Inside The Bills

Best player at position of need

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2010 – 10:43 am

Bills GM Buddy Nix has not blindly said that Buffalo will take the best player on the board like most front office executives do this time of year. He took it a step further.

In an interview with Shredd and Ragan on 103.3 The Edge he explained the way they look at their board as the draft unfolds and closes in on their pick.

“Here’s the way we do it,” said Nix. “If the guy that we think has value at number nine, the guy that’s good enough to be the number nine pick and it’s in a position of need for us, that’s the guy that we go after. If there’s not one in a need position that has a number nine value, then we go with the best player at that point, no matter what he plays.”

Most people are of the impression that offensive tackle, defensive tackle and quarterback are among Buffalo’s top needs. But if players at those positions that they feel are worthy of the number nine pick are no longer available when they’re on the clock, at that point they would take the best player available. Knowing there is likely to be an early run on offensive tackles the direction the Bills take at nine could change very quickly.

Regardless of what happens in front of Buffalo at nine, Nix was ready to make one promise.

“I can promise you this,” he said. “We’ll be better come Saturday night about midnight.”

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