While I think the most likely first round pick for the Bills remains one of the top three OTs, I played the "What if game" with Chris Hairston. What if the Bills are convinced he will start the pre-season healthy, and are willing to gamble that he stays healthy? If not OT, where would they go with their first pick to get the best possible talent/value? I ruled out Clowney and Watkins as highly unlikely to be available at #9. It is also likely there will be OLBs (Van Noy), TEs (Niklas), and numerous WRs available in the 2nd round, and desirable OTs elsewhere in the draft.
I labeled this Your Opinions because I do not watch college football, and living outside the Buffalo area, I do not get to see many Buffalo games, so it is hard for me to assess why the Bills are so poor at stopping the run. Jernigan caught my eye as a player consistently at the top of the Top Prospect Rankings on numerous sites.
If he is that good, then he has Dark Horse appeal for the following reasons:
1. Beef up the run defense without hurting the pass rush.
2. He can be paired with Dareus on the inside, or Dareus can kick out to a DE slot if you do not believe Kyle Williams is a weakness in the running game.
3. A lineup of Branch, Jernigan, K. Williams, Dareus might be our stoutest goal line defense, and could be a useful rotation elsewhere on the field.against power running teams.
4. The Bills need quality depth at the DT slot, both to rotate players during a game, and in case of injury to K. Williams or Dareus.
5. He provides future protection for K. Williams aging, or Dareus walking away at contract renewal time.
6. A stud run defensive line could let the Bills focus on other areas in the second round, giving Bradham one more year to improve.
7. All in all, a stud defensive lineman is a better value for a top pick than a stud LB (purely subjective opinion.)
So what do the you think?