AFC East mock draft board: Bills, Dolphins

Next week ESPN.com will hold its annual blogger mock draft. The AFC East blog once again opened a forum for our community to put together a joint draft board.

We received tons of responses via Twitter and in our AFC East inbox. Here are the top four choices for each team in our final mock draft board next week for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins:

Analysis: This was a very close race. Bills fans in our community were all over the place with who they wanted at No. 8. There certainly was not a consensus. As the general manager in this scenario, I gave the top tiebreaker to Warmack, because he’s the safer pick. I also was surprised with the amount of Austin votes from Bills fans. He is arguably the hottest prospect in this draft, but No. 8 overall is too high. There were also some first-round votes from Bills fans for Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, but not enough to make the top four.

Analysis: The Dolphins are a prime candidate to move up from the No. 12 slot. But if Miami stays put my board and the community’s board both agree that Oklahoma’s Johnson should be the top choice. Johnson is the third-rated left tackle but could start immediately. The Dolphins finally have a viable starting quarterback in Ryan Tannehill and need to protect him. Eifert is a solid second choice, but I don’t think Miami is ready to give up so soon on 2012 draft choice Michael Egnew. Perhaps the most surprising thing is Florida State corner Xavier Rhodes didn’t make the cut. Rhodes was fifth on the community board but isn’t on the final board. Most Dolphins fans do not want to overreach for a cornerback, and I agree. Rhodes is more of a top-25 pick.

Feel free to chime in on our mock draft board. On Wednesday we will post our combined draft board for the New York Jets and New England Patriots.