Inside The Bills

Dissecting Richardson visit

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2012 – 11:44 am learned earlier today that Alabama RB Trent Richardson was one of four prospects visiting with the Bills Wednesday. Yes, it’s just part of the pre-draft process for NFL clubs, but it also serves as further proof about Buffalo’s draft philosophy.

Buddy Nix, from the time he took over as GM on New Year’s Eve 2009, has said they’re always going to take the best player available. Proof of that came in the Bills first draft choice with Nix calling the shots, with C.J. Spiller taken ninth overall two years ago, despite the presence of Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson on the roster.

Now, the significance of Richardson making a pre-draft could very well prove moot. Most draft prognosticators are convinced he won’t slip any further than five where Tampa Bay sits with new head coach Greg Schiano, who values the run game a great deal and had great success with a versatile back at Rutgers in Ray Rice.

But it doesn’t dismiss the fact that when the Bills say they take the best player available they mean it.

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