ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper sees two offensive tackles going before the Buffalo Bills pick at No. 9 overall but still thinks the Bills are a strong contender to take Texas A&M's Jake Matthews.
Kiper thinks Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan is going to go higher than he originally expected and will join Auburn tackle Greg Robinson in the top eight.
"Lewan I think will be gone," Kiper said, in reference to the Michigan blocker as a Bills target at No. 9. "He may end up third or fourth on my big board. His pass protection skills have improved. He battles, he fights. He’s got great feet, great balance, a punch. He can get after you as a run blocker. To me, Lewan’s a nasty, tough street-fighter. He’s a battler. For the Atlanta Falcons, they need some of that physicality. … I think he would make a lot of sense for the Atlanta Falcons at 6."
Lewan is 6-foot-7, 309 pounds. Matthews is 6-5, 308. He's the son of Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews.
"Matthews at nine is a possibility to Buffalo," Kiper said on a national conference call today. "Matthews is a right tackle, left tackle. He’s not as good as a lot of people made him out to be, thinking he was the second or third best player in this draft. He’s not. He’s more in that seven, eight, nine range. So when you get to Buffalo’s spot, he has great bloodlines, solid player, doesn’t have a huge upside, but a solid player who will work as hard as anybody on your roster."
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