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Bills select Virginia Tech guard Wyatt Teller in fifth round

We know now what Marcell Dareus was traded for.

The Buffalo Bills selected Virginia Tech guard Wyatt Teller in the fifth round (166th overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday with the pick acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for Dareus.

Teller, 6-foot-4 and 314 pounds, was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior, starting all 13 games at left guard and allowing just five quarterback hurries on 445 pass-blocking snaps. He made 43 career starts and appeared in 54 overall games for the Hokies.

Teller was recruited to Virginia Tech by former coach Frank Beamer as the sixth-best defensive end prospect in the country (according to out of Liberty High School in Bealton, Va. He won the Virginia State Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior. He switched to the offensive side of the ball during his redshirt season.

"It was difficult at first. When you're young, you think you're going to get in there and start, but then you realize that everything comes down to competition," he said. "Everything comes down to working as hard as you can, you know, coming out, respecting the old guys. It's the same thing here. If I want to do the same thing, or make that transition from college to the NFL, it's basically like switching your position. It's a lot different. It's going to be difficult."

Teller said he hit it off with Bills assistant offensive line coach Andrew Dees during his private workout and feels like he's a good fit in Buffalo.

"I'm going to go in there and compete. I feel like that's the biggest thing. They like the mentality that I had," he said. "I know how Bills fans are. I know that they're literally the greatest fans in the nation, so I'm excited to see them screaming and yelling every Sunday. I'm ready to get in there."

Teller provides much-needed depth along the interior offensive line. He could even get a chance to replace the retired Richie Incognito in the starting lineup at left guard.

Analytics website Pro Football Focus ranked Teller as the 53rd-best prospect in the draft.

"Bulldozer in the run game," reads PFF's scouting report. "Had some of the most impressive blocks in the country this year. Destroyed some defenders."

Not all scouting reports have been so kind.

"Teams will have to figure out why Teller's consistency and effort level dropped so drastically from 2016 to 2017 if they want to draft him," his scouting report on reads. "He has the play strength, body control and hand usage you want from an interior player, but his tape simply wasn't trustworthy this season."

Teller responded to that criticism Saturday.

"You've got to take everything with a grain of salt. In 2016, I was told I was too penalized. I was too this, I was too that," he said. "But then everybody goes, oh no, we loved 2016. ... The biggest thing with me in 2017 is I wanted to cut down on penalties. I had to talked to my coaches and I wanted to be the best team player I could be. That led to being a little bit less aggressive.

"There were times where instead of getting a penalty or trying to embarrass a kid, I would hold it back a little bit and hit technically and fundamentally. Sometimes people said, 'we want to see that aggression.' ... It's all a work in progress. You've got to work on one thing and get better at it and keep that aggression."

Teller is a workout warrior. He can power clean 400 pounds, bench press 460 pounds and squat 600 pounds.

Teller will reunite with Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who was selected in the first round Thursday.

"The man they're getting is an absolute stud," Teller said of Edmunds. "He's one of the best players I've ever played against. I remember when I was a junior, he just got into college, and usually you give the younger guys a 'welcome to varsity' moment. You go and hit them. He came out with his long arms and lanky body and smoked me. I remember he put his head right in my chest, and I go, 'who is this kid?' He deserves everything he's getting. He's a great man, great player, and I'm excited to see him up there."

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