By Paul Wanecski
Thanks Washington. Thanks a lot. All you had to do was draft the best player in the 2015 draft and you blew it. As I said on a previous podcast "Leonard Williams could steal a school bus full of children and still not skip past the Jets at 6".
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams joins a formidable NY Jets defensive front as their first round pick in this year's NFL Draft, selected 6th overall. To put this simply, the need for the Buffalo Bills to improve the offensive line just became a bit more urgent. Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and now Williams will be a combination that could keep quarterbacks up at night. Add that with the Jets reunion with Revis and Cromartie in the secondary and that pass rush will just be more difficult to handle. As I said, thanks a lot Washington.
The Bills enter the 2nd round with only 3 tackles on the roster. Corey Glenn, Sentrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio reside as the only tackles on the roster excluding Chris Williams who was signed to play guard after being drafted as a tackle by Chicago. With the 50th pick, the Bills could look to trade back now that the depth at guard has proven to be pretty plentiful. They could find a myriad of ways to acquire additional draft picks in both this and next year. This is something that they will need to do now because Leonard Williams, even though he is a rookie, will be very difficult to handle twice a year. Again, thanks a lot Washington.
Now who will they target? Jake Fisher is a no-brained selection if tackle is the priority. PJ Williams or Eric Rowe could play both corner or safety. A.J. Cann or Donovan Smith could hold down guard. Unless QB Hundley drops to 50, the Bills will pass on that position. Randy Gregory will most likely be gone, but Benardrick McKinney might still be available and he has the size to play both inside and outside linebacker. Could the Bills pull the trigger on a center? It is possible but don't bet money on it. Jaquiski Tartt, if available, would provide a skull-cracking safety. Options abound but addressing the offensive line depends on what your perspective is.
If the Bills are confident that Cyrus is the future at tackle, drafting one high is less of priority as you still have Glenn, who would be an immovable force at left guard. Cyrus could try to slide into guard but that move is far from a sure thing, so the Bills would hand cuff that with an additional guard on the roster. All of this made urgent because Washington can't draft the best player in the draft when he falls into their lap. This is made worse by the fact that in the second round, it could happen again that Washington selects the wrong player. Again, thanks a lot Washington.