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Kiper: Okung to Bills at No. 9

In Mel Kiper's first mock draft in January, he had the Bills taking Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen with the ninth overall pick. But in his current projection on ESPN.com he has Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung falling to the Bills.
 
That would be a shock and cause for celebration for the Bills, who desperately need to upgrade the tackle position. Okung at No. 9 would be an absolute steal because most teams have him rated as the best left tackle in the draft and projects him to be a top five selection. Despite concerns at quarterback, I can't see the Bills passing on Okung if he's available. In fact, they should sprint to the podium to hand his name in to Commish Roger Goodell.

Kiper explained why he changed his position on the BIlls during a national conference call Wednesday:

"I thought maybe Clausen or (Oklahoma QB Sam) Bradford could be there when I did the projection about a month ago. I have Clausen going fourth to Washington and Bradford going sixth to Seattle. Wit that said, I have Russell Okung the pick for the Buffalo Bills because of the offensive line issues and the fact that if he's not the best left tackle in this draft at worst he's the second best left tackle in this draft. He's been solid on the big board all year. He's at No. 12 right now, but has been as high as No. 6.''

Kiper added that if the Bills wanted to draft a quarterback, they could target Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour in the third or fourth round. Kiper also thinks Sean Canfield of Oregon State, Matt Nichols of Eastern Washington and John Skelton of Fordham are intriguing late-round prospects.

 ---Allen Wilson

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