CSN Mock Draft, Pick 8: The Bills select ...

CSN Mock Draft, Pick 8: The Bills select ...
March 31, 2013, 11:00 am
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8. Ziggy Ansah, LB/DE, BYU (6-5, 271)

The QB-needy Bills recently signed Kevin Kolb, which doesn’t mean they won’t draft a quarterback but probably suggests they’ll use their first-round pick elsewhere.

Geno Smith is a gamble in the top 10. Matt Barkley's arm strength is hardly ideal for those frosty, blustery winter games in Orchard Park. Ryan Nassib, who led new Bills coach Doug Marrone's offense at Syracuse, is a reach this high.

So where does Buffalo go at No. 8?

We’ve tried to contact general manager Buddy Nix but word is he no longer communicates via phone.

The Bills could make the draft's first bold move here and gamble on explosive wide receiver Tavon Austin or go the conservative route and plunk offensive guard Jonathan Cooper. Either young talent would fit their rebuilding effort.

The guess here is that they go for the splashier name and take Ziggy Ansah.

The Bills have some beef on their defensive line but lack a dominant pass rusher at outside linebacker, which is essential for the 3-4 schemes they'll likely run under new coordinator Mike Pettine, and even more essential when you have two dates a year against Tom Brady.

Ansah, the project outside linebacker/defensive end from BYU by way of Uganda, is brimming with potential and upside, although he only started playing organized football in 2010. He’s even more unrefined and raw than Jason Pierre-Paul was at this time three years ago, but he has the physique of a superhero and through-the-roof athleticism.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound prospect ran the 40 in 4.63 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, along with a 4.26 20-yard shuttle and -- wait for it -- 34.5 inch vertical jump. It stands to reason that he’ll get better as he learns the game more, and that’s exactly what the rebuilding Bills need.

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