The Buffalo Bills have worked hard to conceal who they plan to pick at No. 10 in Thursday's first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. But the excruciating wait will finally end for Bills fans, who have spent countless hours trying to read the minds of the men who will ultimately make the choice.
By now, we all know the Bills draft needs. They include left tackle, wide receiver and cornerback. Buffalo could also use a linebacker or safety who possesses the talent and skill to slow down the game's top tight ends, like Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots.
Mock drafts have not curbed the anxiety. In fact, they seemingly change every 24 hours. The NFL's own website is filled with contrasting opinions. During the past week, six of the league's most trusted experts released their own personal mock drafts and they were all over the place with Buffalo's pick.
NFL.com writer Chad Reuter chose Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd. NFL Network personality Charles Davis agreed with Reuter, but disagreed with colleagues Michael Lombardi and Mike Mayock.
Lombardi picked Alabama strong safety Mark Barron, while Mayock released his mock draft Wednesday night with Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly in the Bills' slot. Mayock also believes that South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore deserves attention between picks 10 and 15.
NFL Films guru Greg Cosell thinks Oklahoma State wideout Justin Blackmon could free-fall to the Bills. And Stanford left tackle Jonathan Martin was the choice for former Houston general manager Charley Casserly. Casserly's selection is telling because he was the man responsible for choosing new Bills defensive end Mario Williams with the first overall pick of the 2006 draft.
A couple of weeks ago, I was surfing a Bills forum and came across a fan who listed six players that he felt had a legitimate chance of being drafted with Buffalo's first pick.
But it wasn't just any old list. Instead, each player was characterized to represent the fan's hopes, dreams, wishes and fears for the No. 10 pick. He then concluded the list with his "nightmare scenario" and his best guess for who the pick will be.
So, in the spirit of the draft, please take a moment to post your own list in the comment section below. Here's mine:
My Hope: Trade the pick for a 2013 first round choice
My Dream: Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State WR)
My Wish: Matt Kalil (USC LT)
My Fear: Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M QB)
My Nightmare: Cordy Glenn (Georgia LT and RG)
My Guess: Michael Floyd (Notre Dame WR) or Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina CB)
How does your list compare? And will you tweak it before the draft? The time has come for the Bills to make up their minds. Let's just hope they go with their instincts and get the first one right.
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