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Mock Draft Watch 1.0

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Here is the first edition of Mock Draft Watch, presented by M&T Bank – a rundown of the latest mock drafts compiled by Buffalobills.com via local and national NFL reporters.

December 18 – ESPN.com, Todd McShay
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
This scenario works out well for Buffalo. The Bills need to upgrade the O-line and provide QB EJ Manuel with more time to throw, and Lewan could immediately help solidify this unit. Lewan isn't an exceptional athlete but he has enough quickness to get by when coupled with his physicality and mean streak. I've written a few times this season that even though Lewan doesn't always look like a prototype left tackle, he is very effective in run blocking and pass protection. Safety might be seen as a bigger need for Buffalo, but typically if you have a chance to take an offensive tackle over a safety in the first round, you do it.

December 30 – Rotoworld, Josh Norris
No. 9 – LB Anthony Barr
The Bills can go in a variety of directions, but I believe Barr fits the versatility up front. I know Jerry Hughes played well, but consider Barr a replacement for Manny Lawson. Barr is only in his second season on the defensive side of the ball. He added weight this season and kept the same ridiculous closing speed. When he keeps that space on the edge, watch out. When he loops inside, watch out. But I want to see more hand use and counter moves from Barr. The upside is absolutely there, however.

December 30 – SI.com, Chris Burke
9. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Mentioned above that this had been a spot reserved for Mack in most of my recent mocks. This would not be a bad consolation prize. Mosley projects more as an inside guy in the pros — either as a 4-3 MLB or 3-4 ILB — but he could do some damage out of a weakside position, which is where he’s played at Alabama. The Bills’ hybrid defense could take advantage of having both Mosley and Kiko Alonso, and it’s important to remember that teams increasingly use two-LB, nickel sets, so Mosley’s time stuck outside might be limited.

December 30 – CBS Sports, Rob Rang
No. 9 - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
With Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and impressive rookie Kiko Alonso leading the way, the Bills quietly emerged as one of the NFL's top defenses in 2013 - at least against the pass. While ranking second in sacks (57) and fourth overall against the pass, the Bills fell short against the run, allowing 128.9 yards per run, fifth-worst in the NFL. Athletic and powerful, Barr would give offer better containment on the outside to aid in this area.

December 30 – CBS Sports, Dane Brugler
No. 9 - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
The Bills have found themselves an impact middle linebacker with Kiko Alonso and could upgrade the outside linebacker spot with the athleticism and heady instincts of Mosley.

December 30 – SB Nation, Dan Kadar
9. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
There is going to be a heated debate about what the Bills should do with this choice. Which has more value in an offense, a lead tight end or a No. 1 wide receiver? If there was a Jimmy Graham-like tight end in the 2014 draft, that might be the answer. There's not. Because of that, a player like Evans would be a wiser choice. He can win any jump ball situation and pull in bad throws. He's a good foil for receivers like Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods.

January 9 – Bleacher Report, Chris Trapasso
No. 9 – Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
Eric Ebron was a do-it-all tight end for North Carolina over the past two seasons. At 6'4'' and 245 pounds, he moves extremely well after the catch and certainly has the overall size to be the "open when he's covered" pass-catcher the Bills need in their offense. Julius Thomas played basketball in college, and Ebron's agility and open-field running ability can be likened to a small forward.