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Mock Draft Watch 8.0

Posted Apr 12, 2014

The eighth edition of Mock Draft Watch – a rundown of the latest mock drafts compiled by buffalobills.com via local and national NFL reporters.

April 11 – CBS Sports, Pat Kirwan
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Doug Marrone knows the value of a 10-year starter at left tackle and can't believe Matthews, maybe the safest pick in the draft, is still on the board.

April 10 – USA Today, Nate Davis
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
He would make a nice tackle combo with Cordy Glenn, regardless of who plays on which side.

April 10 – SI.com, Don Banks
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron continues to get a lot of linkage to the Bills, but the top priority in Buffalo seems to be protecting second-year quarterback EJ Manuel, who was sidelined twice by knee injuries during his rookie season. Lewan just seems like a natural pick for the Bills' no-nonsense head coach Doug Marrone, a former offensive line coach. He carries a top-10 grade and would give the Bills the flexibility of either starting him at right tackle, or flopping starting left tackle Cordy Glenn to the right side.

April 10 – ESPN.com (Insider) – Todd McShay
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
This is something of an outside-the-box pick, and certainly doesn't fill a glaring need, but the more I think about it the more I like the selection. For one, there aren't many glaring holes on this team, opening things up for the Bills to take the best available player. Also, second-year QB EJ Manuel would really benefit from having an elite downfield threat with seam-stretching speed like Ebron at the tight end position, giving him another weapon alongside WRs Stevie JohnsonRobert Woods and Mike Williams and steady TE Scott Chandler.

No. 41 – T Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee
After passing up on a tackle at No. 9 overall, the Bills get a good value in James who is a great fit for their zone-blocking scheme.

April 10 – CBS Sports, Will Brinson
No. 9 – Eric Ebron, UNC
Another draft, another weapon for EJ Manuel. Doug Marrone's essentially all in on his first-round pick from last year, so why not get him weapons?

April 9 – NFL.com – Daniel Jeremiah
No. 9 – LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Mosley and Kiko Alonso would form one of the top young linebacker duos in the league.

April 8 – NFL.com, Chase Goodbread
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
Whether it's EJ Manuel or someone else, the Bills' quarterback could use a downfield tight end threat.

April 8 – CBS Sports, Dane Brugler
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
The Bills need to add a big, physical presence in the receiving game, whether at wide receiver or tight end. Ebron is a freak athlete who will instantly help the Bills offense and second-year quarterback EJ Manuel.

April 8 – CBS Sports, Rob Rang
No. 9 – TE Eric Ebron, UNC
The addition of veteran wideout Mike Williams lessens the need for playmaking pass-catchers but doesn't eliminate it. The 6-4, 250-pound Ebron possesses eye-popping speed and agility, which could aid young E.J. Manuel's development.

April 8 – Sideline view, Lance Zierlein
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan

April 7 – Yahoo Sports, Eric Edholm
No. 9 – T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
If you're going to support your almost-rookie quarterback (considering how much time EJ Manuel missed last season), then you need to help him out, and either a right tackle (Lewan) or a seam-stretching tight end (Ebron) would achieve just that.

April 7 – SB Nation, Dan Kadar
No. 9 – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Like many mock drafts we've put together, this ends up being a tough draw for the Bills. The top two wide receivers are gone, and Buffalo's other top needs don't have value here. There is nothing wrong with settling on Matthews. Arguably the best tackle in the draft, Matthews would fit nicely as Buffalo's starting right tackle.

April 7 – Pro Football Talk, Mike Florio
No. 9 – Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Regarded a year ago to be better than Luke Joeckel, he’ll help beef up an offensive line that has underperformed in recent years.

April 5 – NY Post, Steve Serby
No. 9 – T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
A steal with peerless pedigree for coach Doug Marrone, who can move Cordy Glenn to the right side. Donald Trump, of course, would have traded up for Johnny Football if he owned the team.