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Opinion: Buffalo Bills banking on traits at offensive tackle with Tommy Doyle

Another mammoth, athletic tackle project joins the Bills.

The Buffalo Bills have really banked on traits throughout the course of this draft. Most recently, they selected offensive tackle Tommy Doyle out of Miami of Ohio at pick 161 in the fifth round of the draft. So far, the team has selected two perceived defensive ends and offensive tackles with their first four selections, clearly putting a stamp on improving the trenches.

Doyle is a three-year starter for the Redhawks where he played both left and right tackle in his career.

Doyle measured in at 6’8” and 320 lbs at his pro day and tested off the charts. He put up 24 bench press reps with over 35” arms along with a 32” vertical jump, 9’3” broad jump, 5.12 40-yard dash, and a 7.42 three-cone. Similar to third-round selection Spencer Brown, Doyle is a significant bet on athleticism and traits at offensive tackle.

This is another redshirt option for the Bills who are now hoping to develop Brown as well as Doyle into (at least) athletic options at the swing tackle position, which was a potential hole coming into the draft. In college, Doyle won with tremendous strength behind his pads to couple with his athleticism. The biggest development point for Doyle will be improving upon technical footwork and hand placement. There’s a lot of potential to be unlocked but a lot of work to be done with offensive line coach Bobby Johnson.

The Bills have put a giant emphasis of betting on traits with two hulking offensive tackles in their last two selections—both of whom will require a fair amount of work. But, if they pay off, these could be massive supplements, literally and figuratively, to the team’s offensive line.