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[BN] Blitz newsletter: ESPN's Mel Kiper doesn't project a QB to the Bills in Round 1

Popular ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's latest mock draft has Bills forgoing the quarterback position in the first round.

Kiper picked a cornerback and a center for Bills with their two first-round draft choices. His mock drafts do not include trades, and he has four quarterbacks gone by the time the Bills come up at 21st overall, which could potentially be why he doesn't have the Bills addressing their biggest need.

Meanwhile, the top of Kiper's Big Board is headed by Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, marking a departure from most analysts, who rank Allen lower. Kiper defended Allen's low completion percentage on a conference call with reporters, including Mark Gaughan.

Bills among NFL leaders in snaps taken by rookies: Pro Football Focus posted a chart showing how many snaps each team had by rookies. The Bills ranked fifth, behind the 49ers, Saints, Jaguars and Browns.

Hurney named Panthers GM: That means Bills exec Lake Dawson will remain with the team after being passed over for Panthers' general manager job.

Study finds paying QB doesn't pay off: A post at USA Today's For the Win blog says that paying a quarterback big money doesn't translate to more wins. Left unsaid is that it takes more than just a quarterback to win games. The study would have been more convincing if it showed paying a quarterback too much money led to more losing.

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