So last year the Dolphins had the 1st overall pick and the Falcons had the 3rd overall pick. They went different routes in the first round, Miami taking a LT and Atlanta taking a QB. Having rookies starting at crucial positions is a gamble, and it’s exactly what the Bills may end up doing next season. Atlanta took a LT, Sam Baker from USC, in the second round who was their opening day starter. Houston also took a LT in the 1st round who started for them last season. Miami got the best tackle in the draft and he had a great season, but the Texans and Falcons both got lesser talents, both projected as second rounders if I’m not mistaken, and they got the job done for their respective teams. Atlanta’s feature back, Michael Turner, had a monster season with a rookie LT, as did Matt Ryan. Houston didn’t have the success of either of these two teams but they did have a very potent and dangerous offense, top 5 in the NFL. Miami had a very good year with a rookie LT, and even Pennington’s check down style resembles Trent’s to a certain degree. The Dolphins had a huge year on the ground as well. Wherever they get a tackle, I would imagine through the draft, it doesn’t mean they will take a step back offensively. Offensive lines are supposed to gel in training camp, not get everybody out of sync almost guaranteeing sub par blocking for the entire season.
So just because the Bills maybe don’t get a stud tackle with their first pick, there is still hope that they can make the playoffs, and at the very least improve their blocking from last season. The Bills have more weapons now than any of the other 3 teams mentioned in the last paragraph, and just because they might not have a proven quality o-line, doesn’t mean they are dead in the water.
Lets go Bills!