My thoughts are this, we are in dire need of 2 positions. WR and ILB. I would love to see the Bills leave the 1st round with 1 of these positions filled with a ready from day 1 player. Who fits that criteria in this draft class? I personally can't answer that because I personally don't watch NCAA football very often. I base my opinions on that of others on this specific site and what the so call draft "pundits" have to say. What have ya'll been saying? From what I can read and tell I would say Alec Ogeltree, Tavon Austin, Kevin Minter fit this criteria.
The positions we are supposedly in need of are LB,WR,G,SS and QB (According to NFL.Com).While I could definatly get behind drafting a QB at #8 i'm not so sure its in Buffalo's best interests. With the signing of Kolb we don't need a plug and play QB as we have afforded ourselves the (assumed) luxury that Kolb could fill a void for us for at least a season. i would say i agree with this. I think Kolb deserves a chance to prove he can be the guy. With Cliff and Freddie in the back field and Stevie and hopefully a high investment WR on the outside, I think Kolb could play quite well with these weapons and this offensive line.
Guard at #8? I can't honestly remember the last time a G let alone 2 G's were talked about this highly before the draft. Now is that because the overall talent just isn't there or is it because these 2 kids are just that good? Again, I don't know, but I will say this. If both of these kids are perennial pro bowlers, and the Bills don't draft either one, they will look back and regret not drafting these kids because they are THAT GOOD.
The Bills for the past 4 seasons under Buddy Nix haven't been the easiest team to predict when it comes to the draft. First it was the Spiller pick, everyone went wha?????? Then the Dareus pick which would have been Newton if he was there and I honestly think it would have been Miller if he was there (pretty easy to predict that one) and then last year with Gilmore. I mean if Kuechly is there I think he's the pick but Buffalo was kind of the wild card. Buddy hasn't missed yet since he's been here. I would argue all three first round picks have turned out quite well. Gilore looks poised to be a shutdown guy, Spiller is Spiller and Dareus needs to have a full year without any off fields issue's and decent defensive game plan.
My consensus. I want a plug and play guy, regardless of position. I want the best player not necessarily the easiest player (Barkley/Nassib). We need impact WR's regardless of when or how we get them, we NEED them. Trading down seems to look more like a viable option now that Miami has struggled to find a LT and St. Louis fears Tavoin Austin might not be there. Buddy hasn't missed a 1st rounder yet, so I have faith, I actually have alot of faith in buddy's ability to scout talent, I am just tired of hearing 8 different guys that we are going to take. Whether it be Austin, Ogeltree, Warmack, Cooper, Nassib, Fisher, Barkley, Patterson, Jones or Jordan let's just get this party started!