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Jonathan Meeks to Bills: How Does S Fit with Buffalo?

Oct, 1, 2011; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Clemson Tigers safety Jonathan Meeks (5) reacts after the game at Lane Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Hokies 23-3. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 27, 2013

Apparently taking one safety wasn't enough for the Buffalo Bills

After picking Nevada's Duke Williams in fourth round, Clemson's Jonathan Meeks was the team's selection in Round 5. 

The former Tigers standout was brought in for a pre-draft visit by the Bills, which speaks to their initial interest in the defender. 

Meeks was a co-captain in 2012, a year in which he totaled 65 tackles with two interceptions and was named All-ACC Honorable Mention.

He has solid size at 6'1'' and 210 pounds and clocked a time of 4.55 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. 

On the Bills, he'll begin his career mainly as a special teams participant—potentially a punt gunner—and will likely battle Williams for one of the backup strong safety roles. 

Mike Pettine is enamored with bulky, hard-hitting defensive backs, and he was given two of those type of players in consecutive rounds.  

Obviously, Williams and Meeks have much to prove, but the Bills certainly won't have depth issues in their secondary, especially in terms of quantity. 

There's no doubting that defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will have plenty of options when selecting the defensive backs for the variety of personnel groupings he plans to employ in Buffalo. 

It's a cliche, but it will ring true for probably the next five years—when you're in a division with Tom Brady, a defensive back pick is rarely a bad one.

Also, the up-and-coming Ryan Tannehill and New York Jets signal-caller Geno Smith mustn't be overlooked either.

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