AFC East: 2014 Mel Kiper Mock 1.0

Kiper mock 1.0 reaction: Jets

January, 15, 2014
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Mock draft season is upon us, with ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. serving up his 1.0 version Insider. His projection for the New York Jets at No. 18: USC wide receiver Marqise Lee.

I can almost hear the cheers among Jets fans at Radio City. I can also hear some boos.

Without a doubt, Lee would address the team's No. 1 need. After finishing 31st in passing offense, the Jets absolutely need a dynamic playmaker on the perimeter. Could Lee be that guy? Based on his 2012 performance, yes. It was a monster year, as he finished with 118 catches, 1,721 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns and became the first receiver in school history to win the Biletnikoff Award. But his numbers dropped significantly in an injury-plagued 2013: 57 catches, 791 yards and four touchdowns.

There is also a stigma attached to former USC receivers. For whatever reason, they struggle in the NFL. From all indications, Lee has the heart and work ethic to succeed at the next level. A player in his position -- a disappointing final season -- needs to wow talent evaluators in the pre-draft process. Get ready for four months of Lee-to-the-Jets speculation.

Kiper mock 1.0 reaction: Bills

January, 15, 2014
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It's that time of year again.

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper released his first 2014 mock draft Insider Wednesday. He projects the Buffalo Bills to select Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the ninth overall pick.

In December, fellow ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay also predicted the Bills would select an offensive tackle with the ninth pick. McShay's first mock draft had Buffalo choosing Michigan's Taylor Lewan.

From my perspective, it never hurts to upgrade along the offensive line, or at the very least, build depth. The Bills could improve at left guard -- where Doug Legursky took over early in the season for Colin Brown, who was released -- and could also go younger at right tackle, as Erik Pears will turn 32 in June.

But even if the Bills were to select Robinson or Lewan with their first-round pick, it's unlikely that either would supplant Cordy Glenn at the all-important left tackle position. Glenn, a second-round pick in 2012, took a step forward this season and should protect EJ Manuel's blindside again next season.

Robinson or Lewan, then, would have to slide in at right tackle, and given some of the other areas where the Bills could upgrade, I question whether drafting a right tackle ninth overall would be the right move.

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