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Todd McShay, Mel Kiper mock draft: Bills take QB, OG

Mel Kiper still thinks the Bills might take a guard, but Todd McShay has come around to the idea of a quarterback.


Mel Kiper and Todd McShay each released their latest 2013 NFL mock draft earlier this week, and while one of the ESPN draft gurus is still stuck in the same frame of mind with the Buffalo Bills, the other is finally coming around to the idea of the Bills taking a quarterback with the No. 8 overall pick.

The latter would be McShay, who projects Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib to the Bills in the first round. That's a prediction that you'll see a lot of over the next day and a half, as draft experts come to grips with the fact that Buffalo likely doesn't care where they've graded quarterbacks, and will very seriously consider taking one despite the perceived reach. Nassib's name will be seen most, with Matt Barkley's a (close?) second and Geno Smith sprinkled in here and there. (Heck, there's even an E.J. Manuel pick out there.)

Kiper, meanwhile, has the Bills taking North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper in the Top 10. This isn't the craziest idea - particularly since many believe the nimble-footed Cooper could also play center at the NFL level, and the Bills' own center is entering a contract year. But anyone that still believes the Bills will take an interior offensive lineman with a Top 10 pick (and there are still entirely too many out there, by the way) lacks a fundamental understanding of how the Bills operate under GM Buddy Nix.

Be glad that we're almost out of mock draft season, folks.