- James Walker, ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter
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The NFL draft is less than a month away. Therefore, ESPN draft expert Todd McShay provided his latest mock draft on Thursday.
But as an added bonus, McShay added picks for the second round, as well. Let's take a look at what McShay has in store for the AFC East.
Picks: No. 8 and No. 41 overall
Analysis: This is an interesting scenario for Buffalo. It's no secret the Bills are desperate for a quarterback. They are searching far and wide for this position in the draft. But McShay believes they will pass on quarterbacks in the first round and take Nassib in the second round. Nassib is a popular choice due to his connection with Bills first-year head coach Doug Marrone. Rarely is a guard in consideration for the top 10. But Buffalo just lost Andy Levitre to free agency, and Warmack is viewed as one of the top guard prospects of the past few years. Warmack is solid, but I think Buffalo needs more of an impact player in the first round.
Picks: No. 9 and No. 39
Analysis: Although McShay is not alone, I’m still at a loss with how many mock drafts have the Jets going heavy on defensive ends. New York drafted defensive ends in the first round the past two years with Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. With that said, Mingo is one of my favorite players in this draft. He can play defensive end and outside linebacker in a 3-4, and Mingo's aggressiveness and ability to get to the quarterback should make an immediate impact. But I don’t see New York attacking the same position in the first two rounds. The Jets have plenty of other needs at quarterback, safety, wide receiver and tight end.
Picks: No. 12, No. 42 and No. 54
Analysis: The Dolphins put themselves in a great position with three picks in the first two rounds. If Miami keeps all of its picks, McShay sees the Dolphins filling needs at guard, cornerback and defensive end. I don't like the pick of Cooper in the first round. As I mentioned with Buffalo, guards are not impact players. If anything, the Dolphins should draft an offensive tackle at No. 12 if they want to go in that direction. Hayden is a good prospect but has some major injury concerns. Overall, I think Miami can do better than this group with its top three picks.
Picks: No. 29 and No. 59
Analysis: McShay sees the Patriots going for depth in the first round with Pugh. New England is fine with its two starting guards -- Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly -- but there is not much behind the starters. Dobson is a sleeper pick at receiver. He has the physical tools but played at a smaller school in Marshall. The Patriots have a poor track record of drafting receivers and need to get it right this year. But they certainly need a boost at the position after losing 2012 starters Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd.
The NFL draft is less than a month away. Therefore, ESPN draft expert Todd McShay provided his latest mock draft on Thursday.But as an added bonus, McShay added picks for the second round, as well.