NFL Mock Draft 2012: Buffalo Bills Bolster LB Corps With BC's Kuechly

With the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

This pick would have a been a slam dunk if Jess didn't already nab Riley Reiff for the Jaguars. Instead, the Bills are left in a unenviable position with LT Demetrius Bell looking to get out of New York and other offensive linemen options (Jonathan Martin and Mike Adams) widely considered reaches here.

Most draftniks would go with WR Michael Floyd but for me, it seems more likely the that the Bills continue with their defense-oriented offseason approach and take Luke Kuechly here instead. In a perfect world, the Bills would find a team needy for a play-maker like Floyd and trade down to a selection where Martin is more reasonable but I think we can all agree that the Bills have never lived in anything remotely resembling a perfect world.

Kuechly is the safest choice available with the range and natural instincts to be Pro Bowl contender for years to come. Pairing him with Nick Barnett and Kelvin Sheppard would hands down give the Bills the most dominant front seven in the division. Floyd may be a realistic temptation here but the Bills could still easily grab a talented number two wideout to pair with Stevie Johnson like Rueben Randle or Mohamed Sanu later in the second round.

The Kansas City Chiefs are now on the clock. Bryan Gibberman will make the pick.

Previous picks:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina.


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