So much talk on what we should and should not do in the draft, what we should and should not do in Free Agency, etc, etc, etc. The question is what would I do if I were GM for a day and looking to Build the Bills Roster for this season. I will start with QB
QB - Only player under contract is Fitz and I would not attempt to resign Jackson or Thigpen. First move would be to release Fitz. I say that with a heavy heart, I like the guy, I think he is a quality NFL back-up QB but the time has come to start fresh. This would mean no QB's on the current Roster. What to do. First in the no brainier area we need to draft a QB in round 1 or round 2. Ideally if I am the Bills I look to trade down this year, not up. Trade back look for someone like the Rams who have lots of extra picks and make your move. However none of this can be predicated on the Bills being able to do that. Next either sign or trade for a veteran place holder. I am thinking Alex Smith (would cost a 4th or 5th rounder) or Matt Cassell. Now you need some additional bodies for camp so the time is right to draft a 2nd rookie QB anywhere from 5th round to un-drafted free agent. Also we need a veteran who might not make the roster but might challenge or push the people we bring in, take your pick there are about a million journey men QB's out there.
WR - The only thing we can say for certain is Stevie Johnson. I would cut Brad Smith outright, he is a barely average receiver and we have more "return men" than you can shake a stick at. David Nelson makes a good #3 or #4 if he comes back from the knee problem. T.J. Graham is still a work in progress. I would also not keep Martin and we have already said Jones is not coming back. So now we are off to the draft again. WR is a need that we need to look at in the first 3 rounds (think trade down again if possible). From a money standpoint I think it would be safe to say we are not in the market for Mike Wallace, Dwanye Bowe, or Wes Welker. However we do need to look over the free agents for someone Maybe a Danny Amodla type.
TE - No doubt we need additional help here. Scott Chandlar is coming off injury, and then we have some good blockers or guys who have been hurt. Me I would like to see a Jared Cook signing as a free agent. There are two guys in the draft one from Stanford and the other from Notre Dame; however without trading down in the draft to get extra picks we have other positions that are too important to use a high pick on the TE.
RB - C.J. that is all you need to know. yes Fred Jackson will be back, but he should be solidly in the back-up role. We need a new young back so lets find someone in the mid to late rounds to take the #3 spot. Cory Mc needs to be let go and either use Dickerson as a FB/TE or move on. Might want to draft a young guy but only if the new staff wants a FB in the system.
OL - Two things of need here 1) Pay Andy Levitre we need him. We can have a line of Glenn, Levitre, Wood, Urbek, Hairston. Then make sure we have back-ups particularly at Center where Wood has a hard time staying heathly