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Bills likely to think defense at 2016 NFL Draft

Pro football fans will be watching closely as National Football League clubs choose their first round picks in the 2016 draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday. WBFO asked its resident football analyst about where the Buffalo Bills may go with their scheduled picks.

The draft opens Thursday evening with the first round. The second and third rounds will be held Friday evening, with rounds four through seven on the final day of the draft on Saturday.

Barring a late trade, the Buffalo Bills' first pick is the 19th overall selection. Matt Sabuda, WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook" analyst believes the Bills will favor defensive players. But he began with a little advice.

"I think the draft is a total crap shoot and I love the overanalysis of it that, ultimately, will be an exercise in hyperbole," laughed Sabuda.

That being said, Sabuda says the names linked to the Bills include Clemson's Shaq Lawson and Alabama's Jarron Reed. But Lawson may not be available by the time the Bills get their turn, Sabuda suggested. He also suggests the Bills will need defensive players ready to step in and start a game.

As for the offense? There haven't been the same rumblings about a need to find a franchise quarterback. But Sabuda doesn't rule it out.

"I think that would be surprising, but then again it really is the most important position in all of sports," Sabuda said. "I'm one of those advocates where you draft a quarterback almost every year until you get it right, quite frankly."

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.
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