The Buffalo Bills had a very solid draft according to many of the so called experts. Bills GM Buddy Nix went into the draft saying he would like to draft 2 offensive tackles and 2 cornerbacks. He accomplished both. There was also a player he was raving about in the weeks prior. He got that player as well. All in all, as a Bills fan I was pleased.
The strategy of the draft changed last month for the Bills when they acquired both Mario Williams and Mark Anderson in free agency. The Bills had a terrible pass rush last season and knew they needed to get some defensive ends. Had the Bills not signed either, perhaps both guys, their first pick may have been a defensive end.
On day 1 of the draft, there were many rumors surrounding the Bills. Some had them trading up as high as 3 to draft USC tackle Matt Kalil. Others had them trading up to get Alabama safety Mark Barron, a player who Bills reporter Chris Brown thought the Bills viewed as a once in a generation player. There were rumors about them trading down. When everything came to pass, they stayed where they were and drafted South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the player Nix had raved about. Gilmore is competitive, a good tackler, a solid athlete, and has good ball skills. Even if he does not win a starting job out of camp, with his tackling ability there is little doubt that he would see the field as the nickel cornerback. I approve of the pick.
On day 2, the Bills were looking to grab an offensive tackle and a wide receiver, and they got both. Their second round pick was Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn, who had been projected to go as high as the teens in the draft. The downfall on him was that teams were unsure if he would be a tackle or guard. Nix said he was definitely a tackle. If not, he can be a good starting right guard to upgrade over Craig Urbik. This was a solid pick. The Bills other day two pick was NC State receiver TJ Graham, a player who the Bills gave up a 7th round pick to draft. Ironically, there were thoughts that Graham was no higher than a 7th round pick, but apparently the Bills liked him. He seems to have the same makeup as former Bills receiver Lee Evans, fast and wirey. He may or may not be a good pick.
On day 3, the Bills went with Florida State linebacker Nigel Bradahm, LSU cornerback Ron Brooks, Florida State tackle Zebrie Sanders, TCU linebacker Tank Carder, Oregon guard Mark Asper and Western Michigan kicker John Potter.
The majority of these players will probably stick to special teams, but in time I could see Bradahm, Brooks and Sanders picking up starting jobs. I was upset about the drafting of a kicker, as I dont think this pick should ever be made.
Overall, I would give the Bills a B+ for their draft, however this grade will not be clear for at least a year.