Here I will look at the potential use of the Bills' first three picks in the upcoming draft, as well as other potential choices in those same slots.
No. 11—Andre Smith OT (Alabama)
Smith has been a starter and solid contributor for the Crimson Tide since his freshman year. Going into the end of the season Smith was viewed by most as the best tackle prospect in the draft, but has slid since then for multiple reasons.
He didn't play in Alabama's Sugar Bowl loss to Utah due to violating team rules by contacting an agent. Smith also appeared at the NFL Combine looking out of shape and flabby. He has subsequently been passed on draft boards by Baylor's Jason Smith and Virginia's Eugene Monroe.
Other potential choice
Given the high-likelihood that someone may take a chance on Smith prior to the Bills' selection, Michael Oher OT (Mississippi) is another highly ranked SEC tackle who hopefully would be able to step into the slot vacated by Peters.
No. 28—Larry English DE/OLB (Northern Illinois)
English was extremely productive when healthy during his career at Northern Illinois. He showed he could still change the game, even when playing against top competition. At 6'2" 255 lbs. English can immediately contribute to the Bills anemic pass rush and should be able to develop into either a very good OLB in the Bills 4-3 scheme.
Other potential choices
If any of these players are available the Bills would immediately snatch them up: Everette Brown DE/OLB (Florida St.), Tyson Jackson DE (LSU), Robert Ayers DE (Tennessee).
No. 11—Jared Cook TE (South Carolina)
Cook, a converted WR, is the pass-catching TE the Bills desperately need. At 6'5" 250 lbs. he lacks the bulk necessary to be an effective in-line blocker in the NFL.
What he does possess is sub 4.5 40 speed, great hands, and ball recognition skills that will immediately allow him to stretch defenses in the seams as well as serve as a large safety valve when Trent Edwards gets into trouble.
Other potential choices
In the unlikely scenario Cook is already taken, the Bills may try to grab one of the two top centers in the draft Alex Mack (Cal) or Max Unger (Oregon) if either one is still on the board.
If they are both gone then the Bills will be forced to use the pick on one of the other highly ranked tight ends in the draft such as Shawn Nelson (Southern Miss.), James Casey (Rice), or Chase Coffman (Missouri).
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