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QB Geno Smith, LB/DE Dion Jordan highlight Mock Draft Watch 2.0

Posted Feb 9, 2013


Below is the second edition of Mock Draft Watch – a rundown of the latest mock drafts compiled by Buffalobills.com via local and national NFL reporters.

RELATED: Mock Draft Watch 1.0

January 28 – Rob Rang, CBS Sports
No. 8 – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Analysis: While incumbent starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is far from the team's weakest link, few believe he is the caliber of quarterback that can lead Buffalo to a Super Bowl. Furthermore, general manager Buddy Nix has specifically stated he hopes to find the team's quarterback of the future. Furthermore, he told reporters at the Senior Bowl that he was impressed with Wilson's arm strength. While new head coach Doug Marrone might prefer his former Syracuse signal-caller Ryan Nassib, Wilson has the production against SEC competition to make Marrone - and the rest of Buffalo – believers.

January 28 – Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
No. 8 – Matt Barkley, USC
Analysis:  With new head coach Doug Marrone in Buffalo, his former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib makes a lot of sense for the Bills in the second round. With two quarterbacks already off the board in this scenario, Barkley could be the third after impressing NFL teams during the interview process.

February 4 – Matthew Fairburn, SB Nation
No. 8 – Dion Jordan, Oregon
Analysis:  New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine throws a wrench into the equation with this pick. He's a creative defensive mind who likes to attack the offense in a number of different ways. Dion Jordan is the perfect piece for his puzzle due to his versatility and explosiveness off the edge.

February 4 – Tony Pauline, USA Today
No. 8 – Geno Smith, West Virginia
Analysis: Buffalo signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a $62 million contract in 2011, then found out he was not the answer. The franchise starts again with Smith.

February 7 – Todd McShay, ESPN.com (Insider)
No. 8 – Geno Smith, West Virgina
Analysis:  Smith has had some trouble in bad weather, which is clearly a concern for Buffalo, but he is a good fit in offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's version of the West Coast offense. When he's on his game, Smith's mechanics, smarts and confidence are impressive. Where he lands is perhaps the most intriguing storyline leading up to draft day, with Kansas City, Jacksonville and Philadelphia all possibilities in the top five.

February 7 – Mel Kiper, ESPN.com (Insider)
No. 8 Alec Ogletree, Georgia
Analysis:  Sticking with a linebacker here, but going with the higher ceiling. The Bills really need help at interior linebacker, where Kelvin Sheppard is merely adequate. Ogletree was at one time a safety, and you see those kinds of instincts when he plays, because he simply flies to the ball. He's a great pursuit player and a guy who will shoot gaps and make stops in the backfield, but that's also because he has really good instincts. A big key with Ogletree is versatility. There's no reason he can't work on the edge, or inside. He has the ceiling of a player who can do it all.

February 8 – Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
Pick No. 8 – Dion Jordan, Oregon
I was with new Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for four years in Baltimore. He loves versatile defenders who allow his creative mind to mess with opposing quarterbacks. Jordan is a perfect fit for that role.