Being a life-long Buffalo Bills fan, I'm quite accustomed to coming to their defense. This year is no different.
Below is a response I have written to someone who doesn’t seem to like Buffalo's first two picks.
I, however, along with many other fans, am VERY happy with how everything played out and in this response, I try to explain why:
"As far as the Bills two first-round picks are concerned, I'm going to respectfully disagree with you. Aaron Maybin has the quickest first step of any of the DE's drafted this weekend, and as the Bills are looking for an "immediate impact player", due to having one of the worst pass rushes last year, I think he can "fit the Bill", so to speak.
He may only be a situational player at first, but add some weight and experience to his unquestionable talent paired with Aaron Schoebel, and he could be exactly what they are looking for.
As far as Eric Wood, some may call him a reach, but let's not forget that Peter King was told that the Patriots also loved him and might have scooped him up just a few picks later.
As he was rated very high on the Bills grading charts as far as offensive lineman were concerned, and being that the Browns chose Alex Mack just a few picks earlier, the Bills knew it was now or never. As a result, they acquired an extremely tough player with a mean streak (which is a quality they regarded highly after the last couple of losing seasons in which the roster contained too many "nice guys") who will almost surely be a starter.
Whether they move him over to LG and Langston Walker over to RG remains to be seen, but either way, he WILL start and contribute early in strengthening up the O-Line.
Also, as far as replacing Jason Peters, the Bills may believe that they already have the talent on their roster in order to this. And don't forget about the few free agents that may still be available to them. This problem will be addressed, rest assured, and I think everyone fails to see what is truly going on. No, this position has not been forgotten about.
Within the first two picks, they received quality players, one who will start right away and the other who can eventually start but will be contributing in certain situations.
The Bills did a good job in addressing their two most pressing needs and followed up nicely in the rest of the draft by choosing players such as Byrd and Shawn Nelson, a TE who was the true steal of the draft. Only time will tell if these picks pan out the way everyone wants them to, but on paper, they sure look good to me."
And that is why I personally have no bones to pick regarding the Bills first round selections.
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