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McShay mock has QB for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2011 – 5:55 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has issued his fourth mock draft installment and has the Bills taking a quarterback.

After sending Marcell Dareus to Carolina with the top pick, he has Von Miller going to Denver at two and Blaine Gabbert going to Buffalo third overall. Here is his reasoning behind the pick.

The Bills’ biggest need is at offensive tackle, where they have not drafted a player earlier than the fifth round since taking Mike Williams in the first in 2002, but there isn’t a tackle prospect in this class worth the No. 3 pick. There are also needs along the defensive front seven but it will be tough to pass up the opportunity to significantly upgrade the quarterback position. Gabbert has a higher ceiling than current Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and with his football intelligence, accuracy, size, arm strength and mobility Gabbert has all the tools to become a very good starter in the NFL. There is a lot of talk about Buffalo taking Auburn QB Cam Newton here, but I believe strongly that Gabbert is not only the safer choice but the better quarterback.

The pick is unchanged from his last mock draft a month ago when he also had Gabbert to Buffalo at 3. Gabbert has his pro day Thursday in Columbia, Missouri. The pick he had for the Bills in his second mock installment was Von Miller.

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