7-Round 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Buffalo Bills Keep Fitzpatrick, Build Defense

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7-Round 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Buffalo Bills Keep Fitzpatrick, Build Defense
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Ryan Fitzpatrick (AKA The Amish Rifle) Is Just What The Bills Need at QB.

The Buffalo Bills lost some close games in 2010 and certainly showed some progress and heart, but in the end, they just don’t have enough talent to win many games in the NFL.

Bills fans won’t get discouraged, though, and they shouldn’t, as plenty of teams have made large strides after just one or two good drafts and some coaching improvements (like Kansas City last year).

That being said, Chan Gailey seems to be an improvement as a head coach so far and having the third overall pick in this year’s draft will certainly give Buffalo a chance to improve.

Before I get onto the players selections, I’d just like to point out that I’m figuring Marcell Dareus will get drafted by the Denver Broncos, and that the Bills will wise up and realize Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better quarterback than what is available in this NFL draft (although Christian Ponder, who already reminds me of Aaron Rodgers, wouldn’t be a bad choice in the second round to learn behind Fitzpatrick for a few years).

Also, to handle the ILB need I believe the best option is to attempt to bring in current Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett. The Packers re-signed both AJ Hawk and Desmond Bishop with Starting-type contracts and Barnett is in the last year of his contract. I’d send over a conditional third-round pick in 2012 for him. He has had injury issues over the last few years, but should still have at least three or four solid years left in him and will bring invaluable experience and knowledge of a properly working 3-4 defense to Buffalo.

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