by Mario Granata
Off of the heels of the New York Jets trade the Buffalo Bills add depth to their line by signing Marshall Newhouse and Russell Bodine. These recent signings and the length of the deals further indicate that the Bills are trading up in the 2018 upcoming NFL Draft.
Lets take a look at the recent signings of the Buffalo Bills:
Newhouse has bounced around the league since being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2010 in the 5th round. He started 31 games for the Packers, given the responsibility of protecting Aaron Rodgers. You don't get that role unless there is a lot of trust involved. Since his departure from the Packers he started 39 games protecting the likes of Andy Dalton, Eli Manning and Derek Carr who all would agree are franchise quarterbacks.
Bodine was drafted in the same class (2014) as AJ McCarron and that is not just a coincidence. There was a reason for that pickup. During his time in Cincinnati, he started 60 games in 4 years and could possibly fill a hole that is left open by Eric Wood. Also, if he can play well enough in camp, that could slide Ryan Groy to RG to give the line more depth.
Now, while these moves are just viewed as depth signings since these two aren't as highly touted, what it really means is that the Bills don't have to use picks to add offensive line depth in the 2018 Draft. Now, those picks can be used to trade up for another quarterback, if that is, in fact, the direction that the Bills are headed.