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The NFL draft is approximately two weeks away. Therefore, ESPN's resident scout Todd McShay provided his latest mock draft.
Here is how McShay predicts the draft going for the AFC East:
Buffalo Bills, No. 8
McShay’s pick: G Chance Warmack, Alabama
Analysis: Warmack is not the impact pick Buffalo fans want this high in the draft. But Warmack would be a natural replacement for former guard Andy Levitre, who signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency. The Bills filled their immediate need at quarterback by signing potential starter Kevin Kolb. So don't expect Buffalo to take a quarterback until the second or third round. The Bills have several needs such as receiver, linebacker and safety. McShay also predicts scenarios such as Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib and LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo.
New York Jets, No. 9
McShay’s pick: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
Analysis: To put it bluntly, I just don't see this happening. Milliner is the best cornerback in this draft, and the Jets do not need corners. Maybe this is an overreaction to New York’s trade talks involving Darrelle Revis. The Jets could trade Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the draft. But New York still has Antonio Cromartie and former first-round pick Kyle Wilson. The Jets have way too many needs to draft at cornerback at No. 9 overall. McShay also mentioned Mingo and North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper as secondary options.
Miami Dolphins, No. 12
McShay’s pick: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Analysis: Several mock drafts now have the Dolphins taking Rhodes, and McShay agrees. But I think this would be a classic case of overreaching. Corner is a need for Miami but Rhodes is more of a top-25 selection, not a top-12 pick. The recent signing of Brent Grimes also takes some pressure off the Dolphins overdrafting for a cornerback. Offensive tackle is a deep position in this draft, and Miami may be able to find a better prospect at No. 12.
New England Patriots, No. 29
McShay’s pick: DE Datone Jones, UCLA
Analysis: The Patriots are one of the most unpredictable teams in this draft. McShay sees New England taking another defensive end to pair with 2012 first-round pick Chandler Jones. New England is attacking the receiver position this week by signing Julian Edelman and presenting an offer sheet to Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders. So that position is probably out in the first round. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots traded their first-round pick to acquire more selections later in the draft. New England has just five draft picks, which could be reduced to four if Pittsburgh doesn’t match Sanders’ offer and takes New England’s third-round pick.