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Kiper mock has LB to Bills at 8

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2013 – 11:10 am

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has a linebacker going to the Bills with the eighth pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Kiper has the Bills taking Notre Dame MLB Manti Te’o. Here’s what he wrote about his pick for Buffalo.

Manti Te’o
Buffalo Bills (6-10)
COLLEGE: Notre Dame
AGE: 21
HT: 6-2
WT: 255
Analysis: The Bills really need help at interior linebacker, where Kelvin Sheppard is a good player. Te’o doesn’t have elite athleticism, but he has elite instincts, elite intangibles and will become the leader of a defense by the end of training camp. He makes the Buffalo run defense better immediately, and very quietly was second in the nation in INTs, showing great awareness in his drops (and good hands) against the pass. He may not end up this high, but I’m sold on him as a high-level NFL middle linebacker.
Kiper doesn’t have a quarterback coming off the board in the first round in his initial mock draft.

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