2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Predicting the First 10 Selections

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8. Buffalo Bills: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin (1) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills lack a star quarterback, but with a weak quarterback class, the Bills could opt to bring in another playmaker.

Tavon Austin of West Virginia has displayed incredible athletic ability and has impressed scouts in pre-draft workouts, and he is a guy lots of teams would love to have. Austin worked with Smith at West Virginia, and coach Doug Marrone, who faced Smith, Austin and West Virginia in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, is very likely to take one of these two players.

Buffalo cut Ryan Fitzpatrick and signed Kevin Kolb, who did well with the Cardinals before succumbing to injuries (he guided the Cardinals to four consecutive season-opening wins). Kolb could do well with Austin as a big-play receiver, as Austin caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 13 games. If Buffalo feels confident in Kolb as a long-term starter, they will take Austin to support him. If not, they will take Smith and see if he can turn the franchise around.

And, because Smith is such a high-risk prospect and Austin is such a playmaker, the Bills will opt to take Austin.