Inside The Bills

A shift toward Trent Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2010 – 12:55 pm

With mock drafts changing almost daily, there has been an interesting trend with respect to the name that has been popping up more often in Buffalo’s slot at ninth overall.

Of all the mock drafts we’ve been keeping tabs of offensive tackle still dominates for the Bills projected pick with 24 of the 48 guesses going with a pass protector (50%). Quarterback is second accounting for 25% of the guesses by prognosticators.

What’s most interesting however, is the name of the offensive tackle most recently filling the Bills slot at nine. In three of the five most recent mock drafts released an offensive tackle has been the position of choice and all three times Oklahoma’s Trent Williams was the pick.

Now this doesn’t mean that Williams is suddenly rising up draft boards and is a lock to be a top 10 pick. What it signifies is most prognosticators are expecting three offensive tackles to be off the board prior to Buffalo’s pick at 9, namely Russell Okung (Okla. St.), Bryan Bulaga (Iowa) and Anthony Davis (Rutgers).

With those three widely predicted to be off the board, Williams is regarded by most to be the fourth best tackle prospect and has been considered by a fair amount of the so called experts to be a top half of the first round pick. So the naming of Williams is more indicative of how the prognosticators see the top 10 picks falling with respect to the tackle position than anything else.

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