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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Bills

By James Walker

The Buffalo Bills pulled off one of the biggest surprises in the first round of last year’s NFL draft when they selected EJ Manuel. He was the first quarterback taken off the board, and the pick garnered national headlines and mixed reaction.

What will the Bills have in store this year in the first round with the No. 9 overall pick? ESPN draft expert Todd McShay provided his fourth mock draft Insider, and Buffalo's projection may surprise you.

According to McShay, the Bills will select former North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron in the first round. Ebron is a dangerous weapon in the passing game who could help further the development of Manuel. However, there are a few things that make Ebron and Buffalo a questionable match, especially as a top-10 pick.

Ebron’s biggest weakness is his inability -- and at times unwillingness -- to block. The Bills run the football a ton. They were second in the NFL in rushing yards last season and had more rushing attempts than any team in the league. Ebron would be a liability as a blocker for Buffalo’s stout rushing attack.

Buffalo also re-signed starting tight end Scott Chandler this offseason. He led the Bills with 53 receptions for 655 yards in 2013. Chandler is a solid receiver and run blocker from the tight-end position. There isn't a major need for Buffalo to draft a tight end at No. 9 overall.