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Buffalo Bills select UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky in beat writers’ mock draft

Tim Graham takes the first quarterback off the board for the Bills.

With the NFL Draft about a week away, the Los Angeles Times ran a live mock draft Thursday that had beat writers for all 32 teams making their first round selections. Selection duties for the Buffalo Bills fell on Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, who selected North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky tenth overall.

As for his reasoning, Graham writes, “The Bills have so many needs, they would be better off trading back for more picks. They re-signed Tyrod Taylor but still must shape the organization’s long-term future at quarterback.”

At this point, it seems like most Bills fans would rather see the team trade back in the first round, if possible. The Bills only have six picks right now (possibly seven, if they decline to match the Patriots’ offer sheet for RFA running back Mike Gillislee). They also have a few roster holes that match the strengths of this draft, especially at wide receiver and defensive back.

If they do stay at ten, however, Trubisky would certainly be an interesting, if expected, choice. As our head honcho Chris Trapasso noted in an episode of Buffalo Mumblings, Trubisky would be one of the least-experienced first round quarterbacks in history. He’s almost certain to go in the first 12 picks, but if quarterback-needy teams like the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets pass on him it should raise some eyebrows.

When Graham made his pick, a few common Bills targets were off the board, beginning with safety Malik Hooker, whom the Bears took with the third pick. The Titans took safety Jamal Adams fifth, and the Jets followed with cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Wide receiver Mike Williams went seventh to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Remaining on the board were tight end O.J. Howard (who went 12th), linebackers Haason Reddick (11th) and Reuben Foster (13th), and receivers John Ross (14th) and Corey Davis (16th).

The next quarterbacks didn’t come off the board until the end of the round, when the Texans selected Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes at 25 and the Chiefs selected Clemson’s Deshaun Watson at 27.