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2013 NFL Draft: Top Five Priorities for the Buffalo Bills

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Bills Front Office and Head Coach Doug Marrone

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The Buffalo Bills hold the eighth overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. For as bad as the Bills have been for the past dozen years, that pick just doesn’t seem high enough.

The last couple of years haven’t shown total ineptitude, but Buffalo has failed to get over the hump despite high draft choices.

It’s hard to believe, but Buffalo’s last playoff game was the loss to the Tennessee Titans in the Music City Miracle. That was 14 years ago.

With a brand new head coach in Doug Marrone, the Bills are looking to build on the last two seasons—minus the collapses. With C.J. Spiller and Stevie Johnson, along with another young wide receiver in T.J. Graham, the Bills will be looking to add to their offensive foundation.

There are a few defensive stars in place, anchored by defensive end Mario Williams and some young defensive backs on the rise, so the Bills will be looking offense.

By losing starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and guard Andy Levitre, both to Tennessee, those empty spots will be immediate needs. Even though the Bills signed recently cut Kevin Kolb to compete with Tarvaris Jackson at the starting quarterback position, neither of those two are the future of the franchise.

It will be important for Marrone to start his regime with a quarterback he can build his team’s identity around, whether that be this year or next. It all depends, however, how the teams in front of the Bills choose because there are others with the exact same needs as Buffalo, so luck will have to take a part.

Here are the Bills top five needs in this year’s NFL draft.

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The Bills will grab Geno Smith if he is still on the board with the eighth pick. He has the athleticism and promise to be an NFL star. He is a passer, a leader, and he will fit the system new coach Doug Marrone is bringing in.

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Offensive Guard

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With Andy Levitre leaving via free agency, the Bills will look to fill that offensive guard spot with someone who can start right away. That someone could be Alabama’s Chance Warmack.

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Wide Reciever

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If the quarterbacks and guards Buffalo covets are not on the board, they will go wide receiver. Stevie Jackson and T.J. Graham will need help at that position breaking in a new quarterback.

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Defensive Line

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Mario Williams is no doubt a stud on the defensive line. Buffalo will be looking to add another fringe rusher or stop gap inside guy to help take the load off their All-Pro defensive end.

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Offensive Line

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Levitre was a star player on the line and often did the work of two. The Bills will look to grab another interior lineman to help protect their quarterback and open lanes for C.J. Spiller.