Thursday, March 13, 2014
Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Bills
By Mike Rodak
We're still two months from the 2014 NFL draft, but a consensus is beginning to develop among our NFL draft experts as to whom the Buffalo Bills should pick at No. 9 overall.
In his third mock draft, Mel Kiper Jr. projects Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan to the Bills. This is the third time that Kiper has mocked an offensive tackle to the Bills, and it makes sense: It's a position of need for the Bills, who could be looking to upgrade from Erik Pears at right tackle.
Here's more from Kiper's latest mock:
I like Cordy Glenn, but protection was still a problem for the Bills last year, so I have them placing a higher priority on keeping EJ Manuel upright and shifting their attention to the deep class of wide receivers in Round 2 or 3. I've said more than once that I think Lewan could have graded out as the top tackle last year if he chose to enter the draft, and while he has the prototypical length as a pass-blocker, he really gets after it as a run-blocker.
It would be surprising if the Bills didn't select either an offensive tackle or receiver with the ninth pick.
Here's a rundown of Kiper's and Todd McShay's mock drafts to date:
Mel Kiper's mock drafts:
March 13 (3.0) -- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Feb. 6 (2.0) -- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Jan. 16 (1.0) -- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Todd McShay's mock drafts:
March 6 (3.0) -- Matthews
Feb. 6 (2.0) -- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Jan. 16 (1.0) -- Lewan