Buffalo Bills: jake matthews

CLEVELAND -- If the Buffalo Bills keep the ninth overall pick in next week's NFL draft, one player they could hope that falls to them is Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews.

Matthews, considered among the top three tackles in this draft class, has been frequently linked to the Bills in mock drafts and was among the Bills' 29 pre-draft visitors last month.

Jake Matthews' father, lineman Bruce Matthews, was among dozens of Hall of Famers in attendance Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame's inaugural fan fest in Cleveland.

Matthews was asked about how his son would feel about playing for the Bills.

"Good. He's excited. Likes Coach [Doug] Marrone," Bruce Matthews said. "It's funny because it's hard to even picture any scenario but the more you think about it, that would work."

Add some more fuel to the fire.

There have already been several reports over the last month placing the Buffalo Bills among teams looking to trade up in the draft.

In his latest mock draft released Tuesday, ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay says that he's been hearing the same.

"I've heard from three league sources in the past week that the Bills are trying to trade up," McShay writes. "If they do make a move, it'll likely be to land [Jadeveon] Clowney, [Greg] Robinson or [Sammy] Watkins."

Of the three, Robinson would seem to be the least likely target for a trade-up. The Bills could potentially select Texas A&M's Jake Matthews or Michigan's Taylor Lewan at No. 9 and fill their need at offensive tackle, without giving up the significant assets it could take to acquire Robinson at the top of the round.

Meanwhile, Watkins and Clowney are considered top-flight prospects at their positions. Trading up for Watkins would give EJ Manuel another offensive weapon, while Clowney would give the Bills -- already well-stocked with Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus -- the NFL's best defensive line.

Yet trading up as far as No. 1 would likely require the Bills to give up their No. 9 pick, their 2015 first-round pick, and potentially more. We explored the impact of such a move Monday.


Bills mailbag: More draft talk

April, 27, 2014
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Sunday would normally be the day after the NFL draft, a day when teams furiously scour the undrafted free agent market to fill out the last portion of their roster.

This year, we'll have to wait an extra two weeks until the draft, putting the offseason's busiest Sunday on hold. Luckily, that gives us more time to answer some Bills draft questions from Twitter. Let's fire away:

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