2014 NFL Draft rankings: Mike Mayock releases Top 5 lists

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Mike Mayock has released his first 2014 NFL Draft positional rankings of the year. How does he see things at positions where the Bills need help?

The 2014 NFL Combine begins later this week in Indianapolis, and as is his annual practice, Mike Mayock of NFL Network has unveiled his first set of draft rankings, listing his top five prospects at each position. You can view the full list here.

In terms of positions that the Buffalo Bills may address with their No. 9 overall pick in Round 1, there are few surprises on Mayock's set of rankings. The tight end and offensive tackle groups break down pretty much as expected, and the same is true at wide receiver - with the minor exception of slotting Marqise Lee (USC) ahead of both Mike Evans (Texas A&M) and Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State). The latter two names are brought up more frequently by Bills fans because they're both taller receivers.

Defensively, things get a bit more interesting. Mayock lists Khalil Mack, of UB, as the top overall linebacker in the draft, ahead of C.J. Mosley (Alabama) and Anthony Barr (UCLA). It's also interesting to note that he rates cornerback Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State) in front of Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), though it's also not particularly likely that the Bills will look at cornerback in Round 1, even if it might be wise to do so.

Take a peek at Mayock's rankings, and let us know which positional lists surprise you, and which offer the most first-round value for the Bills.

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