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April 25, 2013

MEILER: No perfect scenario for Bills in first round

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Niagara Gazette — That said, recent reports surfaced that Milliner has had five different surgeries during his football career, including an operation on his shoulder in March that’s expected to sideline him through minicamps and OTAs. Milliner falling to eight would fill a huge hole and lock down two key positions for the next 5-10 years for the Bills, assuming he and Gilmore pan out.

• Tight ends tend not to go high in the draft, despite what we’ve seen in the last few seasons from guys like Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Jimmy Graham, etc. Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert has earned high grades, but any tight end not named Vernon Davis getting picked in the top 10 would be a shock.

• At ILB, the most intriguing prospect is Georgia junior Alec Ogletree, followed by infamous ND star Manti Te’o. Inside linebackers are looked at as a non-value early in the first round because of their relatively small impact against modern offenses (whereas cornerbacks and pass rushers have more value). Ogletree also comes with some baggage, having been charged with a DUI in February.

Te’o brings more than his fair share of well-documented baggage, but his performance in the BCS National Championship game against Alabama knocked him out of the top of the draft more than anything else.

• The Bills also have the option of trading back. It’s been rumored that a number of other high-drafting teams want to move back, meaning the value is probably less than it would be in other years. Trading back also means potentially passing on a player the Bills like, and depending on Nix’s feelings, the risk may be too much.

• If all else fails, there’s a small chance that the Bills will take an offensive lineman at No. 8 after losing guards Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart in free agency. Five of the top 10 prospects, according to ESPN, are offensive linemen, and the Bills could take a guard to replace Levitre or a tackle and move Cordy Glenn inside.

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