In reading posts and articles and thinking more about this situation and the upcoming opportunities with the FA signing period and the 2012 draft, I have modified my thinking about this off-season with a specific focus on how the Bills might best address their woeful pass rushing situation.
I know there are a lot of Bills fans excited about the possibility of Mario Williams possibly becoming a UFA but I am pretty skeptical about trying to lure and pay for a big name FA to Buffalo. I think the solution could come in the combination of a much more reasonable FA signing target plus intelligent use of the Bills' strong draft position.
Specifically, I agree with what Chris Brown recently posted about liking the idea of signing Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) to return to the role he had previously been more successful in - playing RDE in a 4-3 base defense. I think then you look at who the Bills might be able to add in the draft and I can see them using the #10 pick on DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, who is climbing up boards and who could fit in well with the Bills in multiple roles, just like they used him at South Carolina. Then I think you still look at using the Bills' 3rd round pick on yet another versatile pass rusher, Shea McClellin, who is also a big OLB prospect who was also used in multiple roles in college (Boise State). You add those three players to Buffalo's roster and let Dave Wannstedt have his way with playing around with all kind of combinations and formations and blitz packages and the Bills could easily transform into an absolute terror. All without breaking the bank in the process.
My updated 2012 mock draft below:
Round 1: DE/OLB Melvin Ingram
Round 2: QB Brock Osweiler
Round 3: OLB Shea McClellin
Round 4: CB Coryell Judie
Round 4: WR Ryan Broyles
Round 5: C Quentin Saulsbury
Round 5: TE Michael Egnew
Round 6: LDE Tyrone Crawford
*Round 6: OG Jaymes Brooks
Round 7: WLB Sammy Brown
* - Compensatory Pick (for Poz)