It's fairly obvious to even the most casual of Bills fans that the 2007 Bills are going to be one of the youngest teams in the NFL. It's also apparent that the team is also thin in a lot of key areas. The team has little depth in the back seven of their defense, and could also use serious depth at the skill positions on the offensive side of the ball. Eight draft picks will only go so far towards resolving some of these issues.
Unless, of course, the Bills trade down. Dealing out of the #12 pick to drop down, select a few spots lower and pick up an additional draft choice or two may be a very viable option for GM Marv Levy on Saturday. More picks equals more players on a thin team.
The argument to move down is supported by the fact that most of the draft's elite players - possibly including LB Patrick Willis - will likely be gone by the time the Bills pick at 12. With a drop-off in talent likely, the Bills would be able to drop a few spots in the first round and still get a player of near-equal value several picks later. There are plenty of "second-tier" first-round options that could pan out well for the Bills.
If the team does move down, who would they target? I've got a few players in mind.
Trading out of the #12 spot is likely a best-case scenario for the Bills (outside of a shot to land either Adrian Peterson or Patrick Willis, of course). But the drop-off in talent that will occur right around when the Bills pick may force Buffalo to stay at the #12 pick. The only player I would imagine teams would be willing to move up for - in the event that he is still available at pick 12 - is Louisville DT Amobi Okoye. Denver seems the most likely trade-down option there, as they would kill to land a tackle of Okoye's caliber.
Thoughts on the Bills trading down?