There is an abundance of discussion regarding whom the Bills should take with their pick at #11 in this year's draft, with most of this revolving around which of the several DL players would best suit the Bills need for improved pass rush. Of concern to me is this line of thought- draft the best player available for this purpose when our turn comes. While there is no question that the Bills do need a significantly increased pass rush, plus some real playmakers, for the defense, certain needs on offense are just as critical. For example, we need a full time tight end, one who can both block and be a legitimate pass catching threat. We also are in critical need of a center, the very position around which the rest of the offensive line is built. That said, if we cannot draft an IDEAL DL prospect- one of the top tier of those in the draft (there are few of these, to be certain), then I believe our long term best interests are served by drafting the best player in the draft at center or tight end, regardless of perceived value or rating on some expert's board. Is Brandon Pettigrew a "franchise" type tight end? I don't know, but he has had some minor off field issues which might suggest some character or judgement flaws. I do know that center Alex Mack has been rated as the best center to come out of college in many years. I also remember that the late Paul Brown made center Bob Johnson the very first pick of his new franchise, the Cincinnatti Bengals, and that Johnson went on to anchor an offensive line that was dominant for a decade. What do you think- if we have to draft at #11, and the top defensive line players are already taken, is it too much of a reach to take the best player available in years to occupy a position of such importance?
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