By Jeff Kubiszyn @JeffKubiszyn on March 31, 2014
The Buffalo Bills hold the No. 9 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Buffalo will get an impact player with the pick. The question is, who will the Bills take? Here are five players Buffalo should steer clear of come draft day.
Buffalo desperately needs a receiving tight end. Eric Ebron would seem to fill this need. If you look closer at Ebron though, you will see a slow 40 time (4.61) and a lackluster effort at blocking. Ebron may eventually turn into a very good pro, but not for the Bills at No. 9.
Buffalo invested its first pick last year in EJ Manuel. Bills management has wholeheartedly endorsed Manuel as the franchise quarterback. Bridgewater is considered the most NFL-ready signal caller in the draft, but Buffalo would not benefit from adding another first round quarterback to the roster. The team has other needs it can address in the first round.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is generally considered the second or third-best tight end in the draft. He missed the NFL Combine with a stress fracture in his foot. The Bills already have one injury-prone tight end on the roster – Tony Moeaki. Buffalo would be best served to look elsewhere at No. 9.
It's true that Manuel suffered three knee injuries in 2013. The offensive line gave up 49 sacks last season. It would make sense then to consider a mobile quarterback. But for the same reason the Bills would not draft Bridgewater, you have to apply the same logic to Manziel. It would not make sense to bring in a player with a questionable attitude to an organization that has not made the playoffs since 1999.
Anthony Barr is a very good football player. He generally ranks as the second-best linebacker to Khalil Mack. The problem is, where does he fit in new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's scheme? Barr can be tied up by blockers and does not shed them easily. For a team trying to shore up one of the league's worst run defenses, Barr does not seem to be the ideal first round pick.
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