- Mike Rodak, ESPN Staff Writer
The Buffalo Bills haven't had a winning season since 2004, so it comes as little surprise that they have selected no lower than 16th in each of the past eight drafts.
They're set to select ninth overall in 2014 and the possibilities are wide open.
Do the Bills have glaring holes? That could be determined in free agency, when tight end Scott Chandler -- the team's leading receiver last season -- and Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd could both depart. If either player does not return, those positions will be high on the priority list.
But would the Bills really select a tight end or safety with a top 10 pick? That's unlikely.
The more probable targets for the Bills could be wide receiver, where they have plenty of speed but lack size, and linebacker, where they could use another rangy option next to Kiko Alonso.
Ultimately, the Bills will only go as far as their quarterback will take them. The Bills selected EJ Manuel with their top pick last spring, but he was plagued by injuries and inconsistency as a rookie. General manager Doug Whaley has not ruled out drafting another quarterback, so if you're looking for a first-round surprise, Buffalo should be a team to watch.
Check out Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft 1.0 to see which players he thinks the Bills should target with their first pick.
445dTodd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl