BTSC 2010 Community Mock Draft - Pick #9 by the Buffalo Bills: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee

I really don't think the Pittsburgh Steelers will draft Casey Hampton's eventual replacement in the first round of this April's draft. If Dan Williams from Tennessee were still available at #18, the Steelers might find him impossible to pass on, but more than likely, Williams will be gone somewhere around where he's being selected here in our mock draft. Good stuff from mojo88 here. Thanks. Next up? At #10, it's nlevine34, who will be drafting for a team I just love to watch lose - the Jacknsonville Jaguars.

Drafting this decade has not been kind to the Bills, with the exception of a couple of Pro Bowl running backs, in Marshawn Lynch and Willis McGahee. McGahee of course is no longer with the team, instead residing 275 miles south in Baltimore.

Year Player Selected Position
2009 (11) Aaron Maybin DE
2008 (11) Leodis McKelvin DB
2007 (12) Marshawn Lynch RB
2006 (8) Donte Whitner S
2006 (26) John McCargo DT
2004 (13) Lee Evans WR
2004 (22) J.P. Losman QB
2003 (23) Willis McGahee RB
2002 (4) Mike Williams OT

 

The Buffalo Bills need help all over the offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick is hardly an NFL calibre starter, but with Clausen and Bradford both of the board, there's no QB left with a first round grade. The other major need on offense is an offensive tackle, to take the place of Jason Peters who was traded to Philly. Help at WR may also be required if the Bills intend to step up this year, but the consensus number 1 receiver, Dez Bryant, throws up too many character issues, and had a poor showing at his pro day to deserve the number 9 draft spot.

On defense, the front seven need upgrades, however, the Bills appear set at the pass rushing OLB/DE, where they have Aaron Schobel, opposite last year's number 1 draft pick, Aaron Maybin. This year the Bills are moving to a 3-4 defensive front, but they lack the big space eating NT that forms the central clog of every 3-4 D. There is only one DT worthy of a first round grade who projects as a 3-4DT and that's Dan Williams, out of Tennessee.

In the end, this pick came as a toss up between Brian Bulaga and Dan Williams. In the end, this pick comes down to the fact that Dan Williams is much more of a need, and will likely need to start from Day 1, than Bulaga, especially with the likelihood that the Bills can draft OL help in the second round. So with the 9th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select, Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee.

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Updated first round picks after the jump.

  1. St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
  2. Detroit Lions - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
  4. Washington Redskins - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
  5. Kansas City Chiefs - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
  6. Seattle Seahawks - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
  7. Cleveland Browns - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
  8. Oakland Raiders - Taylor Mays, S, Southern California
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