To be completely honest with everybody, I am extremely excited about this year's draft. I truly believe Whaley when he says that the team is "close" to turning the page and making a playoff run. Yes, it is true that I have drank the Kool-aid. As a matter of fact, I drank it a long time ago. The official year was 2008 when the team began the season 4-0 and Trent Edwards was an early favorite for MVP. Since that first loss of that season to the Cardinals and Edwards career changing injury (concussion from a lethal and missed-call-by-the-officials hit), the Bills have continually let me down; and still I keep coming back for more and more. If feels like an eon since the Bills have been viable in this new NFL culture and popularity. However, my wait may finally be over.
For the first time in almost a decade, there is tangible talented depth on this team is key places: WR corps, LB corp, DB corps, running back, and DL. There are areas where depth accumulation is warranted like OL and DE. However, after this year's draft, the lack in depth will be rectified. There is sufficient OL depth and DE talent to go around, with a couple CB's to boot to strengthen an already strong unit. This may the closest the team appears to be on paper in a long time and Whaley is betting on success with who the team has that he is not shying away from rumors that they might trade up to acquire a talent like Matthews, Clowney or Watkins. Buffalo will have to give up a couple draft choices they would have gotten in rounds 2-4, but they are close and Whaley senses it. Shoot!!! Even if they don't trade up, they could grab either OT Lewan or TE Ebron with the 9th overall pick and assist Manuel with his maturation.
Along with the acquisition of players like Mike Williams, Keith Rivers, and Corey Graham; the team has shored up questionable areas of depth ineptitude. There was also proven coaching talent additions. Jim Schwartz has had an immense influence on the dominating defenses he coached. QB coach Downing helped Stafford become one of the NFL's brighter stars and Offensive Assistant Hosteler has helped produce a Super Bowl MVP (Joe Flacco, who has similar traits to Manuel) and an offense that scored at will against one of the best defenses in 2012 (SF Niners in the Super Bowl). Serious talent and depth has been brought together, which if history proves transparent, has led to great results for the organizations that have combined the two.
The time is near for the team to get over the hump. Although, I believe that I may need to pump my own brakes. EJ has to make that jump from inexperienced rookie to a strong up-and-comer. The combination of players (Williams, Dixon, and an elite OT and/or WR) and coaches (Downing, Hosteler, and Hackett) will should produce a team ready to make that leap to a 9-10 win squad. Be ready for it. Hear me now, believe me later.