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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Patrick Peterson, Christian Ballard To Bills

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My latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft has posted at SBNation.com, and you probably won't be surprised by the player that I've projected to the Buffalo Bills third overall; you've seen LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson in that slot many times, and he remains a serious contender to be picked at the Bills' No. 3 overall spot.

This week, however, I decided to spice up the conversations a bit by mocking two rounds, so I wanted to touch briefly on the Bills' second-round pick, Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard.

Ballard, to me, is a higher-upside version of last year's third-round pick, Alex Carrington - he's got ideal five-technique size and raw power, but is more of a penetrator at this point than a stack-and-shed defender. He might not be effective as more than a rotational guy right away, but long-term, he'd look great bookending Carrington in the Bills' 3-4 defense.

Yes, I also considered quarterbacks at both spots for the Bills: Cam Newton at No. 3, and Christian Ponder at No. 34.