On this episode of Talking Buffalo, the first of what’ll be five weekly Buffalo Bills mock drafts takes place and Patrick Moran is joined by one of the most highly regarded podcasters in the game, Bruce Nolan (Buffalo Rumblings) for his insights and ultimately forecast for how the draft may play out for Buffalo.

Before getting into the mock draft the guys spend some time going over Bruce’s evaluations of the Bills offseason as things currently stand. Bruce has given his stamp of approval to most of Brandon Beane’s moves but wasn’t in love with the re-signing off Taylor Rapp. He’s extremely candid in explaining to Patrick exactly why. He also elaborates on if the Bills offseason moves have moved the needle for him in terms of who he’d be looking to draft positionally.

The mock draft, one that should be noted does not include trades begins today and with the Bills on the clock at 28, Bruce is left with a tough decision. Highly touted and popular among Bills fans wide receiver Adonai Mitchell is on the board, yet shockingly Bruce ends up going with a guy in the trenches for the Bills first pick—and not on the side of the ball most think! Bruce explains why going to the interior of the offensive line is the right call in this situation.

There’s a receiver Bruce has pegged for the Bills second pick (No. 60) and sweats it out before Javon Baker ultimately falls to him. With no third round pick and trades disallowed in the mock, Bruce goes defensive interior and a second receiver in the fourth before using all three of his fifth rounds picks to add to the defense.

Bruce also explains how mock drafts, although almost entirely inaccurate at the end can be an excellent thought exercise. He also trolls Miami a little at the end of the mock draft and much more.

You can follow Bruce on Twitter @BruceExclusive and make sure to check out The Bruce Exclusive podcast every Thursday, part of the Buffalo Rumblings podcasting network.


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