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Mike Mayock sees value at running back for Bills in second round

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills may not be able to fix their biggest offensive problem in the second round of the upcoming NFL Draft.

"The quarterback thing is hard," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said this week on a conference call.

Players like UCLA's Brett Hundley or Baylor's Bryce Petty might be available when the Bills are on the clock with the No. 50 overall selection, but according to Mayock, both are "projects."

"You've already got a project in Buffalo right now who probably has as much talent as those two kids," he said, referring to EJ Manuel. "So I'm not a big believer in investing in a position just because you think you have a need. It's got to upgrade the existing position. I'm not sure you can do that at quarterback this year in the second or third round."

So, with that being the case, what makes sense for the Bills?

There could be a big need at running back if C.J. Spiller departs in free agency. Mayock mentioned Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, Miami's Duke Johnson, Indiana's Tevin Coleman and Boise State's Jay Ajayi as players who could be available at No. 50.

"Particularly deep at running back," is how Mayock described this year's class.

At tight end, options could be limited at No. 50. The consensus top player at the position is Minnesota's Maxx Williams, but Mayock sees him going somewhere in the first round.

That leaves Miami's Clive Walford as the next-best option, but Mayock sees him as a third-rounder.

"Then people are all over the board after that," he said.

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