I would like to save the Rumblings Community some time, energy, and future disappointment by promoting awareness of the probability that all of the Bills' roster needs will not be properly addressed in the upcoming draft.
Now, take a deep breath.
Please do not misinterpret my initial statement. Obviously I am hoping for and not ruling out the possibility that the Bills can get 8 future Pro Bowlers out of this draft. However, I am encouraging everyone to acknowledge the probability. In addition, my statement says nothing about making the playoffs in 2008.
This is a league-wide challenge that is not exclusive to the Buffalo Bills. Many teams are in a similar situation as the Bills: team needs exceed team resources. In no particular order, the Bills need two wide receivers, a defensive end, a cornerback, a strong safety, a tight end, a center, and a defensive tackle, not to mention overall team depth. Many of these players need to be very good players. Although they currently have 8 draft picks, most drafts only yield about 3 good players. Just because a position of need is drafted, in any round, does not mean that the position of need is properly addressed. Essentially, not everyone is going to be happy. When push comes to shove, something has to give. Unless they get a Jared Allen in the fourth round and a Marques Colston in the seventh round, I don't see any likely way around it. Unfortunately, some positions are likely going to have to wait until later (next year) to be properly addressed.
I think the Bills should select Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB, Tennessee State) in the first round, Tyrell Johnson (SS, Arkansas State) in the THIRD round, and trade their fifth round pick to Tampa Bay for WR Michael Clayton. Honestly at this point, I would be pretty happy with that. Additionally, an elite WR or TE needs to come from somewhere in this draft. As I mentioned, some positions are likely going to have to wait until later to be properly addressed. Tough pill to swallow.
I think everyone, including myself, would like the Bills to trade down in the first round with a team such as Dallas. This seems like such an easy solution, but in reality it is probably a pipe dream.