NFL Draft: Why Left Tackle Is Not as Big of a Need for Buffalo as You Think

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NFL Draft: Why Left Tackle Is Not as Big of a Need for Buffalo as You Think
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Bills' offensive tackle Chris Hairston

ESPN and other "experts" will have you believe that the Bills are in desperate need of a left tackle because they lost Demetress Bell in free agency. Well, I am here to tell you that is false.

Bell did play solid for Buffalo until he got injured, but that's just the thing. Bell only played in seven games for Buffalo last season.

Rookie Chris Hairston came in and played just about as well as Bell did. Maybe he was a tad worse but not enough to complain about, and he was a rookie. Is Chris Hairston a future All-Pro left tackle? I don't know, but Head Coach Chan Gailey and General Manager Buddy Nix seem to like him a lot.

Don't believe me? Listen to any interviews in which they're asked about him.

Another reason why offensive tackle is not needed in the first round is the style of offense Chan Gailey runs. Gailey's offense is a quick, one-read-and-throw-it offense.

The idea is to run shorter patterns with good route-runners. The quarterback's job is generally to take a three-step drop, make his read and throw it. This offense was the main reason Ryan Fitzpatrick was rarely sacked last year.

Could the Bills use an upgrade at left tackle? Sure, they absolutely need more depth at the position, and that's for certain.

Will they take a left tackle?

Nobody knows, but probably not. Buddy Nix keeps saying how deep this draft is with offensive tackles. One would have to think that using the 41st pick on a tackle would be much more reasonable, but do not be surprised if a tackle is not taken until the third round for Buffalo.

With such glaring holes at cornerback and wide receiver, the Bills will probable use first- and second-round picks on those positions.

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