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2014 NFL Draft: Ranking Buffalo Bills’ Top 5 Needs

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Ranking The Buffalo Bills' Top Five Draft Needs

E.J. Manuel
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Doug Marrone's first season at the helm of the Buffalo Bills went about as well as to be expected. A first time NFL head coach, Marrone guided the young Bills squad through a season that was both mediocre and promising. Obviously a 6-10 season isn't an ideal goal for any NFL team, but the way in which the Bills got those six wins was impressive.

With a roster long on talent but short on experience, the Bills showed a lot of promise during the 2013-14 season, and that certainly has to give fans reason to put hope into the future. In last year’s draft, the Bills selected their quarterback of the future in E.J. Manuel and drafted two dynamic, young receivers in Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin to add to the team’s young core.

With that said, the work isn't done yet for the Bills. For a team that has missed the playoffs in each of the past 14 years, however, things are finally looking up at least. GM Doug Whaley, while going into his first offseason as a general manager, is well prepared to continue adding talent, and with Marrone at the helm and Manuel looking like the franchise’s long awaited franchise quarterback, the Bills could find themselves looking at playoff contention as early as next year.

Overall, the 2014 NFL Draft is extremely important to Buffalo, as the team has to address some of the needs on the roster if they really want to secure that elusive playoff spot.

Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, the Buffalo Bills' five biggest needs in this year’s draft.

Chris Ross is an NFL Draft writer for You can follow him on Twitter, @prosport_news, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Tight End

Scott Chandler
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Scott Chandler has been no more than average for the Bills over the past few years, and while he would be a fine backup, Chandler is miscast as a starter. With guys like Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins all available in this year’s draft, Buffalo needs to make finding a new tight end a priority.

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4. Wide Receiver

Kelvin Benjamin
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It may seem silly for the Bills to draft a receiver this year. I mean, the team already has Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. The thing is, for all the talent the Bills have at the position, the team still needs a big, physical receiver for Manuel to throw to. Someone like Kelvin Benjamin would be a nice choice for Buffalo in the early rounds.

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3. Safety

Jairus Byrd
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With Jairus Byrd possibly on the way out, the Bills would be wise to look for an insurance policy in this year’s draft. As much confidence as the team seems to have in Aaron Williams, the other safety spot remains an issue if Byrd really does leave. At the very least, Buffalo should spend a mid-rounder on somebody to play opposite Williams.

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2. Right Tackle

Erik Pears
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Youngster Cordy Glenn has been very impressive on the left side of the Bill’s offensive line, but on the right side, Erik Pears has been a totally different story. Perhaps the weakest link on a mediocre offensive line, the Bills need to find Pears replacement, and with the 2014 Draft filled with offensive tackles, now is the time to do it.

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1. Offensive Guard

Cyril Richardson
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The Bills have needed an NFL-quality guard for quite some time now, and this year’s draft has some nice prospects, like Stanford’s David Yankey and Baylor’s Cyril Richardson. It’s time Buffalo spends an early pick on a guard, and this is a great draft to do so.