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April 25, 2013

MEILER: No perfect scenario for Bills in first round

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Niagara Gazette — Neither of the two is really worth the eighth pick, but reports have surfaced that the New York Jets, picking ninth, like Nassib and that the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t let Barkley slip past their second round pick (No. 33). The Bills pick again at No. 41, but there are no guarantees that either guy will be available. If the higher-ups like Barkley or Nassib and choose not to pick them at No. 8, they’ll likely need to trade back into the late first round to get them. That price tends to include a first or second round pick next season, something Buffalo general manager Buddy Nix wisely is reportedly unlikely to want to pay.

There are a slew of quarterbacks that will be around later in the draft, and in a year where the top guys haven’t separated themselves from the pack, it might be a better idea to take a late-round flyer on a project than waste a top pick on someone who might not pan out. Still, Nix told The Buffalo News he believes “two or three of these guys will be franchise quarterbacks.” If that’s the case, he should pick his guy at No. 8 and worry about other needs later.

• The quarterback class can thank the crop of wide receivers for not going down as the this year’s clear worst.

West Virginia speedster Tavon Austin would probably be a reach at No. 8, but only a slight one. He’s emerged as the most exciting prospect this year, though Tennessee one-year wonder Cordarrelle Patterson should probably also go in the first round.

Either would be a surprise pick at eight, but not necessarily a shock coming from a team thats receivers consist of Stevie Johnson and a bunch of unproven youngsters.

• The one player in the top 12 who could help the Bills is Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. Buffalo used the 10th pick last year on CB Stephon Gilmore, but third-year man Aaron Williams is moving to safety, leaving the second starting corner spot wide open. Unfortunately, most experts have Milliner being drafted well before the Bills will get a chance.

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