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Kiper has OLB to Bills at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on January 18, 2012 – 2:41 pm

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has put out his first mock draft. While there will certainly be future editions, in his initial mock he has Buffalo taking a pass rushing OLB at 10th overall.

Kiper has the Bills taking Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw. Here’s what Kiper had to say about Marcell Dareus’ former college teammate.

10. Buffalo Bills – Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
Buffalo did well when it drafted Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus with its first pick last year, but the pass rush still needs a lot of help. Upshaw is currently the best 3-4 outside linebacker in the draft, and he should be able to apply a lot of pressure to opposing quarterbacks from the edge for whoever gets him for 2012. No Buffalo player had more than 5.5 sacks in 2011, and the Bills simply can’t get enough pressure without bringing extra players. Upshaw is a part of the solution. This is a big-time talent, a player who already was making an impact at Alabama as a freshman. He’ll follow a similar path as a pro.


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