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ESPN's Mel Kiper has Bills bolstering the run game in his initial mock draft

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Alabama running back Najee Harris scores a touchdown against Ohio State during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. is out with his first NFL mock draft, and on the heels of the Bills' loss in the AFC championship game, Kiper has the Bills using the No. 30 pick to improve the running game. 

Kiper has the Bills selecting Najee Harris, a versatile running back from Alabama, with Michigan offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield listed as a possibility. 

Harris ran for 1,456 yards and 26 touchdowns on 251 for the Crimson Tide and had 43 receptions for 425 yards and four scores. 

Here is what Kiper wrote: "Buffalo’s running game was so ineffective this season that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll cooked up a few game plans that required very few runs. Josh Allen was the Bills’ leading rusher in the postseason – by 82 yards. They should upgrade with Harris, who had a dominant season for the Crimson Tide and could also help in the passing game. With rookie Zack Moss coming off an ankle injury and Devin Singletary not an every-down player, this is where the Bills can get better immediately in 2021. And we’ve seen rookies come in right away and make a big impact. Offensive line is a position to watch for Buffalo; I thought about Michigan offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield here."

Based on Kiper's mock, Harris would be the first running back taken off the board. 


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