Inside The Bills

Researching offensive tackle

Posted by Chris Brown on April 18, 2012 – 2:45 pm

The Bills personnel execs were very forthcoming in outlining some of their more pressing positional needs. Even though they left the door open to just about anything at 10th overall, the club has taken length measures on the history of drafting offensive tackles.

“We did all these studies on left tackles and where they’re drafted and there’s a high percentage of them drafted in the top 10, left tackles,” said GM Buddy Nix. “Other guys you find. Again don’t read into that, but most of the starters in this league that are Pro Bowlers were taken in the first eight or nine picks.”

The statement probably isn’t really shocking. The best tackles are taken at the top of the draft board and logically have the best chance to succeed based on their measure of talent. But knowing the Bills have performed studies to see how high picks and lower round picks have panned out over the years at the tackle position shows the brass is researching how imperative it might be to take one early.

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