Inside The Bills

A 2nd rounder for Gaither?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2010 – 5:59 am

NFL.com and the Baltimore Sun are both reporting that restricted free agent OT Jared Gaither could be had for less than the first round level at which he was tendered by the Ravens.

According to multiple reports he’s drawing interest from a handful of teams. Presumably Buffalo’s second round pick at 41 could get something accomplished on that front.

Gaither is widely considered to be a solid left tackle with room to grow having only been in the league for two seasons, which makes it puzzling as to why the Ravens are so dead set on moving him.

I wouldn’t mind having Gaither as a left tackle. The issue for the Bills would be what they sacrifice at 41. If they swap their pick at 41 for Gaither their left tackle problem is solved. At pick nine however they could not get great value for another pressing positional need being defensive tackle as it’s not believed there’s a top 10 quality tackle after Suh and McCoy.

It is possible however, for the Bills to still get a decent nose tackle prospect in the third round provided the run doesn’t start too early, but it’s a risk.

If Jimmy Clausen is still on the board at nine, the Bills could go that way if they feel he is a franchise type player, but it’s unclear as to what Buffalo thinks of him.

That would leave pass rusher at nine and a player like Derrick Morgan, who might not be there.

It’s my contention that teams will weigh what they believe they can get in the draft against what they sacrifice getting by giving up a pick for Gaither and if giving up the pick compromises their total haul in the draft enough, they’ll pass.

For a team however, that has fewer holes than the Bills, Gaither for a two might be an outstanding value.


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