NFL Draft Rumors: Bills See Mark Barron As Day-One Starter

The Buffalo Bills own the 10th overall pick in Thursday's opening round of the 2012 NFL Draft. There's a lot of speculation as to whom the Bills will select, but at least one analyst believes Buffalo will look to beef up their defense.

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio in Buffalo posted his final mock draft, in which he suggests that the Bills will select safety Mark Barron of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Ultimately, I think Mark Barron is the guy the Bills' desire. My league source tells me the Bills view Barron as a "playmaker" and "day-one starter." Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com believes that the team views Barron as a "once-in-a-generation safety." Bills scout Darrell Moody called Barron a "complete player," and someone that's good against running backs and tight ends in coverage. He's been linked to the Bills by Peter King, Michael Lombardi, Adam Schefter and Nolan Nawrocki. If a smokescreen, it's one of the more elaborate in recent memory. But the idea of pairing Barron with Byrd is something I think has the Bills salivating. Nothing against George Wilson, but he is a 31-year old, one-year starter. Barron would be a response to the tight ends within the division. Despite it not being the team's greatest need, if they believe he is the best player there is enough of an argument to be made that it would immediately upgrade the defense, then it should be the pick.

Barron's stock is quite high, but it is possible he could still wind up with Buffalo at No. 10.

For all news and information regarding the Buffalo Bills, please visit Buffalo Rumblings. For lots more on the 2012 NFL Draft, you can check out Mocking the Draft.

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