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Buffalo Bills 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds

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Buffalo Bills 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds

Buffalo Bills 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds
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It was the same old since 2000 for the Buffalo Bills, big playoff talks all of last year’s off-season especially after landing the biggest defensive free agent in recent history with defensive end Mario Williams and that resulted in even bigger disappointments after the playoff hopes were extremely far in the rear view window. It was yet another six win season under head coach Chan Gailey who was fired right after the 2012 season ended with the rest of his coaching staff.

That being said, the Bills didn’t waste any time replacing Gailey by making the bold move of looking down New York State Thruway and hiring the Syracuse University head coach Doug Marrone as their head coach. In addition, the Bills have brought in highly touted defensive coordinator Mike Pettine Jr. who used to coach the defense of the division rival New York Jets. Pettine will certainly light a fire under this defense that is direly needed and on the offense Marrone should harness the potential and talent level of his side of the ball especially.

With only six picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Bills have to be wise and efficient and that’s why they should go half on offense and half on defense to make the team better and more balanced. The Bills also have a great deal of needs, but here’s hoping that with an intelligent off-season free agent signing or two and all of these picks, this once storied franchise can turn things around.

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First Round - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennessee

First Round - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennessee
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At pick eight overall, the Buffalo Bills take the most talked about prospect in this year's draft class in Cordarrelle Patterson. While he is one of the most raw prospects due to only playing at Tennessee for one season, he showed amazing explosiveness and speed. Combined with being 6' 2" and 216 lbs. Patterson will be an excellent complement to star wide out Stevie Johnson.

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Second Round - Tyler Bray, QB Tennessee

Second Round - Tyler Bray, QB Tennessee
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While this might be considered a reach, this might pay off huge in the long run by taking Tyler Bray. He has immense size at 6' 6" and 232 lbs. plus an extremely strong arm that can't be taught. Another huge benefit of taking Bray here is that he is paired back up with Cordarrelle Patterson who was taken in the first round is that they will have instant chemistry from playing together in college.

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Third Round - D.J. Swearinger, S South Carolina

Third Round - D.J. Swearinger, S South Carolina
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The Buffalo Bills keep adding day one starters when they select D.J. Swearinger out of South Carolina. While Swearinger will not blow people away with freakish size at 5' 11" 208 lbs., people will be asking what was the number of the train that just hit that wide receiver. He plays extremely mean, and that's something the Bills have desperately missed for years, if not decades. Another bonus for Swearinger is that he will be teamed up with fellow South Carolina Gamecock alum Stephon Gilmore.

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Fourth Round - Chase Thomas, OLB Stanford

Fourth Round - Chase Thomas, OLB Stanford
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This will be a much scrutinized pick due to his slow forty yard dash time of 4.91 seconds, however at 6' 3" 244 lbs. Chase Thomas could still be an excellent pass rushing linebacker. Thomas has amassed an incredible 50.5 tackles for loss in his career for the Stanford Cardinal and if he were not to pan out, it's a forth round pick. The Bills could always kick him to the opposite side, provide solid depth, and take his replacement in 2014.

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Fifth Round - LeVeon Bell, RB Michigan State

Fifth Round - LeVeon Bell, RB Michigan State
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This will be another pick that goes through the ringer greatly since it is a running back and the Buffalo Bills are one of the few teams that have a true one-two punch at this position. This being said, Fred Jackson isn't getting any younger and Bell provides amazing value at this point of the draft. He also provides a perfect complement of power at 6' 1" 230 lbs. to C. J. Spiller's blazing speed that every NFL team has to take note of after this past season of scoring several long touchdowns.

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Sixth Round - Levine Toilolo, TE Stanford

Sixth Round - Levine Toilolo, TE Stanford
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Levine Toilolo is a sheer mountain of a man at 6' 8" and 260 lbs. and it could be considered a luxury pick up, however it is unknown if starting tight end Scott Chandler will be ready for week one of the NFL season. Toilolo will not be a Rob Gronkowski, but who will be? Toilolo will be an excellent red zone threat for years to come and getting him in round six is a tremendous value for the Buffalo Bills.