2011 NFL Draft Big Board: Buffalo Bills, Take One

The 2011 NFL Draft begins two weeks from tonight. While the entire draft landscape is still extremely fluid - and will remain that way until just hours before the draft begins - things are undeniably starting to firm up. That includes my opinions on the prospects at the top of the draft class.

Consider this a little experiment. Like everything else, my Top 34 board is still very fluid - but I'm posting it tonight anyway. I'll do it again a few hours before the festivities begin on April 28; I'm just curious to see how much my opinions change in that time frame. More after the jump.

Nos. 1-3: This small portion of the big board is dedicated solely to the players that I'd take if I were the Buffalo Bills. Three picks, three players. Given the face smiling at you at the top of this post, you shouldn't be surprised who "my guy" (for the moment) is.

Nos. 4-34: The bulk of the board is not quite "BPA," but it has that type of feel. You'll notice an emphasis on safe picks, clean prospects, and immediate-impact guys (with the exception of the quarterbacks.) It is decidedly less about "the Bills must take someone on this list with their second-round pick," and more about who I like the most in this draft class.

Again, I'll be posting a Top 34 big board once more, on the night of April 28. Ideally, we won't see much movement. (You're almost certain to not see much movement in the Top 3, I'll tell you that.) This is entirely my opinion, and is not meant to be a predictive device. It'll be interesting to see what things look like after a fortnight.

No. Name Pos. College
1 Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
2 Von Miller OLB Texas A&M
3 Patrick Peterson CB LSU
4 A.J. Green WR Georgia
5 Julio Jones WR Alabama
6 Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
7 Cameron Jordan DE California
8 Aldon Smith DE Missouri
9 J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin
10 Nick Fairley DT Auburn
11 Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
12 Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson
13 Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
14 Tyron Smith OT USC
15 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame
16 Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
17 Jake Locker QB Washington
18 Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
19 Cam Newton QB Auburn
20 Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
21 Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
22 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State
23 Mike Pouncey OG Florida
24 Corey Liuget DT Illinois
25 Brandon Harris CB Miami (FL)
26 Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
27 Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State
28 Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple
29 Danny Watkins OG Baylor
30 Mark Ingram RB Alabama
31 Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
32 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina
33 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh
34 Bruce Carter OLB North Carolina
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