For the Buffalo Bills, the 2010 NFL Draft is a very important one. The Bills are entering a new regime, with a new GM, Buddy Nix, and a new head coach in Chan Gailey. Their roster in shambles, with very little depth, Buffalo needs to make the most out of the draft this year if they hope to compete in the highly talented AFC East division.
The 2009 Draft was a decent one for Buffalo, as they drafted DE/OLB Aaron Maybin with the No. 11 overall pick, however he was barely on the field last season.
Furthermore, they drafted two interior linemen in Eric Wood, whose season was cut short due to injury, and Andy Levitre.
They also selected FS Jairus Byrd out of Oregon, who was a ballhawk, and was named to the Pro Bowl after recording nine interceptions on the year, and TE Shawn Nelson, who showed promise early in the season, but was never able to stay consistent after being plagued by the injury bug that haunted the team.
This year, Buffalo is changing to a 3-4 defensive scheme under the new Defensive Coordinator, George Edwards, and are in the hunt for the franchise quarterback that is so coveted in the NFL.
Here are my choices for the best, worst, and most likely choices for each of the Bills draft picks for this year.
Round One, No. 9 Overall
Best Case: OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
With the No. 1 rated tackle, Russell Okung, most likely off the board, the Bills may have a chance at grabbing the quickly rising tackle from Iowa in Bulaga. However, many scouts see Bulaga as a right tackle, but he can be sufficient for this season.
Worst Case: DT Dan Williams, Tennessee
Williams is quickly rising up many draft boards, and if the quality tackles are off the board when it comes time for the Bills selection, they may opt to draft this defensive lineman to man the traditional nose tackle position that Buffalo needs.
Most Likely: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
Early in the season, Williams was the No. 1 or No. 2 rated tackle in the nation, depending on who's boards you look at, but after a shaky transition from right to left tackle, his stock may have dropped him to where the Bills could pick him up. Williams is a big guy, at 6'5" and 320, and would likely be a good fit at left tackle, next to Eric Wood.
Round Two: No. 41 Overall
Best Case: DT/DE Jared Odrick, Penn State
Jared Odrick would be a perfect fit for a defensive end in Buffalo. A playmaker and workhorse at 6'5" and 306, he could be the dominating and disruptive pass rusher Buffalo needs up front.
Worst Case: OT Jason Fox, Miami
If Buffalo misses out on the top tackles, they may have to settle for Fox, out of "The U." At 6'7" he is huge , and has long arms that is needed to gain leverage at the position.
Most Likely: NT Terrence Cody, Alabama
Terrence Cody has dropped significant weight, and his stock is rising quickly. Buffalo grabs this mountain as the prototypical nose tackle they need to operate the 3-4 scheme.
Round Three, No. 73 Overall
Best Case: OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn State
Bowman is a first round talent, but is slipping fast due to questions regarding his work ethic. If he falls this far, he'd be a great successor to Schobel at the outside position, and could also light a fire under Aaron Maybin to compete.
Worst Case: WR Carlton Mitchell, South Florida
If the prospects Buffalo wants aren't on the board, they get great value at a great price in Mitchell. At 6'4", 215 he runs a 4.4, and would be a solid No. 2 receiver, allowing Lee Evans more man to man coverage.
Most Likely: Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
Buffalo finds a quarterback with a strong arm, and is conditioned for the cold weather. He is a solid prospect, and after a year of development, could become the Bills' franchise quarterback.