1 – @ChrisBrownBills Could the Bills be legitimately in the hunt for Sherman?
CB: I don’t see Buffalo as a realistic trade partner with the Seahawks. Here’s why.
Seattle is looking to cut their payroll and get younger. Draft picks are what they are after in exchange for Sherman. With the Bills possessing just six picks in this year’s draft, which is known as a deep class with great value in rounds two through four, I can’t see the Bills parting with picks to inherit a 30-year old corner making the kind of money Buffalo themselves chose to avoid when they let Stephon Gilmore walk.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
What do you think the bills biggest need is heading into the draft? #fanfriday #gobills
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CB: I’m not trying to hedge here, but I believe it’s linebacker and cornerback. They need premium athletes at both positions, which is why I think if the value is right that’s what they look to address early in the draft.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Is there anything at this (admittedly very early) point to differentiate Sean McDermott from his lengthy list of unsuccessful predecessors?
CB: While I think it’s easy to differentiate coach McDermott from his immediate predecessor knowing their approach to coaching is diametrically opposed, we all know that his abilities on game day as a coach are complete unknowns. No one has seen him operate as a head coach on the sideline on game day.
So while there have already been several encouraging signs (assembling a proven staff, connecting with players, clear vision for the team, adding a specific kind of player talent) all people care about in the NFL are the results. And until everyone sees how he arrives at those results there’s no way to differentiate coach McDermott from those who came before him.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Kyle Williams will need to be replaced soon and has been injured more often the last few years. Which draft 17 or 18 do they replace him in?
CB: First, I would like to point out that with the exception of the 2015 season when he played in six games, Kyle Williams has played in 15 games or more in four of the last five seasons.
That being said I do believe that depth on the interior of the defensive line is an underrated positional need for Buffalo in this draft. Unfortunately the depth on the defensive line is better on the edge than on the interior in this class.
I could see them looking for a good mid-to-late round value at defensive tackle. I like UCLA’s Eddie Vanderdoes. He performed well at the Senior Bowl and could still be there in round five. That’s right where Buffalo landed Kyle Williams back in the 2006 draft.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills
If Joe Mixon is still available late, do you think the Bills would draft him? What round would be good enough value to offset PR headache?
CB: Mixon is going to be in different places on a lot of teams’ draft boards, and there will be some boards where he doesn’t appear at all. Knowing the talent that Mixon possesses I believe round four is where a lot of teams will feel comfortable selecting him. As you know Buffalo doesn’t have a fourth-round pick, so I don’t know if the Bills will ever have the opportunity to match the risk with the value.
And as we’ve seen in the past there is usually one team that is willing to roll the dice and takes such a prospect a lot earlier than most anticipate.
Tags: 2017 NFL draft, Fan Friday, Joe Mixon, Kyle Williams, Richard Sherman, Sean McDermott
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