Just finished watching the 45 minute press conference discussing the upcoming draft, and it was fascinating to watch Buddy Nix and Tom Modrak take turns handling the media barrage of rapid fire questions on everything from philosophy to specifics on depth in positions and character issues concerning some of the highly regarded potential picks. Below, I make a call on who the Bills are going to pick based on the most fascinating part of the press conference, when some journalists finally popped the question about how the Bills Brain Trust felt about some of these top prospects.
The first time Nix got funny was when he was asked about Dareus, and he put on the blankest stare of the entire event, pretending to not be all enthusiastic or excited, but the way he passed it off to his partner and the way Modrak answered it was, in my view, revealing. At the end of the day, he admitted Dareus would be a huge force against the run and the pass. When it came to Miller, the follow up question, again there was a clear effort to stay calm and cool, but as well Nix passed and Modrak went about monotoning his response. Again, Modrack made clear, that Miller was as advertised, the real deal, and perhaps more importantly, a force against the run as well as the pass rushing machine already so well publicized.
Finally, the question came to Gabbert, the Missouri QB who also has been closely identified by many as a high interest potential pick of the Bills. Modrak handled it again, and noted he was a hell of a player, and had been on the Bills radar at the beginning of last college season, with Modrak personally seeing his first several games live. Again, the real deal was stressed...
Buddy Nix made it clear the round 1 and round 2 picks of the Bills were closely linked, with the round 1 pick determining what the Bills would do in round 2. My sense is this: Dareus is their #1 pick, and if they had the first pick overall they would take him. Gabbert is their #2 pick if Dareus is gone. If both Dareus and Gabbert are gone I sense it will be Miller.
One of those three will be selected by the Bills at the #3 overall 1st round selection. If it is Gabbert, there is no way the Bills do not go defense in rounds 2 and 3, from everything Nix stressed.