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Mel Kiper Jr. suggests Bills could look at O-line or secondary early in draft

There is no shortage of draft needs for the Buffalo Bills.

Coming off a 7-9 season, the team clearly has plenty of deficiencies. Speaking on a conference call this week, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. suggested that it's not a lock that the Bills take a quarterback -- even though in his first mock draft he has them taking Clemson's Deshaun Watson.

"There are a variety of positions they could go," Kiper said on a conference call Thursday. "Garett Bolles, the offensive tackle at Utah or Ryan Ramczyk, the offensive tackle at Wisconsin would help out the offensive line. There's going to be plenty of cornerbacks available in this draft that can help. This is a strong draft at a variety of positions. It's a strong defensive draft. Twenty-one of the 32 players in the first round are defensive players. There is a lot of depth at a variety of spots in this draft.

"So I don't think it's a forgone conclusion that "the Bills" would take a quarterback. I needed a spot for" Watson. "I needed one that made sense. New coach, new quarterback is always a good scenario. ... That was the rationale behind it, but there are certainly other need areas that they could look to fill here."

Bolles served a church mission before resuming his football career. He was an All-Pac-12 first-team selection. He'll be 25 at the start of the 2017 season.

“Bolles started only one season for the Utes after coming over from a junior college, but he was tremendous,” Kiper said. “He has nice feet and can drive defenders off the ball at 6-5, 300 pounds.”

Ramczyk is another tackle with just a single season of experience at the top level of college football. He transferred from Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point after the 2014 season, then redshirted with the Badgers in 2015 before taking over as the left tackle for 2016. He was a consensus first-team All-American in his only season with the Badgers.

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