As the draft approaches it seems more and more likely that Clowney, Mack, Robinson, Matthews and Watkins will all be off the board before Buffalo is on the clock. There's a good chance that both Evans and Ebron are also gone. If someone takes Lewan that would pretty much wipe out the top 8 guys at position of need for Buffalo. What's left? Go defensive back? That might make sense in terms of perceived value but the Bills weren't losing games near the end of the year due to the starting CBs. The team certainly was losing games due to opposing defenses pressuring the quarterback. In the nightmare draft scenario (all 8 gone in the top 8 picks) and possibly even if a guy like Lewan is on the board perhaps the Bills will consider Zach Martin.
He's listed as an OT but can also play inside. I believe I saw Mayock raving about Martin; that he'd be the top OG or C prospects if he was listed at either position. That's tremendous versatility. Given that a team typically carries about 9 OL and only has 7 active (stupid f#&king rule) on game day having Martin on the roster could be a huge plus.
Since I love crazy draft trade scenarios I went looking for possible partners. I found that there really is only one to be had if Martin is the target. The Flaming Thumbtacks might want to hop up a couple of slots for a QB but they don't have a 3rd round pick. They seem unlikely to ship Buffalo #11 along with a 4th and 5th. Buffalo could, in theory, cut them a deal and accept just 11 and a 4th to move back a couple of slots. With Detroit looking like they'd take the first CB off the board it might be a safe play for the Bills if Martin is the target. Beyond that? Nothing. Most of the teams between 12 and 20 could use or badly need OL help.
What are your thoughts of Buffalo targeting Zach Martin and swinging a small trade to squeeze a bit more value out of #9?