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Analyst: Two of NFL Draft's 'safest picks' are good fits for Bills

Most fans aren't looking for the Bills to play it safe in the draft. After a playoff year, they are eager to see the bold strokes that coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane have in store.

But NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter has identified the 10 safest players in the draft -- players with high ceilings but also with high floors. He also noted the team fits for the 10 players, and the Bills are listed for two of them: Ohio State center Billy Price and Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips.

Here is what Reuter had to say about Price, whom he lists as No. 2 among the safest players and says the Bills and Lions are best team fits:

Price is a plug-and-play interior lineman. He has a chance to be the head honcho of an offensive line for a decade. He's proven himself able to play center or guard, but I think a team will want him making the calls from the pivot unless it already has a veteran at that spot.

Price has gotten a lot of attention from national analysts as a pick for the Bills because of the career-ending injury to veteran center Eric Wood. What that discounts is the ability of Ryan Groy to replace Wood, as Groy as done in the past when Wood was injured.

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And here is his take on Phillips, whom he lists as No. 6 among the safest players and says the Bills and Falcons are the best team fits:

Phillips, a nose tackle, led the Cardinal with 98 tackles in 2017, including 17 for loss. That's ridiculous. That's Ndamukong Suh-type production from the middle. He won't be picked as high as Suh was because Phillips is not a physically dominant player. But he is smart and gives consistent effort on every play, fighting through double teams and tracking down ball carriers. Think Kyle Williams.

Phillips has consistently been appearing on various mock drafts for the Bills.

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