The reason I titled this article "the power of the pick" is because how powerful our picks are this year. I absolutely do NOT believe we should trade down. We are in an opportunity to pick a top five talent - and regardless of who that may be - whether its Peterson, Fairley, Bowers, Green, or Dareus - we pull the trigger. These athletes have elite potential and that is exactly what this team needs - elite players. So let me repeat. We should not trade down.
- 1st - Patrick Peterson (CB) - LSU - 6'1'' 222lb
This year's Superbowl and playoffs have indicated the importance of having a stout shutdown corner - as teams plan to spread the field and attack defenses through the air.
Patrick Peterson is arguably the best player in the draft. Patrick Peterson is a once in a few years prospect similar to Ndamakong Suh was last year. A gifted athlete, cover man, with phenomenal size and skills. Patrick Peterson is too good to pass up. CB is not the most demanding of needs but let us analyze. Terrence McGee is 30 years old and is oft injured. Leodis McKelvin has not been a number one cover corner. Dayton Florence is a free agent. Donte Whitner our SS is probably not going to return next season further weakening out secondary. With the wide receivers we have in our division - (Santonio Holmes, Brandon Marshal, Wes Welker....) a legit cover corner would be a very valuable addition to our young defense. Patrick Peterson is in the mold of Derrell Revis and that is high praise. His pure cover corner skills and his size make him the ultimate prospect. A secondary that features Terrence McGee, Patrick Peterson, and Jarius Byrd sounds too tempting.
- 2nd - Martez Wilson (LB) - Illinois - 6'4'' 250lbs
Recently Der Jaegar posted in his February shots that it is not necessary to take an inside linebacker early in the draft. The article can be found here - (http://www.buffalorumblings.com/2011/2/10/1987042/february-jaeger-shots). I disagree. The best ILB in the league were drafted early. Even if that means we take an OLB and move him inside - a stout ILB is essential to the success of a defense. Here are the top ILB in the NFL and where they were selected in the draft:
Ray Lewis (Ravens) – 1-26
Lawrence Timmons (Steelers) – 1-15
Patrick Willis (49ers) – 1-11
James Farrior (Steelers) – 1-8
Jerod Mayo (Patrots) – 1-10
David Harris (Jets) – 2-47
Derrick Johnson (Chiefs) – 1-15
Karlos Dansby (Dolphins) – 2-33
Martez Wilson is the top rated ILB in this years draft. Chan Gailey recently spoke about upgrading our ILB position with a big, strong, athletic man. Martez fits in perfect and would be a great match with Poz flanked by Arthur Moats and Shawn Merriman.
- 3rd - Tyler Sash (SS) - Iowa - 6'1'' 210lbs
Donte Whitner is on his way out. The safety class is not considerably deep this year - so who will be available at this point is questionable. Sash is a big physical safety.
- 4th - Jabaal Sheard (DE/OLB) - Pittsburgh - 6'4'' 260lb
I have been hearing great things about Jabaal Sheard the past few weeks. It also helps that our new assistant head coach Dave has experience coaching him. Sheard has the potential to become an effective pass rusher - and learn from current OLB Shawn Merriman. I love this pick for the Bills because it fills a need and the player has connections with our coaching staff.
- 4th - Lawrence Guy (DE/DT) - Arizona State - 6'5'' 300lb
Guy will move up draft boards. He is a great athlete and should convert well to end for us. Yes we need a defensive lineman in this draft and this could be our "guy" - no pun intended.
- 5th - James Carpenter (OT) - Alabama - 6'5'' 300lb
James Carpenter was an outstanding athlete in the Senior Bowl. I doubt he lasts this long but we'll see. James Carpenter showed discipline and ability to block the Senior Bowls top defenders. He has the potential to start at right tackle for us come the start of the season.
- 6th - Pat Devlin (QB) - Delaware - 6'4'' 220lb
I don't think it is necessary for the team to take a QB in this draft. I am not completely sold on the top QBs in this draft just yet. But in any case the team will want to draft a QB. I liked Devlin during his bowl game. A Project - but which QB in this draft is not a project.
- 7th - Marcus Gilbert (OT) - Florida - 6'6'' 320lb
Adding depth to the offensive line is always important - especially with the amount of injuries our team faces.