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Rang: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Kiper: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
McShay: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Kirwan: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Wyche: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Banks: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Braun: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Consensus: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Runner-Up: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Third-Party Analysis: That’s enough of the Braun lead-ins (overexposed much?), but I’ll just end it with this. If there were a categorical designation of savants associated with the NFL Draft, he would probably be in it.
OK, it’s Dareus again. That can happen because we’re drafting by consensus so as to provide the pundits’ optimum scenario for each team. What’s interesting is that this pick is one of only six repeat picks in the entire mock. For a randomly compiled list, that is pretty incredible.
For all the aforementioned reasons, I like Dareus at this pick. Buffalo had the worst run defense in the league last season and it is nearly as needy as Denver on the defensive line.
But even taking all that into consideration, Rob Rang’s pick here is actually the most interesting to me. He says: “The Bills have gone out of their way to laud the play of incumbent starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, but are also believed to be very high on Newton’s potential…GM Budy Nix and coach Chan Gailey showed their willingness to gamble on athleticism last year with the selection of C.J. Spiller. Don’t put it past them to do the same this year should Newton be on the board.”
It’s an intriguing pick because it’s a massive identity overhaul, and since the Bills aren’t winning anything in the next few years regardless, now would seem a plausible time to embark on such an endeavor.