- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. added another interesting mock draft one week before the real event takes place in New York City. This time, Kiper projects the first three rounds for each team.
Here are the three-round projections for the AFC East:
Round 1 (No. 8 overall): DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
Round 2 (No. 41): WR Keenan Allen, Cal
Round 3 (No. 71): QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Analysis: I have mixed feelings about Ansah. He has a lot of boom-or-bust potential, and I do not think the Bills can afford to take that kind of player at this stage. Buffalo has a new head coach and new changes on offense and defense. This will be the first pick of the Doug Marrone era, and the Bills need a safe player at No. 8 who can make an immediate impact. Ansah could be a Pro Bowler in three years or a bust. Allen would fill at need at receiver, but he is not the deep threat Buffalo needs. Allen is much closer to Steve Johnson as a receiver. Buffalo would do cartwheels if Nassib is available in the third round. I expect the Bills and plenty of other teams to target Nassib in Round 2.
Round 1 (No. 12): OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
Round 2 (No. 42): DE Tank Carradine, Florida State
Round 2 (No. 54): CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, UConn
Round 3 (No. 77): CB David Amerson, N.C. State
Round 3 (No. 82): FB Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard
Analysis: There are some questions about these picks. I’m not big on Fluker because it’s questionable if he can play left tackle at the next level. Miami would be stuck with Jonathan Martin and Fluker next season, who are both better suited for the right side. Carradine would be a solid second-round pick and provides Miami with another option at defensive end. Wreh-Wilson and Amerson would offer depth at cornerback. However, the Dolphins also do not need a fullback in this draft. Jorvorskie Lane is a solid player when he's in shape.
Round 1 (No. 9): OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Round 2 (No. 39): OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Round 3 (No. 72): S Shawn Williams, Georgia
Analysis: Kiper has Jets general manager John Idzik tapping the Georgia pipeline with two of his top three picks. However, I think New York can get safer prospects at No. 9 overall. LSU defensive end/outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, for example, has fewer questions than Jones. The Jets also can boost their horrific offense in the first round. I have no issues with the picks of Pugh and Williams. Both would fill needs and provide depth at guard and safety, respectively.
Round 1 (No. 29): CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
Round 2 (No. 59): WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
Round 3 (No. 91): C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
Analysis: I would like to see New England address its need at wide receiver in the first round. There should be several solid receiver prospects available (Justin Hunter? Robert Woods?) available at No. 29 that probably won't be there at No. 59. But Taylor is not a bad pick. The Patriots need to fix their inconsistent pass defense and Taylor is a solid athlete. New England also seems to have injuries on the offensive line and Frederick could provide depth at center.