2013 NFL Draft: safest bets for the Buffalo Bills

Kevin C. Cox

Who do you believe is the safest pick the Buffalo Bills could make in Round 1 of this year's draft?

The Buffalo Bills news cycle continues to turn at a snail's pace, so we're opening up a noon-hour discussion based off of a reader-submitted question today. This one comes to me via email from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous, and their question goes thusly: "Who is the absolute safest pick for the Bills in Round 1?"

I'll give my opinion on that topic in this article, of course, but this feels like a great discussion-starter for the community at large.

When I think of a "safe" draft pick, a few determining factors pop into mind:

  • The player must fill obvious area of need for the Bills
  • The player must be considered one that can play a lot right away
  • The pick (and player) must be generally well-accepted by the "expert" press
  • The pick must fit in with fan expectations and/or be easily understood

The obvious answer to me, then, is that the safest pick the Bills could possibly make at No. 8 is to take Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner (assuming, of course that he's even available). He fits those above four criteria perfectly:

  • Buffalo has more questions than answers at cornerback with only one locked-in starter
  • Milliner, like 2012 first-round pick Stephon Gilmore, would walk into the starting lineup immediately
  • Most (read: all) draft analysts have Milliner highly-rated, and the need is obvious
  • Bills fans seem generally high on him and view cornerback as among the team's biggest needs

That's my answer, then: the Bills can't make a safer Round 1 investment than if they took Dee Milliner. Who do you consider the safest bet for the Bills among this year's draft class?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Buffalo Rumblings

You must be a member of Buffalo Rumblings to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Buffalo Rumblings. You should read them.

Join Buffalo Rumblings

You must be a member of Buffalo Rumblings to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Buffalo Rumblings. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker