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Mayock: Bills in tough spot at 8

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2013 – 2:22 pm

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock was asked specifically about the direction the Bills could or should take with the eighth overall pick. He’s not a fan of the value on the board and Buffalo’s positional needs, feeling they don’t match up. So here is his best solution for them.

“I think they’re in a little bit of a tough spot,” Mayock said. “There is obviously a whole quarterback conversation that has to be held. And I’m not a big believer that there is a quarterback worthy at that spot. Now Buddy Nix might disagree with me. It could be Geno Smith, who I don’t think is a fit. It could be Matt Barkley. It could be Ryan Nassib. But to me, they’re not fits.

“So if you’re not going to take a quarterback at eight and you don’t have a chance to trade down, to me they have an offensive line need. I’d love to see them get a tackle and move Cordy Glenn to the right side or inside. I think it would help two spots if you could get a left tackle.

“But at eight, I don’t think you’ll get a left tackle unless you’re willing to trade up. So sitting there, I mentioned (guards Chance) Warmack and (Jonathan) Cooper. Either one of which I’m good with at 8.

“I don’t think there is a wide receiver at eight. Initially I thought about Tavon Austin there. He’s the most explosive offensive player in this draft. The more I thought about t I thought you’ve already got Leodis McKelvin to return punts. You have C.J. Spiller at tailback who can split out and do some of those things. So as much as I like Austin, I’m not sure he’s a great fit there. So I think you’re kind of stuck.

“If it’s not the quarterback, you’re looking at the best offensive lineman on your board or an edge rusher. With Mario Williams on one side, Mark Anderson coming back from injury, and Chris Kelsay retired, you’ve got room for an edge rusher. So a Barkevious Mingo or somebody like that, that wouldn’t surprise me either.”

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Nix dismisses guard talk

Posted by Chris Brown on April 16, 2013 – 11:26 pm

Recent mock drafts by ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both had one of the top two guards projected to the Bills in their respective mock drafts. However, Bills GM Buddy Nix didn’t sound all that anxious to take North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper or Alabama’s Chance Warmack with the eighth overall pick despite his respect for the skill sets of those players.

When asked if the free agent losses of Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart left them in a situation where they felt compelled to take one of the top two guards, who many feel are fitting of top 10 value, Nix said he did not.

“Not at all. Not at all,” said Nix. “I know people have said we’re taking one of those top two guards. Our roster in house is better than I think we get credit for especially offensive line. We’re pretty deep there. We’ve got six guards and we think a couple of them can play. Now having said all that before you write that we’re not going to take a guard at number eight, it’s hard to pass up two players like the old boy at Alabama and the kid at North Carolina. Both of those are great players so you have to give that a lot of thought when they come up.”

Still, Nix went on to say that if they got through the draft without taking a guard they wouldn’t be in a panic situation. So it sounds like even though the grade and value on Cooper or Warmack might fit for pick 8, the Bills aren’t keenly interested in landing one of them at that point in the draft.

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King hearing guard talk for Bills at 8

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2013 – 10:11 am

We saw ESPN draft analysts and some draft analysts predict a guard for the Bills at 8th overall, with the value very fitting there with prospects like UNC’s Jonathan Cooper and Alabama’s Chance Warmack. Now’s Peter King is reporting that he’s also hearing guard as a viable option for Buffalo at 8.

Here’s what King wrote about that very subject in his assessment of the Top 10 in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.

8. Buffalo. Heard guard a lot  over the weekend, with coach Doug Marrone figuring he can get his quarterback  either at 41 overall or by moving up 10 to 15 spots to get Ryan Nassib or the QB  of his dreams.

While I don’t dispute for a second that in terms of value both of those guards are top 10 worthy, I don’t see the Bills attaching that measure of importance to the guard position. I tend to believe that the value of a top flight pass rusher would trump guard at eighth overall, especially if there are no quarterbacks they feel are worthy of that spot at 8.

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Guard taking lead for Bills in newest mocks

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2013 – 12:34 pm

Last week ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper in his latest mock draft had the Bills taking North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper eighth overall, a departure from the more popular pass rushing LB and QB picks in other mock drafts. Now fellow ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has gone and done the same with a differenct offensive lineman.

McShay has Alabama’s Chance Warmack going to the Bills with the eighth overall pick. Here’s his assessment.

8. Buffal0 – G Chance Warmack – Alabama

Scenario 1: Warmack is physically dominant and would fill the hole left by the departure of Andy Levitre. It’s not a sexy pick, but Warmack is perhaps the most NFL-ready prospect at any position and would help protect free-agent acquisition Kevin Kolb, who had trouble staying healthy behind Arizona’s suspect offensive line last season.
Scenario 2: Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib seems like a natural fit in Buffalo, with his former college coach Doug Marrone taking the reins for the Bills. This pick might be a little rich for Nassib, but Buffalo could perhaps utilize it in a trade that would allow Marrone to get Nassib later in the fist or early in the second.
Scenario 3: The Bills need a pass-rusher to help take pressure off the rest of the defensive line, and the explosiveness and natural athleticism of DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo would lend some flexibility to the defense.
Stats and Info: Buffalo used five different right guards last season, tied for the second most in the NFL. Warmack played every game on an Alabama offensive line that averaged 6.5 yards per carry on designed run plays between the tackles last season.

There’s no question that Warmack and Cooper are the two most talented guards in the class and the only worthy first-round picks at that position. Replacing Levitre is an issue that must be addressed, but whether Buffalo goes to these lengths is up for debate.

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