In the final days leading up to the annual NFL Draft, mock drafts shift from speculative, thinking-outside-the-box conversation starters to something slightly more tangible to reality as beat reporters begin to glean bits about the plans of various teams. Such is purportedly the case with 2014 NFL mock drafts released in the last several hours by Daniel Jeremiah (NFL Network) and Peter King (The MMQB).
Jeremiah's mock draft projects Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews to the Buffalo Bills with the No. 9 overall pick. Matthews has been among the most frequent names mocked to the Bills throughout the spring, and with just two-plus days until the first round begins, Matthews has become the name that most observers believe the Bills won't pass on if available.
Taylor Lewan, the offensive tackle from Michigan, is King's pick for the Bills. Lewan did not make a pre-draft visit to the Bills, and the proverbial tea leaves are pointing to Buffalo preferring Zack Martin of Notre Dame to Lewan, who nonetheless has also been a popular mock pick for the Bills over the last several months.
(King also, for the record, goes out of his way to note that the Bills "love" LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. That's worth keeping in mind.)
Regardless of the final accuracy of these mock drafts, the early theme to draft week is clear: most observers are leaning toward offensive tackle for the Bills. Keep in mind that the Bills haven't taken a tackle higher than the second round since 2002, when Mike Williams was made the No. 4 overall pick out of Texas.