Today is January 15, 2014. The four teams still alive are only beginning practice preparations for their conference championship games today. The 2014 NFL Draft does not begin for another 114 days. Yet here we are, discussing the first of an almost insufferable number of mock drafts that will be published over the next four months.
These mocks come to us courtesy of ESPN's Mel Kiper and Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network. Buckle up, Buffalo Bills fans. We start our look at mock drafts here at Buffalo Rumblings... wait for it... now.
Kiper has the Bills taking Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the No. 9 overall pick. A key figure on Auburn coach Gus Malzahn's unique offense, the 6'5", 320-pound tackle had an outstanding redshirt sophomore season in 2013, prompting his early entry into this year's draft. Kiper made the pick for the Bills, who need an upgrade at right tackle, but it's Jeremiah that has spent some time positively gushing about Auburn's left tackle.
Greg Robinson drove his man 7 yards down field on 2nd down, pancaked his man on 3rd down. He's a monster— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 7, 2014
Kiper was quick to point out that protecting EJ Manuel, who endured three separate knee injuries as a rookie, could be rationale enough for using a Top 10 pick on a line improvement.
C.J. Mosley, a linebacker out of Alabama, is Jeremiah's pick for the Bills; there is no written analysis for the pick. A senior, Mosley enjoyed a highly productive four-year career in which he developed into the proverbial quarterback of one of the nation's best and most talented defenses. The stat sheet stuffer would give the Bills the second three-down linebacker that they could desperately use alongside promising second-year man Kiko Alonso.
Since it's so early and there's still so much to be decided before we get to the draft, let's pose this question: between the two picks, which addition do you think would do the most to help the Bills win more football games in 2014?