The Buffalo Rumblings Community Mock Draft rolls along, with the No. 12 overall pick coming at you right now...
With the No. 12 overall pick in the BR Community Mock Draft, 'J2' and the Buffalo Bills select Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff.
"After snagging an extra third-rounder I finally took the tackle," J2 explains. "I had a difficult time with this. Dre Kirkpatrick and Quinton Coples were both serious considerations but I went with the 'safer' pick here."
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"I took Reiff because this is the type of player that Buddy Nix likes," continues J2. "He'll bring his lunch pail to work with him every day. You're not going to have to worry about this kid's work ethic. He's 6'6", 315 pounds, and has the frame to get bigger if the Bills want him to. He's quick on his feet, does well in space, is a good technician and has good bending ability. He also has extensive experience in college playing in 37 games. People cite his short arms, but Jake Long and Joe Thomas have shorter arm length, so I'm not as concerned as some are - although it is a concern.
"I also took need into consideration here," the GM continued. "I'm not enamored with Chris Hairston, and Demetrius Bell just signed with Philadelphia, so there is a gaping hole at left tackle. Reiff may not be an elite athletic tackle prospect, but he certainly has the tools and work ethic to be a very, very good tackle for the Bills. Another reason tackle was considered was because of Ryan Fitzpatrick. His passer rating plummets to a 32.6 when he's under pressure, and he was the 38th-ranked ranked quarterback out of 42 for the 2011 season in average depth per target. That means that his targets are pitifully short at a pedestrian 8.1 yards per attempt. Reiff would go a long way toward changing that, giving Chan Gailey and Fitz more flexibility in the offense.
"Am I enamored with this pick? Not really, but I'm more than okay with it to the point that i'm happy about it," concludes J2. "Make no mistake, Buffalo is in a tough position and every player they could possibly take is going to get picked apart. I know Reiff's not an elite athletic talent, but elite athletic talent without work ethic or other pieces just don't do it for me. I like football players who are hard-working and do what it takes, and Reiff fits that bill. I've seen too many talented players wash out because they didn't put in the work necessary to be successful in the NFL, and I don't see that as an issue with Reiff. Couple that with Nix hinting at taking a tackle early, then Reiff is my man at No. 12."
|1||1||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck||QB||Stanford||link|
|1||2||Washington Redskins||Robert Griffin III||QB||Baylor||link|
|1||3||Minnesota Vikings||Matt Kalil||OT||USC||link|
|1||4||Cleveland Browns||Trent Richardson||RB||Alabama||link|
|1||5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Morris Claiborne||CB||LSU||link|
|1||6||St. Louis Rams||Justin Blackmon||WR||Oklahoma State||link|
|1||7||Jacksonville Jaguars||Michael Floyd||WR||Notre Dame||link|
|1||8||Miami Dolphins||Ryan Tannehill||QB||Texas A&M||link|
|1||9||Carolina Panthers||Fletcher Cox||DT||Mississippi State||link|
|1||10||Seattle Seahawks||David DeCastro||OG||Stanford||link|
|1||11||Kansas City Chiefs||Dontari Poe||DT||Memphis||link|
|1||12||Buffalo Bills||Riley Reiff||OT||Iowa||link|
|1||16||New York Jets||kfisk214|
|1||17||Cincinnati Bengals||Buffalo Bird|
|1||18||San Diego Chargers||BillsFanSanDiego619|
|1||27||New England Patriots||NoiseIsTheBestRevenge|
|1||28||Green Bay Packers||sellison|
|1||30||San Francisco 49ers||y2bianchi|
|1||31||New England Patriots||suteck|
|1||32||New York Giants||Hybrid1486|
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