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Nix leery of run on OTs in rd. 2

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2012 – 1:59 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix is glad to see that only two offensive tackles came off the board in round one Thursday night, but he’s also wary of a possible run on offensive tackles at the top of round two where Buffalo picks ninth.

“The run starts normally when somebody picks first because some panic sets in and you’re afraid you’re not going to get one,” Nix told Buffalobills.com. “And that’s when you reach if you’re not careful. I look for that to happen pretty early today.”

The only good news with respect to the start of round two is most, including myself, expect the Rams to take a receiver with the first pick in round two, which hopefully puts off panic across the league.

As for the depth at offensive tackle, Nix believes there’s a good amount of talent remaining on the board.

“I think there’s some depth there,” he said. “I said that back in January that it was a good year for offensive tackle and I think it goes on down through the round so I think there will be some good ones there.”

Among the top tackles still on the board are Georgia’s Cordy Glenn, Stanford’s Jonathan Martin, Ohio State’s Mike Adams and Troy’s James Brown. All four made pre-draft visits to Buffalo.


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Chances good for OT at 41

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2012 – 11:56 pm

Taking a look at the NFL teams ahead of Buffalo in round two, the Bills stand a good chance of seeing a worthy offensive tackle talent reach them at pick 41. Here’s why.

The Rams have a pair of choices ahead of Buffalo (33 and 39), and are likely to grab a receiver with one of them. Tackle is a possibility, but not a likelihood since they’ve heavily invested in their tackles in recent years and are moving to more of a run-oriented offense under Kurt Schottenheimer.

Indianapolis (34th) has a lot of holes so if a tackle is best on the board it’s possible, but they could go a lot of different ways.

Baltimore at 35 has offensive line needs, but they lie on the interior at center and guard.

Denver at 36 needs defensive line help on the interior and are likely to look for a DT there like Penn State’s Devon Still.

Cleveland at 37 is not going to take a tackle. A receiver is more likely.

Jacksonville at 38 has a pair of pretty good tackles that they drafted in the first and second round back-to-back in the 2009 draft.

Carolina is unlikely to take a tackle with Jordan Gross and Jeff Otah manning the edges.

With four pretty good looking tackles still on the board in Mike Adams, Jonathan Martin, Cordy Glenn and James Brown, Buffalo seems to have a good shot at getting a left tackle prospect.

 


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Fan Friday 4-20

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2012 – 12:32 pm

Well fans next week at this time we’ll be tuning up for day of the 2012 NFL draft. Should be interesting as always. Don’t forget my seventh annual mock draft will be up on Buffalobills.com on Wednesday morning this coming week, not that I know any more than the next prognosticator. In any event on to your questions.

1 - Chris,

I assume that with Demetrius Bell gone, the Bills will use pick #10 for an offensive left tackle.  Despite the best efforts of Chris Kelsay, I thought that our outside linebacking last season was very poor.  Do you see the Bills selecting a linebacker in the second round and, if so, who might that be?

Paul B.
Lancaster


CB:
I’m having trouble convincing myself that any of the top offensive tackles beyond Matt Kalil will be considered worthy (value-wise) of the 10th pick. I don’t debate the Bills need to add a starting-caliber left tackle to the roster, but Buddy Nix doesn’t stray from his board. If they don’t believe the value is right for a Cordy Glenn or Jonathan Martin at 10 they’re not going to take him.

That being said I think a real option for them at 10 is Boston College LB Luke Kuechly. There is a noticeable drop off after him. Now the history of linebackers drafted in the top 15 has not been kind in recent years, with Jerod Mayo the only true success story. But this guy looks like a pretty safe pick and is capable of playing all three linebacker positions in Buffalo’s defense according to Nix.

Offensive tackles you might be able to get in the second round include Ole Miss’ Bobby Massie and Iowa State’s Kelechi Osemele. Linebackers in the second round Nebraska’s Lavonte David, Utah State’s Bobby Wagner and maybe Boise State’s Shea McClellin though he might sneak into the first.

 

2 - Hi Chris,

Obviously, as a Bills fan I am ecstatic about the acquisition of Mario Williams. He is a huge piece to the puzzle that is our defense. Also, with Williams coming to the defense, that allows Buffalo to go a lot of different directions with their first pick in this year’s draft. And I know that everyone will have their opinion about what they should do. My question is: I know the philosophy is a “best player available” approach, but what do you think the possibility is that they would maybe trade back and maybe pick up an extra pick or 2 and to not “reach” for a player they are interested in? 

Thanks for all of your coverage of the Bills. It’s a lifesaver for those not in the WNY area.

Thanks,
Chris from Orlando

 

CB: I asked Buddy whether they would pursue the option of trading down or let teams come to them. He told me there has been dialogue with other teams, but did not divulge whether the Bills were the ones doing the calling. If Miami passes on Ryan Tannehill at 8, then Buffalo’s pick becomes a lot more attractive to teams with a quarterback need that are further down in the round. At this point I’d be surprised if they didn’t take Tannehill, knowing his former head coach at A&M is the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins now (Mike Sherman) and will be running the same offense.

But the way Buddy put it to me is they’ll consider it. Just keep in mind, Buddy by nature doesn’t like to move up and down the board. He likes to sit where he’s at and make his picks. Talking to him this week he feels pretty confident they’re going to get a very good player at 10.

 

3 – Hi Chris,
I congratulate the Bills for their aggressiveness in obtaining two very good football players on defense. My concern is the fact that they have ignored their need for a good number 2 receiver opposite Stevie Johnson. Buddy Nix said after they had acquired Mario Williams, that they had good receivers. Is it possible that they are waiting for the draft? Looking at the upcoming draft, and the WR draft candidates, it appears that maybe Brian Quick from Appalachian St, and Rueben Randle from LSU would fit the Bills needs ( I do not see the Bills getting Justin Blackmon). In addition, even though Ryan Fitzpatrick is the unquestioned starter, would it be fair to say that the Bills should draft a quarterback? G.J. Kinne from Tulsa looks like he could be a Ryan Fitzpatrick clone. What are your thoughts?

Tony, Daytona Beach, Fl

CB: I think a WR will be drafted somewhere in the first three rounds. Randle and Quick are both players I believe the Bills see as fits in their offense along with a host of other prospects. Buddy said at the draft luncheon that he’d like to draft a QB every year if there weren’t other more pressing needs. I think there’s a realistic chance they take one, but if it’s before round 3 I’d be very surprised. Believe round 4 is where it’ll happen. Just a guess.

 

4 - Hey Chris – Are the Bills really going after an Offensive Line player in the 2012 draft?

It seems like a wasted pick, especially in a top 10 situation.  What teams go to the superbowl drafting Offensive Lineman in the first round.?

Take for instance Miami who drafted Jake Long #1 overall.  Sure Jake is a great player, but in 2012 Miami was 3rd in the league in sacks allowed in Jakes 3rd year.  Miami could have drafted Matt Ryan in at least been a playoff contender.  I think lineman on the offensive side can be picked up late in 1st round or 2nd and 3rd… not a top 10 pick.  Come on man. 

With so much talent out there at WR , DE, CB  .. I just dont think that’s a smart choice for Buffalo at #10, when they need more Big time play makers. 

What do you think Buffalo should do at #10  .  are they really serious about OL ?

Thanks
- Scott

 

CB: The need at left tackle would appear to indicate the urgency to take one at 10. I’m okay with them taking a tackle like Jonathan Martin or Cordy Glenn there, but I’m not convinced they have them graded that high. So I don’t think it’s a lock by any means that they take a tackle at 10.

I think the other positions in play at 10 for Buffalo will be CB, LB and possibly WR, though I’m not convinced they have Floyd graded as top 10 worthy either.

One wild card I’d like to offer as well is S Mark Barron. I think if he’s on the board he’s a realistic consideration for Buffalo at 10. He’s not at a need position, but he’s considered one of the best safeties to come along in a while. If the Bills hold true to their best on the board philosophy I think he’s in play at 10.

 

5 - Hi Chris,
Big Bills Fan here from NJ,,,,I’m thinking Bills are looking to take a LT at #10,,I like Mike Adams out of Ohio St,,,He’s a big kid at 6’7 325 could a new addition to our o-line,,,I’m also thinking of the Bills moving Andy over at LT ..and maybe draft David Decastro OG from Stanford,,,,Myself . I’m thinking Upshaw from Bama ,we also need LB esp, OLB,,,,what do you think ,,,Thanks

CB: I don’t see Adams, DeCastro or Upshaw as options at 10 for Buffalo. Adams and Upshaw are not fitting of the value at 10. In fact at best both will be last first round picks. Adams could even slip into round 2 despite prototype measurables. There are no plans to put Levitre at LT full time.


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McShay mock goes WR for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2012 – 11:35 am

It’s become more and more popular with some of the more recent mock drafts, and ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay is leaning in that direction as well. After a bevy of offensive tackle picks at 10 for Buffalo, McShay goes wide receiver.

In McShay’s fourth mock draft he has the Bills taking Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd. Here’s what he wrote.

 
10. Buffalo – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Floyd is a bit of a reach here, but no more so than OTs Mike Adams and Jonathan Martin. It’s a tough call on the Bills’ top two needs in this scenario, and they could look to trade down in a situation like this. They could also pull the trigger on a value pick such as Coples.

Floyd is widely considered the second best receiver in the draft class after Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon. With 4.47 speed and a 6’3″ 220-pound frame he could certainly be an option to line up opposite Stevie Johnson on the outside. Whether the Bills see him as proper value for the 10th overall pick is the big question.

Perhaps even more interesting is McShay has Buffalo taking Brock Osweiler, the quarterback from Arizona State in round 2 with the 41st overall pick. Osweiler did meet with the Bills at the NFL Combine, but so did a host of other players including QB Robert Griffin III.


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Mayock on OT Adams

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2012 – 3:15 pm

Ohio St. OT Mike Adams had a good week at the Senior Bowl, but there are still questions about the left tackle prospect as far as NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is concerned.

“Mike Adams’ biggest challenges are going to be in the meeting rooms,” said Mayock. “He’s not a strong guy. 19 reps at 225. That translates on the field, both upper body and more importantly to me his core strength. I don’t see the core strength. He’s long, he’s got good feet, he’s got the prototypical left tackle’s body. I’m not buying that he’s definitely going in the first round just because of his strength and some questions about his maturity.”

Adams ran a 5.4 40-time, had a 28.5 inch vertical, 8’3″ broad jump and the aforementioned 19 reps on the bench.


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Latest mock goes OT to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2012 – 4:56 pm

One of the more recent mocks has Buffalo taking an offensive tackle 10th overall.

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter went with Ohio St. OT Mike Adams. Here’s what he wrote.

10. Buffalo – OT Mike Adams
A strong Senior Bowl put the prototypically sized Adams on display. With free agent Demetrius Bell coming off injury, the Bills will be taking a hard look at offensive tackles in this draft. Adams could be on the top of their board if they think his inconsistent ways are behind him.


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