There's interesting news on the Bills website that the team is making it a point to interview TE's at the combine, including Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham and Florida's Aaron Hernandez, both of whom are expected to go either in the late first round or the early second round. It struck me when they released Derek Fine that they might be looking at a major upgrade at the position, and the reason may well be that Gailey intends to run the same "pistol" offense he used in Kansas City, in which the QB lines up three steps behind the center (instead of the seven steps of a full "shotgun" formation). The pistol makes heavy use of a two TE set, using the TE's either to block on running plays or for pass protection or as receivers. In effect, the use of two TE's gives the playcaller maximum flexibility and keeps the defense guessing.
Obviously anyone inheriting the Bills' offense would want to take advantage of the talent of Shawn Nelson, but these latest moves make me wonder if Gailey also wants another top-quality TE to go along with him. If so, perhaps the first round pick is not going to be OT or NT or OLB, as we all have assumed, but rather a trade-down to get to the right spot to select someone like Gresham. Alternatively, TE might be the target when the Bills pick at the top of the second round. I'm not necessarily predicting that that is going to happen -- just suggesting that it may be a real possibility. Stay tuned.