The 2013 NFL draft was a trial run for rookie general manager Doug Whaley, as he was still under the tutelage of then-GM Buddy Nix. After another 6-10 season, which results in another top-10 selection, Whaley will be in full control of the franchise's projected turnaround for the first time.
The Buffalo Bills did great things in the draft a season ago, but the first round continues to be a thorn in their side. Several first-rounders have gone on to respectable careers for other teams like Marshawn Lynch and Donte Whiter, but very few high picks during the 14-year playoff drought have made the team any better.
However, the Bills have done well at finding talent in the middle rounds of the draft. Jairus Byrd, Kyle Williams and Stevie Johnson were all players who slipped through the over-evaluation of the draft and have found high-level success in Orchard Park, N.Y. As a team that rarely gets the slam dunk in free agency, Buffalo's best chance of a '90s-revival period is building a foundation through the college draft.
Offensive line and skill players continue to be a huge needs for a team that sputtered in EJ Manuel's first year at the helm. Linebacker starters and secondary depth is of concern as well.
While the actual draft rarely works out the way even the smartest of analysts predicts it will, let's take a look at the perfect situation in each round for the Bills.