2011 NFL Draft Results: Will Buffalo Bills Take Colin Kaepernick or Akeem Ayers?
Last night, the Buffalo Bills selected their franchise defensive lineman in Alabama's Marcell Dareus, arguably the best player in the entire 2011 NFL Draft.
With the first round behind them, and their coveted five-technique defensive end on the team, there are a variety of different directions Buffalo could go in the second round.
The Bills hold the second pick in the second round (No. 34 overall), and need to add players at the quarterback position, the offensive line, and linebackers.
UCLA's Akeem Ayers dropped out of the first round, despite many mock drafts around the web having him selected somewhere between the 20-32 range.
Ayers is 6'4" 255 pounds, and is versatile enough to play both inside and outside in a 3-4 defensive front.
In his three years at UCLA, Ayers racked up over 170 tackles, over 20 of them for a loss, along with six interceptions, two of which he returned for a score.
Ayers is solid in his coverage, which is overlooked because of his upside as a pass rusher, but the Bills could use Ayers to upgrade an aging and under-producing linebacking group.
Another direction the Bills could go is quarterback. Colin Kaepernick out of Nevada could be an intriguing option for head coach Chan Gailey, and www.ProFootballTalk.com's second round mock draft projects him to Buffalo.
Kaepernick has a solid arm and underrated passing skills, due to playing in the pistol offense at Nevada. He's a smart kid who is very accurate, completing just over 64% of his passes last year.
Additionally, Kaepernick is the only player in NCAA history to pass for over 10,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 yards in his career.
Either selection would be solid in building a foundation for the Buffalo Bills franchise to grow.
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