AFC East: James Casey

Bills on the clock: Rang chimes in

February, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Rob Rang, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, was kind enough to break down the possibilities for each AFC East club for the first round.

I provided Rang a list of three needs, and he mocked out the likely candidates to be available at that juncture.

The Buffalo Bills own the 11th selection. They'll have all sorts of talent to choose from. High on their list will be a pass rusher, a tight end or an interior offensive lineman, particularly a center.

Here is Rang's take:

There is a possibility that one of the two elite pass-rushing defensive ends in this draft -- Florida State's Everette Brown and Texas' Brian Orakpo -- could be available when the Bills are on the clock at No. 11. Brown is the more explosive pass rusher of the two and is surprisingly refined in his technique. Orakpo is the stronger, more effective run-stuffer and won three of the four major defensive awards (Nagurski, Hendricks, Lombardi) as a senior.

The only tight end considered a likely first-round pick is Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew. He is a terrific blocker, but best in the short to intermediate range due to only adequate straight-line speed. A poor senior season probably pushes him into the latter stages of the first round. Missouri's Chase Coffman and Rice's James Casey are options in the second round.

Similarly, there simply isn't a center worthy of consideration for the 11th pick. This is an unusually talented and deep class of centers, however, so the Bills would likely consider Alex Mack from California or Max Unger from Oregon in the second round.

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