April 2, 2012 – 3:10 pm
The Bills need at offensive tackle is apparently too great for most mock draft makers to ignore. In the latest installment NFL.com’s Chad Reuter still has Buffalo taking an offensive tackle.
Here’s what they wrote.
Pick No. 10 – Buffalo – Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa
Reiff might not be a top-10 pick in some years because he is not the prototypical athletic left-tackle prospect, but the Bills’ deep need at the position might force their hand.
I think this pick is becoming somewhat realistic. Many believe that the Dolphins will take a tackle, but having lost top WR Brandon Marshall to trade and now unlikely to have a remote chance at Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill they’ll need to add a playmaker outside. I think it’s believable to think at Reuter does in this mock that Miami would take Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd.
With respect to Reiff apparently Reuter’s opinion is a shared one. Here’s what ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had to offer on Reiff.
“I gave him a mid-first round grade,” said McShay. ”The problem is he’s going to go in the top 10. Last year Tyron Smith went nine to Dallas and he’s just so much better than Riley Reiff in terms of athleticism and potential and came in right away and showed that he belonged. Riley Reiff is a good player, but he’s not at that level in terms of athleticism. I just think he’s going to be solid across the board. There’s nothing wrong with that. I just don’t know that he’s going to be an elite left tackle in the NFL.”
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