2012 NFL Mock Draft: Don Banks Likes Courtney Upshaw To Buffalo

In the annual "everyone with a pulse releases an NFL mock draft" rat race, things can get highly repetitive for fans of a team with an obvious need. Such is the case for the Buffalo Bills, who enter the 2012 NFL Draft with an obvious - and admitted-to - need to bolster their pass rush.

As such, add SI's Don Banks to the list of names that project - three months in advance - that the Bills will use their No. 10 overall pick on Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw.

Another theme that typically comes about, particularly with mock drafts that occur so early: players at the same position come "off the board" in almost exactly the order that they're ranked in the court of public opinion. In Banks' mock draft, Upshaw - as he is in virtually every other mock draft - is the second pass rushing prospect off the board, following North Carolina's Quinton Coples.

Who else can't wait for a time when mock drafts are actually interesting?

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