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NFL Mock Draft (Picks 9-12): Bills, Bengals, Packers Trigger a Run on O-Linemen, While Broncos Add a Linebacker
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20 Apr 2019 08:07 PM EST

-by Bo Marchionte, Contributing Writer; Image: NC State center Garrett Bradbury. (Image Source: Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports)

Pittsburgh, PA—With the NFL Draft less than two weeks away we take you through picks 1-32 with our mock draft, starting with picks 9-12 (Picks: 1-4, 5-8):

9. Buffalo Bills

Background Check (1st Round)

2018 – Josh Allen, QB, 7th 
2017 – Tre’Davious White, CB, 27th 
2016 – Shaq Lawson, DE, 19th 
2015 – No Pick
2014 – Sammy Watkins, WR, 4th 

Pick Is In: Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State

Buffalo drafted Josh Allen last year and adding guy like Bradbury could blossom into a Peyton Manning/Jeff Saturday-type combination. The Bills need help along all areas of the offensive line so the likelihood that Bradbury or one of the top offensive tackles being added here appears like the most-logical choice. Would not rule out a big-time wide out as well. Buffalo must build an arsenal around Allen…if not his talent will be reduced which will hamper the entire organization.

Side Note Bill Belichick took over in New England in 2000 and has won 225 regular season games with the Patriots. The Buffalo Bills have won 127 games over that same span. Belichick basically could coach the Patriots for the next six seasons and not win a single game, while the Bills going undefeated to equal records.

10. Denver Broncos

Background Check (1st Round)

2018 – Bradley Chubb, DE, 5th
2017 – Garrett Bolles, T, 20th 
2016 – Paxton Lynch, QB, 26th 
2015 – Shane Ray, DE, 23rd 
2014 – Bradley Roby, DB, 31st 

Pick Is In: Devin White, LB, LSU

John Elway won a Super Bowl with a team already in place to win. His brilliant past helped lure Peyton Manning into the fold and they won a Super Bowl together. That seems like ages ago and he now must rebuild. This team has many holes to fill, which leaves the Broncos with plenty of options on both sides of the football. White is a thoroughbred at the position. The interior of the linebacking core has been seldom addressed with supreme talent and White should flourish with the surrounding pieces around him.

Side Note – Who was the best quarterback the Broncos ever drafted? Remember John Elway was drafted by the Baltimore Colts. Ponder that… 

11. Cincinnati Bengals

Background Check (1st Round)

2018 – Billy Price, C, 21st
2017 – John Ross, WR, 9th
2016 – William Jackson, CB, 24th
2015 – Cedric Ogbuehi, T, 21st
2014 – Darqueze Dennard, DB, 24th

Pick Is In: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

The Bengals offensive line is not a major disaster but it needs some attention. This selection should provide stability to the right side of the offensive line, while keeping Andy Dalton & Company moving in the right direction. Rumors will swirl about Cincinnati taking a quarterback but feel that bridge is crossed next season.

Side Note – In 2003 the Bengals selected Carson Palmer. Nine years later they selected Andy Dalton. It is now nine years after the Dalton selection…Do they take another QB?

12. Green Bay Packers

Background Check (1st Round)

2018 – Jaire Alexander, CB, 18th
2017 – No Pick
2016 – Kenny Clark, DT, 27th
2015 – Damarious Randall, CB, 30th
2014 – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, 15th

Pick Is In: Jonah Williams, G, Alabama

Aaron Rodgers did not look like himself last year and the lingering effects of a Week 1 hit to the knee kept him from being the on-the-fly masterful playmaker we are used to seeing. The Packers defense is lousy but without Rodgers being safe and sound, the rest is pointless now in Green Bay. The Packers used their first three picks on defense last season, while they added Za’Darius Smith, Adrian Amos, and Preston Smith to bolster the defense via free agency this past March. Now it is time to protect the franchise (Rodgers) with some offensive line help. 

Side Note – Since 2012, they used their first three picks on defensive players 16 times, compared to only five players on the offensive side of the football. The defense never emerged with all those selections.

To read more from Bo Marchionte at College2Pro.com, click here.

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