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Luck's impact on Bills

The decision of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck on whether to turn pro will have an obvious huge impact on the Buffalo Bills.

College players have until Jan. 15 to declare themselves eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft. Then they have until Jan. 17 to rescind that decision. Once they declare for the draft and Jan. 17 passes, there's no turning back.

Luck is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick if he comes out. Carolina owns the No. 1 pick and would be hard-pressed to pass up on Luck, even though it drafted quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the second round in 2010.

If Luck comes out, the Bills, with the No. 3 overall pick, would be assured of getting one of the top two front-seven defensive players in the draft - Clemson pass rusher Da'Quan Bowers or Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. That's presuming, of course, those two also declare for the draft and the defensive front seven (a huge Buffalo need) is the direction the Bills opt to go with the third pick.

---Mark Gaughan



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