Since everyone is blogging about grabbing a WR, CB, OLB, K, P, Long Snapper, water boy, etc. with the #10 pick, I feel that a major option is not being discussed as much. While I see positives in all the posted arguments, I, too, could convince myself and others to draft that way or that. But what if there was another path to follow?
So stepping outside the prescribed "media" box for a moment, I wanted to consider an alternative approach: Finish the Trenches
. OBD has done a tremendous job of improving and then solidifying the Defensive line. (Thanks again for that Nix) So why not take the same approach to the Offensive line.
Step 1: Sign Marcus McNeill (OT)
. Bell obviously does not want to be part of this great organization as it finally turns the corner and starts heading back towards the land of "respectability". So sign a guy Nix is familiar with. Yes, he is an injury risk! However, we have Hairston sitting behind him just in case and backup plan just in case (see step #3 below)... This also provides Hairston and others a chance to be groomed by a tremendous talent for a year or 2.
Step 2: At position #10 (or perhaps a trade down by a few slots), draft the BPA on the board - David DeCastro (G)
. Starter from day 1!
Step 3: In the second round, draft Zebrie Sanders, (OT) Florida State
(or Mike Adams
, OT, Ohio State). This would provide us with competition at the Tackle positions.
Step 4: Now start filling in some other holes in rounds 3 – 7, including a young DE that can be groomed by some of the best in the business - AKA Mario and Merriman!
Step 5: Make a few cuts to rid ourselves of some dead wood… Young, Brown!
When all is said and done, here’s what we are left with:
LT – McNeill, Hairston
LG – Levitre, Urbik
C – Wood, Urbik
RG – DeCastro, Rhinehart
RT – Pears, Sanders/Adams
TE – Chandler, Smith
By improving our O-line, we provide (1) Fitzy with time in the pocket and (2) our WRs with a chance to run deeper routes and add a new dimension to our playbook which eliminates the need to just throw short passes every time.
Just a different perspective on how we can continue to improve and solidify our beloved Bills
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.