Jan 2, 2010; Arlington, TX, USA; Ole Miss Rebels offensive tackle Bobby Massie (79) blocks against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. The Rebels beat the Cowboys 21-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
In an interview with WGR 550 earlier this week, Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix talked up the depth of the offensive tackle position in the 2012 NFL Draft class.
"I think (the depth is) better than a lot of people say it is," Nix said Thursday. "I think it’s better than it normally is. Normally you’ve got three or four guys that you think can come in and play, and we think there are probably twice as many this year. We’ve got a chance to get one. If we don’t get one at ten, we’ve got a chance to get one after that."
That line depth, according to sources informing NFL.com's Jason La Canfora, is the motivating factor behind the Bills' apparent desire to trade back in Round 1.
"Sources tell me both the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals are interested in moving back, given the offensive line depth in this draft," La Canfora reports.
Our take: if La Canfora is right, the desire to trade down is interesting, but also not terribly relevant with no clear trade-up targets in sight. The more intriguing implication here is that, if accurate, this tidbit would seem to indicate that left tackle is the team's top priority going into next week. That doesn't mean that they'll take one at No. 10 if they're forced to stay, of course, but it seems clear at this point that tackle is the primary position that the Bills feel they must address as early as possible.