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