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Positional need assessment

Posted by Chris Brown on February 14, 2011 – 9:21 pm

QB, OL, DL, LB is the order in which the National Football Post assesses the importance of the primary positional needs for the Bills entering the 2011 NFL draft. Free agency is obviously a bit of an unknown due to the labor issues.

What doesn’t make sense with NFP’s assessment is they peg QB as the top primary need, but in the same breath say that they need a developmental QB. If it’s a top need you’re looking for a starter, but by all accounts from One Bills Drive in 2011 Ryan Fitzpatrick is that guy.

I’m not dismissing landing a QB to groom isn’t a priority, but the top primary priority? I’m more inclined to address the other primaries they list first, namely DL and LB. Since there figure to be defensive linemen worthy at the top of the board, it makes the most sense. Buffalo’s linebacker need is more on the inside anyway, where NFP accurately points out they need bigger, stronger players to improve the run defense.

The best inside LBs in this class however (most feel it’s Illinois’ Martez Wilson) can be had in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, though it’s a thin group that’s lacking in size.

Offensive tackle is admittedly a spot that could use depth.


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