2012 Buffalo Bills Draft: Should Luke Kuechly or Michael Floyd Be Atop the Board

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IApril 1, 2012

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Virginia Tech Hokies scrambles with the ball as Luke Kuechly #40 of the Boston College Eagles defends on September 25, 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Boston College standout linebacker, Luke Kuechly, is highly regarded among draft pundits as the top-rated inside linebacker in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Buffalo Bills could go in a multitude of directions come April 26th with their No. 10 overall selection in the draft. While linebacker isn't at the top of the "needs list," adding a player with Kuechly's ability could further improve the defensive front that has already been significantly upgraded with the additions of defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson.

Now, I'm not talking about using Kuechly as an inside linebacker. I want to move him outside. The Bills have lacked an outside backer that can cover tight ends for years, and this tackling machine could be the man to solidify the front seven once and for all. 

While playing outside linebacker in his first season at Boston College, Kuechly managed 158 tackles (15 for a loss) before moving inside for the next two seasons. 

In his three seasons at Boston College, Kuechly racked up over 500 tackles, an average of roughly 16 per game.

While there were questions coming into the NFL combine regarding his coverage speed, he quickly dismissed those when he ran a 4.58 40-yard dash and impressed in every drill. 

Kelvin Sheppard seems to have taken over the middle linebacker role. While Nick Barnett and Kirk Morrison are slotted as the outside backers, Kuechly could easily find his way climbing up the unimpressive depth chart. 

On the other hand, Notre Dame's standout wide receiver, Michael Floyd, has been the Bills' choice on various mock drafts throughout the Internet.

At 6'3", 224 pounds, his separation abilities are incredible.

He displays strong hands, can get up in the air with his 36.5-inch vertical and has the speed to get down the field with his 4.4 40-yard dash.

In his four years as a member of the Fighting Irish, he was a major contributor, racking up 266 receptions for 3,645 yards and finding the end zone 36 times.

With the Bills, he could be the perfect No. 2 receiver opposite Johnson, with the ability and potential to become a top-notch wideout in the National Football League. 

Selecting Floyd would not only give the Bills an upgrade at the wide receiver position, but would allow youngsters Donald Jones and David Nelson to flourish on the inside—where they excel. 

So, Bills fans, who would you rather have wearing red, white and blue next year?