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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Kiper's Mock 3.0: Bills

By Mike Rodak

With the free-agent winds swirling around the NFL this week, it's easy to forget about the NFL draft, which is now less than two months away.

If you haven't heard, the Buffalo Bills hold the ninth overall selection. The last time general manager Doug Whaley spoke about the draft -- at February's NFL scouting combine -- he said the Bills could go any direction with the pick ... except quarterback.

Yet, it's quarterbacks who could help decide who the Bills choose with their top pick. If two or more quarterbacks are chosen in the first eight picks, it will give the Bills a better chance to land a player at a position of need.

Who might be on the Bills' radar? Their offensive struggles last season suggest that they'll target that side of the ball. The best bet is an offensive tackle, where there are three players -- Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson, and Taylor Lewan -- who could all land in the top 10. The Bills could also try to add a play-making receiver such as Clemson's Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M's Mike Evans.

Should the Bills go defense, their options are more limited. It's unlikely that either of the top two defensive players -- Buffalo's Khalil Mack and South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney -- will fall down to No. 9. The Bills could use help at linebacker or safety, but they'd be better off trading down to do that.

Mel Kiper's latest mock draft .