2012 NFL Draft Quick Reaction: Buffalo Bills


By Rob Kotaska

Hope, followed by disappointment, followed by tension, and finally: relief.

The first six picks went as I had hoped.  The two targets were still on the board and it was said that Tampa needed to upgrade their D-line.  The experts fail again.  The Bucs swept in and plucked Mark Barron, safety from Alabama off the board.  Hope in Bills country that he could be a key player in covering the double tight end set that the reviled Patriots deploy.  The first of two quick disappointments.

The Phins reached for a QB, again.

The Panthers (and perhaps Buddy Nix) were all that stood between the Bills and Luke Kuechly, who was sure to be a fan favorite as a Gronk-Neutralizer.  It was not to be.

Another disappointment.

Crap.  Who would the Bills go to?  They wanted a play-maker. Oh lord, please, not Michael Floyd.

The selection was in.

With the 10th selection in the NFL Draft the Buffalo Bills take Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina.

Character kid, great highlights, 4.4 speed…and not Floyd or a reach at OT.  Bonus: Leodis can be on a short leash…and the back-end needed some love.

It was not what I hoped or planned, but somehow it is enough.

Note: Those bro hugs the Commish dishes out are really awkward.

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