2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Buffalo Bills, No. 9

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Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M (3)

Joshua Huffman:

A rookie quarterback who endures three knee injuries? It’s time to protect him, especially when he’ll take enough hits from his mobile style. Buffalo has their choice between Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews. Many scouts consider Robinson to have the higher ceiling but Matthews is much more established, especially as a pass-blocker. Matthews has proven that he could block for Johnny Manziel, who’s known for holding on to the football for long periods of time while scrambling all around. Buffalo’s situation means that Matthews over Robinson is an easy decision.

Russell Griffin:

The Bills are in dire need of a wide out, but the top two are already off of the board. E.J. Manuel is currently their quarterback of the present and future. With the ninth overall pick, the Bills decide to help protect their QB with offensive tackle Jake Matthews. Matthews was long believed the top-rated tackle in this years class, but Auburn’s Greg Robinson seems to have a stronghold on being the first tackle selected. Matthews is still believed to be a top-tier talent at tackle and he would provide a much needed boost to one of the weaker offensive lines in football.

Scotty Bakalian:

The Buffalo Bills drafted QB E.J. Manuel in the first round last year. In order to identify if he is their QB of the future, they must surround him with talent. Selecting OT Jake Matthews would immediately improve that offensive line. He is considered one of the safest players in this draft. WR Mike Evans and TE Eric Ebron are both tempeting, but passing on a player with Matthew’s pedigree would be tough.

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