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Mayock wouldn’t take QB for Bills at 8

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2013 – 11:39 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked if the Bills should take a quarterback with the eighth overall pick knowing that several of the other NFL teams in the market for a QB draft ahead of Buffalo in round two. Mayock doesn’t believe there’s a quarterback worthy of taking at 8.

“From a value perspective and I don’t think Geno Smith makes sense in Buffalo,” Mayock said. “I saw him play in cold weather in the bowl game and I saw him play in cold weather at Iowa State, and I don’t see him fitting in in an outdoor arena in Buffalo. So if it’s not him, do you want Matt Barkley or Ryan Nassib or E.J. Manuel at 8? That’s way too high, for me.

“And Buddy [Nix] could be sitting there going, hey, I don’t care what round I get my quarterback in, I just need to get him, and I understand that.

“But for me, I’d rather get a positional player at 8 that is going to help me immediately and hopefully it’s an offensive lineman. If it’s not an offensive lineman, I’m going to get somebody at 8; whether it’s Chance Warmack or an edge player to pressure the quarterback, but I’m going to get somebody that I can plug in and make our team better.

“Then I’m going to come back in, and if I have to come back in and trade up and get to 26 to 32, I’ll do that. But I don’t want to give up my first round pick to have that — I want to give up my third or I want to give up something else, but I don’t want to give up my first.”

The only problem with Mayock’s theory is Buffalo doesn’t have the ammunition in terms of draft picks with just six to move back into the bottom of round one. They’d likely have to part with a high pick next year to make a move that puts lands them 15 picks higher.

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