Over the course of the past few weeks debate and opinion has been offered on the direction the Bills should go with their 10th overall pick in this year's draft. Entering the combine, it appeared that the obvious course of action was to address the team's glaring need for a pass rusher on the edge- someone who could apply the pressure on opposing quarterbacks that was desperately needed.
As this need was resoundingly addressed through the signing of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, it seems the consensus of the fans recently has been to shift the focus of the draft, and the 10th pick in particular adhering to the team's offensive needs. Although cornerback and Linebacker are areas of need as well, this era of the NFL calls for three things- points, points, and more points.
Aside from the Bills needs on defense is what arguably is the one thing holding them back from being a contender in the AFC, a lack of offensive weapons. It seems with many teams who have been successful over the past few years, a few common factors resonate: 1. A sustainable pass rush able to put pressure on quarterbacks and cover up possible coverage weaknesses and/or 2. A pleathera of offensive weapons to distribute the ball to and put points on the board. Gone are the days when running the ball and stopping the run were vital aspects of a successful team.
In order for the Bills to build their stock of offensive weapons, they need to bolster the pedigree of their receiving corps. Although Stevie Johnson was a steal as a late round pick and appears to be a Bill for years to come, the bottom line is early round picks, in particular top 10 first round picks are more likely to become threatening weapons on offense than later round guys. Just look at how Atlanta traded up last year to nab Julio Jones, a speedster who ended up being an imposing force opposite already established receiver Roddy White. Plain and simply, if the Bills wish to give Ryan Fitzpatrick more formittable options on offense, they must bite the bullet of holding off on LT needs and Linebacker reinforcements in favor of selecting a threat on offense. While we would all like to believe that Donald Jones and Marcus Easley would end up just like Johnson, the Bills can not afford to sit around and attempt to develop these players into effective weapons and pass on a chance to take a guy like Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, or Stephen Hill if available.