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?