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Why Mel Kiper has Buffalo targeting Michigan defensive tackle in draft

ESPN's Mel Kiper released his first mock draft on Thursday, and he has the Bills selecting defensive players at No. 21 and No. 22 in the first round.

Kiper has the Bills selecting Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes and then Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.

Hurst is ranked higher by some other evaluators. Pro Football Focus has Hurst being selected at No. 3 overall.

Hurst, also a four-time Academic All-American, had 60 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks, as a senior. He will be at the Senior Bowl next week.

Mel Kiper, Pro Football Focus mock drafts have Bills going defense in first round

During a conference call, here is what Kiper said about Hurst and why he is a fit for the Bills:

“In terms of a guy like (Hurst), in today’s NFL you’ve got to get after the quarterback and be disruptive and that’s what Maurice Hurst is. For Buffalo, you don’t have Marcell Dareus anymore. You don’t have Kyle Williams, (who) is a free agent, so I think that’s a need area for the Buffalo Bills.

“If you look at the defensive tackle’s production, his was better than just about anybody in terms of getting behind the line of scrimmage, tackles for loss and harassing quarterbacks. I think for a three-technique, disruptor, quick off the ball, he’s the kind of guy I think for Buffalo and for teams looking for a disruptive defensive tackle. They’re hard to find, and he’s one of those guys.”

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