Throughout this drawn-out NFL off-season, Buffalo Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell has been something of a point of contention within this community. I believe our discussions regarding Bell have been fairly balanced - we've talked up his improved play in 2010, as well as just how far he has to go - but he's still a hot-button topic around here.
Whatever your stance is on Bell, there is a reason he's such a fun player to debate: there's not a single Bills fan out there that doesn't realize how important Bell is to the team's outlook heading into the 2011 season.
We won't re-hash all of the pertinent talking points, including Bell's (hopefully) improved strength and the fact that there's no pure blind-side protector behind him on the depth chart. The version of Bell that we saw last season is a known commodity - and he was merely passable as an NFL left tackle. If Bell is able to take another step and become a bona fide player (and all indications are that the Bills believe this is a possibility), it will help to re-define a Buffalo offensive front that currently lacks definition.
Your clue to the No. 5 player on this list, publishing tomorrow: he has an 18-year-old lookalike that has boxed with Tony Cox. (Seriously, if you guess correctly based on that, you are a champion.)