There’s a general consensus that one of the top three offensive tackles could reach the Bills with the ninth overall pick. There’s also the chance that the trio of Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson and Taylor Lewan could be gone. Here’s a look at the teams in front of Buffalo who might consider one of the best edge protectors in the draft.
St. Louis – Armed with the second overall pick the general consensus is Jeff Fisher will take the son of the Hall of Fame lineman he had on his Tennessee Titans teams in Jake Matthews, son of Bruce Matthews. There’s a minority that believes a quarterback is possible with the club reportedly souring on Sam Bradford, but OT looks to be the play here.
Oakland – The Raiders have a lot of needs, but they do need to fortify the lines on both sides of the ball. A tackle is not out of the question here. Of course a dynamic receiver like Sammy Watkins might be too good to pass up.
Atlanta – Pass protection for Matt Ryan and an edge rusher are the two most obvious needs for the Falcons. Khalil Mack could be the pick here knowing their division rival picks right after them and may very well take Mack if they don’t. Still, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Atlanta take Greg Robinson here.
Tampa Bay – If the Falcons take Mack, it increases the likelihood that the Bucs add a tackle to help neutralize him. Robinson likely goes before Lewan based on upside.
A team trading into the top 10 to grab one of the top offensive tackles is possible, but unlikely considering the depth at the position this year.
In all likelihood Buffalo sees one of the top three tackles fall to them, but do they value all three as worthy of the ninth overall pick? If they don’t like what’s left at tackle when they’re on the clock and Watkins is off the board it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Bills try and move down the board.
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Tags: 2014 NFL draft, NFL Combine
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