1 – Options aplenty
After the rebuilding of this roster began with former GM Buddy Nix in 2010 a lot of position holes have been filled over the last four offseasons in the draft and free agency. Sure they could use some quality depth at a couple of positions and some top flight talent waiting in the wings to step into a starting role for a couple of older veterans, but the roster is at a point now where GM Doug Whaley isn’t crippled by positional need when they’re on the clock with their first round pick.
Whaley: "This draft is important to take the next step" #playoffs— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 25, 2014
“We can go with any position,” said Whaley. “We can take offensive line, we can take running back, we can take receiver, you can always use another DB, a safety, a linebacker. So that makes our job a lot easier. We can stack the board without having a pressing need.”
2 – No quarterback additions planned
There continues to be a prevailing thought outside the walls of One Bills Drive that the Bills should draft a quarterback this spring.
“We don’t plan on it,” said Whaley.
Whaley: "It's a QB-driven league ... our main focus is to make sure (EJ Manuel) progresses."— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 25, 2014
3 – Moving on up?
“We’re going to keep every option open,” Whaley said.
4 – Tight ends are more important
Whaley: TE position is trending towards basketball, athletic types.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 25, 2014
“Every offense is different, but I know a tight end and a running back are great friends to a quarterback,” said Whaley.
5 – Receiver class deepest of them all
Jim Monos on 2014 WR class: "Depth-wise, we can go through every round. It's deep." could push other WR talent down the board— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 25, 2014
“Every year you’re going to have a ton of wide receivers, because that’s the nature of the position compared to offensive linemen and tight ends,” said Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher. “So of course in the second and third round you’re probably going to have a greater option of better players, and I don’t think it’s a big drop off as far as talent.”
6 – Williams trade doesn’t rule out taking WR
Whaley on trade for WR Mike Williams: "For a 6th round pick, can you get a player like him (in the draft)? It was a no-brainer."— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 25, 2014
“Sometimes you have to bring in a dimension that you don’t have and a size receiver is a dimension that we don’t have,” said Whaley.
7 – Prepping for the copycats
“You need a right tackle nowadays as athletic as your left tackle,” said Whaley. “That’s why we feel these (top tackles) are interchangeable and we’re excited about the depth at the position.”
8 – Plenty of ‘do it all’ running backs
“I think the strength of the running backs is deep this year,” said Fisher. “You have all different types of sizes. You have big guys, fast guys, short guys, but it’s the depth of the running backs in this draft that’s really good. And I think most of these guys are ‘do it all’ guys.”
9 – Depth at defensive end and linebacker needed
“With the switch to the 4-3 we could use more defensive end depth, but we signed some guys that are unproven so we’re excited and we just have to wait and see there. Linebacker, we’re going to probably get some depth.”
10 – Byrd void likely to be filled in-house
“We believe in the guys we have on campus,” said Whaley. “(Jonathan) Meeks and (Da’Norris) Searcy and Duke Williams. We think it’s time for one of those guys to step up.”
Veteran free agent signing