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Janoris Jenkins (Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE)

It has been a crazy past few weeks around the NFL, and it is hard to find a single story to pinpoint to sum it up.  When there is a new record for highest paid defenseman signing with a basement team, and that is not even third biggest story of the offseason, you know things have reached a fever pitch.  Tebow, Manning, BountyGate, whomever the Dolphins are not getting to play QB, and Mario Williams have dominated both the headlines and the water cooler talk, and we are still a month away from the draft.

Picking up Mario Williams and now former Patriot’s sack leader Mark Anderson will undoubtedly improve the front 7, and makes the pick for the Bills in the draft all the more interesting since the consensus top-2 Defensive Ends in the draft no longer make sense for Buffalo.  UNC’s Quinton Coples and S. Carolina’s Melvin Ingram are likely to go 1-2 in some order, probably in the top 12-15 picks. Buffalo was almost a guaranteed destination for one of them, but now that #10 pick is wide open.  Below are some names and positions that may be available and make sense.  One thing that Buffalo has done a fine job of is drafting minimal drama type of guys.  Yes, I know we have Stevie Johnson, but I think of him more as fun loving than cancerous, even when His Majesty Terrell Owens was here, he was mild as a kitten.  I have Left Tackle, Cornerback, and Wide Receiver as my positions of biggest need for the Bills, (you can talk me out of that order) and now that the tenth pick can be used on one of any number of upgrades.  At the end I will offer my own recommendation for that pick…

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  • frcorny

    Nice read. My picks? Kuechly or Wright in #1, Sanders or Schwartz in #2. But only if you can’t trade down.

  • Brad Andrews

    I’d be beyond shocked if the Bills took Kuechly. They really like Kelvin Sheppard at that MLB spot.

  • frcorny

    I’ve been reading some reports that have him fast enough to play OLB. I truly believe he would be an upgrade wherever you want to play him

  • AndrewJSatta

    Kuechly would surprise me as well, but I mentioned him to illustrate the point of drafting towards an average position in effort to make it a strength.  Wannstadt likes Sheppard a lot, but Kuechly is a far superior product.  Having them both, even if Shepp is slightly out of position is stronger than just having Shepp, even if he’s in a more natural spot. 

  • Brad Andrews

     @frcorny It’s tough to say what the Bills will do. Scouts/GMs seem to either love Kuechly or think he’s way overrated. We don’t know how Buddy Nix feels.

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