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Ayers to Bills in recent mock draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2009 – 7:30 pm

There are a myriad of selections that have been made for the Bills with the 11th pick in this spring’s draft, but this is one of the first appearances by Tennessee DE Robert Ayers in that spot that I’ve seen.

The National Football Post, which posts updated mock drafts on a seemingly bi-weekly basis, has Ayers shooting up to 11 and going to the Bills. Ayers is a bit of a one-year wonder having not earned a starting job until his senior year at Tennessee. He’s also not a premier pass rusher, which is kind of a requirement for anyone being taken that high to fill that position.

So though I like Ayers as a player, I don’t know that he’s the answer to what Buffalo is looking for at 11 and to me would be a better value down in the 20’s. Ayers is a solid all-around end. The Bills need a guy that can create some pressure all the time.

In the second round they have Buffalo taking Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson, which wouldn’t be a bad pick in round two at 42, but I wonder with the addition of Terrell Owens, if the need for a playmaking tight end has dropped off a bit.

So I’m not convinced that TE will be the play in round two as much as I did prior to the Owens signing.


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