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Kiper on draft range for LB Mosley

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2014 – 1:46 pm

Alabama linebacker prospect C.J. Mosley, who was a pre-draft visitor at One Bills Drive last week, has been widely projected as a first round pick. ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper went a step further narrowing the range down as to where he thinks Mosley will come off the board.

“I would say C.J. Mosley which is why he’s seen as a first round pick somewhere between 8 and 21 in that area,” said Kiper. “He is a guy that has pretty good coverage. He doesn’t have great hands, but he’s a good coverage guy. I wish his hands were a bit better because he missed a couple of interceptions opportunities this past year.”

Seeing him in the eight to 21 range obviously puts him in Buffalo’s territory at ninth overall, but most believe that the Bills will add to the offensive side of the ball with their first round pick.


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Mixed bag of picks in 4 CBS mocks for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2014 – 7:05 pm

The draft analysts at CBSSports.com have put together their mock drafts on the eve of the NFL Combine and all four have different picks for the Bills at nine.

CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan all selected different players for Buffalo at ninth overall. Rang and Kirwan picked offensive tackles while Brugler chose a tight end and Prisco took a linebacker for the Bills. Here were their assessments.

Rang’s pick

9. BUFFALO BILLS

(6-10)
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Cordy Glenn has quietly starred at left tackle, but upgrades could be had at right tackle and left guard. Matthews warrants a top 10 grade in part because of his versatility. Powerful and technically sound, Matthews is as pro-ready as it gets.

Brugler’s pick

9. BUFFALO BILLS

(6-10)
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: The Bills need to add a big, physical presence in the receiving game, whether at wide receiver or tight end. Ebron is a freak athlete who will instantly help the Bills offense and second-year quarterback EJ Manuel.

Prisco’s pick

9. BUFFALO BILLS

(6-10)
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama: They need speed next to Kiko Alonso. Mosley will be a 10-year starter.

Kirwan’s pick

9. BUFFALO BILLS

(6-10)
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: The Bills head coach is a former offensive line coach and he knows the Bills need better people up front. Lewan is sliding in the eyes of some, but Michigan has produced a lot of NFL linemen.

Of the four players listed here I’d probably be happiest with Jake Matthews. He’s the most athletic and technically sound lineman in this draft class and is the most NFL ready. Plus his NFL bloodlines don’t get much better with a Hall of Fame OL for a dad in Bruce Matthews.

 


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Pair of NFL.com mocks go TE & LB for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2014 – 11:25 am

Two of the more recent mock drafts have a top flight tight end and linebacker going to the Bills with the ninth overall pick.

NFL.com’s draft analysts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah made the picks. Brooks went with North Carolina TE Eric Ebron. Here was his take on his pick.

  1. PICK NO. 9
    ERIC EBRON –  TE – NORTH CAROLINA
     
    General manager Doug Whaley will look to add an explosive weapon in the middle of the field to help foster the growth of E.J. Manuel.

Jeremiah went with Alabama LB C.J. Mosley, who is listed at 228 pounds.


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