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Kiper mocks Bills 1st 3 picks

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2014 – 2:44 pm

Mock drafts are flying in left and right this time of year as the 2014 draft is just over a month away. ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has taken on the task of making mock picks for all 32 teams in the league through the first three rounds. His picks for Buffalo are pretty interesting as he addressed some of the perceived top positional needs for the team.

Here’s how things fell in Kiper’s mock picks for Buffalo.

Buffalo Bills
Top needs: RT, WR, S, TE

Round 1 (9) OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Round 2 (41) TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Round 3 (73) WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers

Analysis: I’d like to find a good matchup threat in the passing game for my young quarterback. But keeping him healthy is the first concern, and getting Lewan — who easily could have been a top-two pick last season in a thinner draft — at No. 9 is a good value at a position of need. The draft is deep with pass-catchers, and I take advantage of that in Round 2, taking Seferian-Jenkins even ahead of Jace Amaro. Scott Chandler is a pretty good player, but “ASJ” is at another level athletically, and his presence could also allow Buffalo to involve some two-tight end looks. I’m taking a shot on a big target in Round 3. At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Coleman provides great length and the ability to make plays over defenders. I also see safety as a need, but building around EJ Manuel wins out here based on how the board played out.

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