Buffalo Bills 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 7 Rounds

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Buffalo Bills 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 7 Rounds

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James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another mock draft for the Buffalo Bills, and this time expect major changes. A few things are assumed including Fred Davis and Darrius Heyward-Bey both signing with the team. Since Davis is a tight end, and he’s only 27 years old it eliminates any need for a tight end since Scott Chandler will be back sooner than later. Also, after some discussion, there is an inkling that the Bills will make a deal for Bart Scott when training camp gets closer so inside linebacker need is eliminated as well.

Since a lot of Bills fans were talking about taking two quarterbacks, this week will be the barometer for that theory. This much will be spoiled: the quarterbacks that are selected to the Bills in this mock draft will not be Geno Smith; he’s going to be a top five pick. This draft in some regards will be safer than previous ones. There are some familiar faces from the two previous mocks as well.

Unless new head coach Doug Marrone has some tricks up his sleeve (which he might have a few), with only six picks the Bills are shackled for the 2013-2014 NFL season. However, that being said, that’s why the games are actually played and not just looked at and appraised on paper with a vote picking the winner.

Once again, this is a mock draft so it is heavily encouraged to tear this to shreds with constructive criticism so don’t just say “Oh he’s going to be a bust!! Because he went to this school”, explain in detail this thought process more creatively.

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First Round - Matt Barkley, QB USC

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Right off the gun the Bills get their franchise quarterback in Matt Barkley out of Southern California. A lot of people don't like him because he fits the mold of the "California Quarterback". Aaron Rodgers is a one of those types as well. Barkley is arguably the most NFL ready of any of the quarterbacks coming out in 2013 due to being a four year starter for the Trojans and could start Day one as he did in college.

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Second Round - DeAndre Hopkins, WR Clemson

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Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

While Hopkins won't torch defensive backs, he did run a 4.57 40 time and he has extremely large hands for his size. At 6' 1" 217 lbs., Hopkins could arguably be the best possession wide receiver in this year's draft. He has deceiving body strength and powers through arm tackles.

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Third Round - William Gholston, DE Michigan State

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Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills defense needs some attitude, and William Gholston brings that the table. He's a mean, punishing 3-4 defensive end that will make quarterbacks remember his name the day after games. The biggest knock on Gholston's game is that he's wildly inconsistent. When he's on, he could look like a top ten draft pick, but when he's off, he looks more like a fifth rounder and that's why he is fair value in the third round.

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

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Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

D.J. Swearinger keeps the new attitude coming in back to back rounds as he is a mean, clean, hard hitting safety that would look amazing next to Pro Bowl free safety Jairus Byrd. Also under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine Jr., Swearinger could look like the steal of the 2013 NFL Draft if he's developed properly which he should under these coaches.

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Fifth Round - David Amerson, CB N.C. State

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Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills need depth at cornerback and David Amerson is it. He's a big cornerback at 6' 1" 205 lbs. Amerson also gambles a lot, perhaps too much and gets burned for it. That will knock him down to round five, otherwise he would be a third round selection for another team. Defensive backs coach, Donnie Henderson, could sit him down and correct his flaws and make him into a very good cornerback for years to come.

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Sixth Round - Zac Dysert, QB Miami (OH)

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Zac Dysert's draft stock has been all over the board lately as high as fourth round to even not drafted. Some people compare him to Ben Roethlisberger. Yes, they both went to Miami (OH), however that's where the similarities end. In Ben's final season there, he had a 69.1 completion percentage and passed for nearly 4,500 yards with 37 touchdown passes. If the Bills draft a second quarterback in the same class, they could do a lot worse than Dysert.


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