By Jeff Kubiszyn @JeffKubiszyn on March 24, 2014
The Buffalo Bills hold the No. 9 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Buffalo can go in several directions with the pick. Both sides of the ball need talent. Here are five players who the Bills should consider with the ninth pick.
Jake Matthews is one of the top offensive lineman in the draft. The former Texas A&M product would help stabilize a line that gave up 48 sacks last season. Buffalo drafted Cordy Glenn two years ago to play left tackle. Drafting the 6-foot-5, 308-pound Matthews would give the Bills two young bookend tackles for years to come.
Khalil Mack is considered by some draftniks to be the best player in the draft. Mack would fill a need at linebacker even though Buffalo recently signed Brandon Spikes. Spikes is signed for just this season, so the Bills need to address the position. Buffalo fans would love to see the University of Buffalo product lined up next to Kiko Alonso to form an exciting linebacking duo.
Greg Robinson is athletic for a man his size. Robinson is 6-foot-5 and 332 pounds, but is quick enough to handle speed rushers. He has the strength to stop bull rushers in their tracks. Buffalo led the league in rushing attempts in 2013. Adding him would make the Bills a lock to be a top rushing team in 2014.
Buffalo drafted E.J. Manuel as its franchise quarterback last year. Now the team needs to provide him with a big, athletic target to throw to. Eric Ebron would fill that need. He ran a 4.6-second 40, which is impressive for a 6-foot-4, 240-pound man. Manuel could use a safety blanket as he continues to adjust to NFL schemes and coverages. Ebron fits the mold.
Buffalo lacks a true playmaker at wide receiver who can stretch the field and keep defenses from stacking the box to stop the run. Sammy Watkins is that player. Watkins' 40 time at the NFL Combine was 4.43 seconds. He has the size and strength to battle big corners for the ball. Defending the Bills' offense would become much more difficult with Watkins on the field.
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