We are up to the third pick in our 2011 mock, so it’s time to see where the Buffalo Bills are going to go. The Bills showed the ability to score on offense last season, but their defense was just awful. It’s been tough to get a read on how the team feels about starting quarterback (and former Ram) Ryan Fitzpatrick, but he put up solid numbers in the 2010 season. I wouldn’t be shocked if they went quarterback with the pick, especially if Cam Newton (QB Auburn) is available, but the need is really on defense.
Who They Should Take: There are a ton of options here that could really help this team. I think they will pull the trigger on Newton if he makes it there, but I don’t think he does. Blaine Gabbert (QB Mizzou) is also an option, but I don’t think they are in love with him. Defensive line is probably the right move here, so Von Miller (DE/OLB Texas A&M) is a nice option, as are Da’Quan Bowers (DE Clemson) and Robert Quinn (DE N. Carolina).
Who They Will Take: I think Miller will go here, and I think it’s probably the right pick. I wouldn’t give up on Fitzpatrick just yet if I were the Bills, and they have a much bigger need on defense. Miller looks like he could develop into an elite player, and he would be an outstanding addition to this struggling unit. I think the first two picks are going to determine a lot of what happens over the next few picks, but if the draft starts with Newton and Dareus, I think Miller becomes a Bill.
Other Possibilities: Gabbert, Bowers, Quinn, Nick Fairley (DT Auburn)