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2012 NFL Draft Results: Buffalo Bills Select OT Zebrie Sanders

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Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

With the No. 144 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders.

With experience at both left and right tackle collegiately - and with the massive size (6'6", 320 pounds), length and range that the Bills seek in tackles - he's an excellent depth option for the Bills, with the potential to eventually become a starter. Scouts praise his football acumen and intelligence, but have also noted that he does not play a physical brand of football and will need extensive strength training. Sanders is a project, to be sure, but there is upside here.

Once again, we find ourselves noting that GM Buddy Nix said that he'd like to add two tackles in the draft, and he's now done that in selecting Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn and now Sanders. Paired with Chris Hairston, a 2011 fourth-round pick, the Bills have now taken three tackle prospects in the last two drafts - and with five solid players on the roster at the position, they have finally built some youth and depth at the position. All five of Buffalo's tackles are massive men, as well.

The Bills will come right back in three picks with their second fifth-rounder. Stay tuned!