By Rob Kotaska
Like every other delusional fan from the other 30 NFL cities I sat back after this weekend’s draft and thought, “Man, my team nailed this one”. And for the first time in a while that may be close to reality.
Certainly there were some choices that I would not have made, say trading up in the 3rd round to select a receiver that most people had ranked lower, there are no arguments from me when it came to the positions that Buddy Nix and company decided to target.
The Bills pass defense last season was turrible. They finally put together a defense that could stop the run, only to see the secondary become a sieve. One could argue they were always an issue, they simply were not targeted before since teams could run at will against the Bills for at least two seasons prior. Whatever the reason, that aspect of the defense was in need of some serious overhaul.
The Bills look to have fixed their pass rush by pouring $120 plus million into it in free agency. Gone is the botched 3-4 experiment…so here we go. Not content to give Leodis McKelvin and Drayton Florence a free pass, the Bills picked up another corner from the SEC (Ron Brooks of LSU) in addition to their number one selection. This infusion of youth is welcome as Terrance McGee’s legs looked shot last season. With Aaron Williams, last year’s round two selection, and the two 2012 selections the Bills back-end got a much-needed face lift.
As predicted here the Bills addressed the real need of the O-Line: depth. Cordy Glenn has a chance to be an immediate contributor (and looks to be a steal at #41). The other two big men give me hope that should a rash of injuries occur, they will not necessitate waiver wire signings as in year’s past. I love that the linemen are from big schools.
Even though I have seen very little tape on the first linebacker the Bills selected, Nigel Bradham, hopes are high he can push for some playing time. Kirk Morrison is definitely a weak spot in the Bills front seven, and it would be nice if he had to earn the start rather than starter by default.
As for the wideout…he reeks of Roscoe Parrish Jr. That is not a good thing. Here’s hoping the scouts knew what they were doing.
It will be a few years before the truth of these selections pan out. There were questions about that fact when he selected C.J. Spiller in his first draft. The last two have proven he knows what he wants, southern fried players. Unlike the three GMs before him Buddy seems to know what his team needs and drafts accordingly. He then does the best to bring the two together. For that he gets an A+, if only because I am still grading on the curve set by Donohoe, Levy and Brandon.