FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills

With The Eleventh Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The Buffalo Bills Select...

4/16/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5135 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Next up is intera, who couldn't be with us to post it under his own name, but sent in the #11 pick for the Buffalo Bills.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

With the 11th pick in the draft the Bills could go in multiple directions. The best value for the pick would be a defensive end, tight end, and outside linebacker. The Bills have needed a playmaking tight end for numerous years along with a capable pass rusher. Aaron Schobel is a very solid player, but Buffalo lacks a serious rush threat and it would add a serious dynamic to the defensive line.

With the 11th pick Buffalo was hoping either Brian Orakpo or Everette Brown would be available, that wasn't the case. With the two top defensive ends off the board, Buffalo narrowed it down to Robert Ayers from Tennessee, defensive end Aaron Maybin out of Penn State, Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew, and USC linebacker Brian Cushing. I automatically eliminated Brian Cushing and Robert Ayers because I felt it wouldn't be the best value at the spot. That left me with Aaron Maybin and Brandon Pettigrew. Maybin has unlimited potential and has really got himself into top shape. Maybin would bring the natural pass rush to the defense, but he still has improving to do against the run. Brandon Pettigrew is far and away the best tight end in this draft. His selection would solidify a position that has been a need for years, but with the addition of Terrell Owens could offense wait until the second?

Ultimately I went with the tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Maybin has potential, but I worry too much about his liability against the run and his lack of experience. Pettigrew is ready to contribute from day one and he has drawn comparisons to Dallas tight end, Jason Witten. If Pettigrew lives up to those comparisons than he is definitely worth the pick at 11. You want a guy who can step in and contributr from day one when you pick in the top of the first half and Brandon will do that. So with the 11th pick of the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select Brandon Pettigrew, tight end from Oklahoma State.
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4/16/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

derms33 wrote:
$hit it seems that the real draft does about 3 a day

Which is why it's a damn good thing they changed the format.  Not sure why they pushed the tme back 3 hours, but the limitations are definitely a good thing.

4/16/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Pat wrote:
3 per day... that's how we roll. Not a ton of time left before the real draft, so we gotta get these puppies out there!

$hit it seems that the real draft does about 3 a day

4/16/09   |   Pat   |   5135 respect

derms33 wrote:
Man 11th pick...these are flying by

3 per day... that's how we roll. Not a ton of time left before the real draft, so we gotta get these puppies out there!

4/16/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

JKB37 wrote:
I think its too high for Pettigrew.  I think they go defense too.  Most likely Maybin..

In this year's draft, who is projected to go #7 is about as equal in talent as the #20 projected guy.  The only reason not to take Pettigrew at #11 would be the contract dollars tied into that number selection.  I hope a damn rookie salary structure is on the very near horizon.

4/16/09   |   sbush

yea, it is too high

4/16/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

I think its too high for Pettigrew.  I think they go defense too.  Most likely Maybin..

4/16/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Pettigrew would be a smart pick for them, especially since he would be able to contribute immediately.  The Bills' offense may take a few weeks to gel, but if they took Pettigrew, they could scare some people.  Edwards with a security blanket type TE would really help him out.

4/16/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Pettigrew is a nice, safe pick

4/16/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Man 11th pick...these are flying by

4/16/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 Not bad ... i think they go defense tho :/