We're now just two days away (give or take a few hours) from the start of the 2013 NFL Draft. While most draft-related talk surrounding the Buffalo Bills is focused on the team's most glaring need, we thought it would be prudent to re-set the team's needs list as we sharpen our focus heading into Thursday night. Buffalo has six picks in this draft (at the moment), so we'll limit the needs list to six positions.
With a new direction being charted in the front office by President/CEO Russ Brandon and a brand new coaching staff, there won't be a better time for the new regime at One Bills Drive to take their quarterback than this weekend - and the sooner, the better. The Bills have the makings of a veteran competition in place, but clearly, a long-term solution is needed.
|QB||4||Kevin Kolb||7||Tarvaris Jackson||3||Aaron Corp|
2. Wide Receiver
I mean, just look at the depth chart below: you have one quality player, one or two quality projects and a few journeymen/depth types. Depth is a major issue - they'll need three or four more bodies for camp - but a player that can contribute right away would be excellent, as well.
|SE||13||Stevie Johnson||81||Marcus Easley|
|FL||11||T.J. Graham||18||Kevin Elliott|
|SL||16||Brad Smith||15||Chris Hogan|
We're sort of lumping two needs into one here, because not only do the Bills need three-down capable linebackers that can run, hit and cover, they also need another pass rushing option from the position. The bottom line, however, is simple: the Bills have better players along the defensive line and in the secondary than they do at linebacker. Help is needed.
|Rush||94||Mario Williams||93||Mark Anderson||67||Jamie Blatnick|
|SLB||91||Manny Lawson||52||Arthur Moats||56||Kourtnei Brown|
|MLB||55||Kelvin Sheppard||51||Chris White||59
|WLB||53||Nigel Bradham||43||Bryan Scott||54||Marcus Dowtin|
4. Tight End
Their semi-productive, athletically limited starter is coming off of late-season ACL surgery, and there isn't an established, athletic receiving threat to be found on the roster. Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett would love to get a seam-stretching tight end that can move around the alignment, as exemplified by the team's sniffing around those types of athletes in free agency.
|TE1||84||Scott Chandler||82||Dorin Dickerson||80||Mike Caussin|
|TE2||85||Lee Smith||49||Joe Sawyer|
The star free safety hasn't signed his franchise tender and may be contemplating a holdout, while the team's two third-year developmental players are a converted cornerback and an in-the-box type that's still unproven. Buffalo could use a fourth safety at minimum, and they crave more versatility here, as well.
|FS||31||Jairus Byrd||30||Mana Silva|
|SS||23||Aaron Williams||25||Da'Norris Searcy|
One struggling cornerback has been moved to safety, and another was re-signed to a moderate contract to be a starter this year. Depth is unproven, as is the team's well-regarded top corner. Depth is always a concern at this position, and that remains the case for the Bills, who could use one more viable option at this position.
|CB1||24||Stephon Gilmore||29||Crezdon Butler||47||Dominique Ellis|
|CB2||21||Leodis McKelvin||44||T.J. Heath|
|Slot||33||Ron Brooks||26||Justin Rogers|