of the nine players mentioned, five of them were quarterbacks, including the top three vote-getters: Ponder, Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett.

That response is tied in with Buffalo's mock domino at No. 3, choosing Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller there instead of a quarterback.

Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph was the most popular non-QB with a grand total of three votes.

The end.

Next, we get to break down how well we did.