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Tavon Austin high on Buffalo Bills' radar in NFL draft

Tavon Austin's draft floor widely is assumed to be the St. Louis Rams at No. 16, but his ceiling is anyone's guess.

The electric wide receiver out of West Virginia is shooting up draft boards, but history tells us that 5-foot-8, 174-pounders don't often -- if ever -- enter the top 10.

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Don't tell that to Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Doug Whaley, who told the team's official site on Tuesday: "He's on our radar, and high on our radar."

That wouldn't surprise NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, who has Austin going to the Bills at No. 8 in his latest mock draft. Still, this has the makings of a classic mid-April smokescreen.

SI's Peter King reported Monday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sitting at No. 13, "love" Austin. With the New York Jets as another potential candidate to pull the trigger on Austin at No. 9, the Bills are in a good position to scare teams into dealing up if someone truly is smitten.

Another question in Buffalo is not if, but when the Bills will target a quarterback in the draft. Player visits don't tell us much, but the team has met with every signal-caller under the sun, leaving Bills general manager Buddy Nix to admit: "I've seen those guys more than I've seen my wife the last few months."

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