This photo depicts not only the other seven offensive lineman to join rookie Eric Wood on the Injured Reserve this season, but the faces of fans who watched the line allow Trent Edwards to be injured three times, and a scary moment for Ryan Fitzpatrick as well.
Last year Buffalo drafted two solid guards in Andy Levitre and Eric Wood, which led to high hopes for the season. Those hopes were quickly diminished due to a spell of injuries cast on the squad that wouldn't be wished on an enemy.
Solidifying the struggling offensive line will be a focal point for the Buffalo front office, but should they draft another young talent, or should they go after a proven tackle to protect the quarterbacks blind side?
In addition to Eric Wood and Andy Levitre, the Bills were hoping for Tackle Brad Butler, the Bills' 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft to live up to his potential.
When Butler went down, the Bills signed Jamon Meredith off the Green Bay Packers practice squad and was starting the next week against the New York Jets.
Meredith showed promise for a young tackle thrown into a new scheme, but neither Meredith or Butler seem to have the strength or footwork to be a solid bookend that can be trusted to protect whoever will be under center; especially if it is a young Quarterback.
A scenario that could be productive as well as cost efficient moves Levitre or Wood to Center, and Butler or Meredith moving to Guard. This would keep experience on the line, while still allowing room for a solid Tackle to join them.
When Buffalo selected Aaron Maybin with the 11th overall pick in last year's draft over Michael Oher, fans were outraged. The lack of presence of a tackle was evident, leading Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick to be running for their lives each Sunday.
This year, Buffalo has the No. 9 overall pick in a draft stockpiled with talent at the offensive line position. Russell Okung is obviously at the top of most fans wishlists, but he will be gone in the top five.
A guy I really like is Oklahoma's Trent Williams. He played his first season at left tackle and looked strong. He stands at 6'5 and weighs 305 lbs. He is a strong run blocker now, and has decent skills protecting the pass.
Williams' stock may drop due to his countless false start penalties, (something Bills fans are all too familiar with!) but could be developed in to a top tier tackle at either side with the right coaching.
With development, he can be a solid tackle fit to hold down the line.
Another guy I really like is Anthony Davis out of Rutgers. The guy is a monster, and as a UCF student, I watched him almost single-handedly destroy the UCF Knights' defensive line.
Davis has HUGE upside, and may drop in the draft due to scouts questioning his immediate ability. The guy is 6'6, weighs 325 lbs, and is strong and fast. With development, he can become an elite tackle in the league.
You may not have heard much about Charles Brown from USC, but that is mainly due to the surplus of talent at the tackle position in this year's NFL Draft. Brown was a cornerstone of the Trojan offensive line, and may fall to the No. 41 spot Buffalo has in the second round.
At 6'6, Brown has the height to compete with the stronger defensive ends, but he weighs only 285 lbs, which is very small for the position. If he puts on another 20-35 lbs over the course of a season or two, he can emerge as one of the biggest steals in the draft.
His agility is unbelievable, and is good against the blitz. He protected a true freshman quarterback this season, and protected him from getting killed in one of the premier conferences in the NCAA,
The Bills are usually silent during free agency, with the exception of bringing in Terrell Owens last year, but why gamble on a rookie, when you can pay the same amount to a proven starter?
Baltimore's Jared Gaither is a Free Agent this offseason, and Buddy Nix should really take a look at him. Gaither is a restricted free agent, but with the emergence of rookie Michael Oher, he may become expendable.
Buffalo can compensate with the draft picks they would have used on a tackle anyway.
Logan Mankins of the New England Patriots also becomes a restricted free agent in the offseason, and with rumors speculating that the Pats are interested in aquiring Julius Peppers and/or Anquan Boldin, they may let Mankins walk to clear cap room for them. Mankins is a young Pro Bowler, with premier strength.
Either of these two additions would be amazing for the team. Both have proven that they can protect the pass as well as create holes for running backs. Both have been key members of playoff teams and if either are available, I would be ecstatic to have them.
The Bills are only a few pieces away from being dominant in not only the AFC East, but the NFL as well. What do you think Buffalo should do to address the need at Offensive Tackle?
Drafting a prospect puts Buffalo in yet another boom or bust situation, but picking up Logan Mankins or Jared Gaither off the free agency market could quickly terminate the need for offensive lineman, and would allow the Bills to pursue another position player of better talent than they would initially get.