NFL Draft Grades 2010: Buffalo Bills Report Card

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NFL Draft Grades 2010: Buffalo Bills Report Card
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The 2010 NFL Draft is officially in the books, and the Buffalo Bills have nine new additions to their team.

Buffalo made some decisions during the three-day event that left fans scratching their heads, and some that left them pounding their heads against a wall.

But there were also a couple quality picks made that could turn out quite well for the Bills. Here are my pick-by-pick grades for each of Buffalo's nine draft choices from the past three days:

Round one, pick No. 9 - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

C.J. Spiller is a good running back with electrifying return skills and big-play ability. The only problem is, Buffalo already has an electrifying return man (Leodis McKelvin) and two capable running backs (Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch).

With needs at quarterback, left tackle and nose tackle, the Bills did not even explore any trading down possibilities (their pick was at the podium within three minutes) and passed on the likes of Anthony Davis, Bryan Bulaga, Dan Williams and Jimmy Clausen to instead spend a luxury pick on a situational running back and return man.

This pick was prime evidence as to why Buffalo has had seven straight losing seasons; they simply do not understand how to put a winning team on the field.

Pick grade: F

Round two, pick No. 41 - Torell Troup, NT, Central Florida

What luck! What fortune! Pick No. 41 rolls around, and Jimmy Clausen, Charles Brown and Colt McCoy are all still on the board! And the Bills pick... Torell Troup?

Now, do not misinterpret this as a knock on Troup's game - he is a solid player. But the value and need here simply do not match up. Two potential franchise quarterbacks and an ultra-athletic and highly regarded left tackle with potential through the roof are all available, and instead the pick is a nose tackle who arguably was not even the best at his position still on the board with Terrence Cody also available.

When asked about why Buffalo passed on Clausen, McCoy and Brown in favor of Troup , new Bills GM Buddy Nix offered this quote:

"We got alotta needs guys. We got... three quarterbacks that [have] talent."

Wow. This quote is specifically interesting because it really is an indictment of Buffalo's first selection. With two very talented running backs on the roster - one of the two has reached the 1,000-yard mark each of the past three seasons, the Bills added C.J. Spiller.

So, the math from Nix's statement looks something like this:

Trent Edwards + Ryan Fitzpatrick + Brian Brohm > Marshawn Lynch + Fred Jackson

What a treat to have a guy who thinks like this running the Buffalo franchise.

Pick grade: C+

Round three, pick No. 72 - Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State

Alex Carrington is a talented prospect, and a great fit as a defensive end in the Bills' new 3-4 scheme. However, watching Colt McCoy fall into your lap and instead spending spending your pick on a rotational defensive end is not a recipe for success.

Carrington will be a good player, but Buffalo could have landed someone with an exponentially larger impact on the franchise with this pick.

Pick grade: B

Round four, pick No. 107 - Marcus Easley, WR, Connecticut

This pick kicked off Buffalo's third day of the draft, and it was a day of redemption for the Bills brass.

Marcus Easley was something of a one-year wonder for the Huskies, not starting a game until the fourth game of his senior season. However, his physical tools are undeniable, standing at 6-3 210lbs and timed by Buffalo's staff as running a 4.40 forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

Easley is a bit of a project, but ultimately offers potential to be a long-term option opposite Lee Evans.

Pick grade: B

Round five, pick No. 140 - Ed Wang, OT, Virginia Tech

This pick has more significance than simply making Ed Wang the 140th selection of the 2010 NFL Draft. With this pick, Wang will become the first player of full Chinese descent to play in the NFL.

In addition to having a great story, Wang also offers great athleticism at the left tackle position as a converted tight end.

Wang needs some development - as most fifth-round picks do - but, just like Marcus Easley, offers long-term potential as a future starter at left tackle.

Pick grade: A

Round six, pick No. 178 - Arthur Moats, LB, James Madison

The Arthur Moats pick made more sense to me prior to hearing Bills College Scout Tom Roth's evaluation.

Moats played defensive end at James Madison, and is a highly athletic player who projects well as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

However, that is not where he will be playing.

Roth revealed in his evaluation that the Bills plan to use Moats as an inside linebacker in their scheme, which is somewhat baffling. Making the leap from college defensive end to NFL outside linebacker is challenging enough, but at least there are similarities in terms of rushing the passer. But moving from end to inside linebacker? It is an entirely different game.

Moats does offer prototypical size for an inside linebacker in the 3-4 at 6-foot 246 lbs, but his lack of experience at any position relevant to inside linebacker is very troubling. The coaching staff seems to think he will do fine, but that is a big leap to make.

Pick grade: C

Round six, pick No. 192 - Danny Batten, LB, South Dakota State

Danny Batten, like Moats, played defensive end in college. He will making the more traditional move from end to outside linebacker in Buffalo's 3-4.

Batten was named to the AP All-America team his senior season at South Dakota State, and is a big hitter who offers good size at 6-4 250 lbs.

This pick was likely made in preparation for the departure of Aaron Schobel, whether it be this offseason or next.

Pick grade: B

Round seven, pick No. 209 - Levi Brown, QB, Troy

The Bills finally grabbed a quarterback in the final round of the draft, and Levi Brown is an intriguing prospect for them.

Brown was named the Sun Belt conference player of the year this past season, and is an athletic and mobile quarterback, which is what new head coach Chan Gailey has had success working with in the past.

Brown obviously will not be pushing anyone for a starting job right away, but could develop into a solid backup down the road or possibly even offer starting potential one day.

Pick grade: A

Round seven, pick No. 216 - Kyle Calloway, OT, Iowa

Kyle Calloway should fit in perfectly on the Bills. He is versed in multiple positions, having played left tackle, right tackle and right guard in his career, though predominantly playing at right tackle.

Calloway's versatility will make him a valuable reserve on the line who might ultimately push for a starting job on the right side a few years down the road.

Pick grade: A

Ultimately, only time will tell how good (or bad) this draft class will be. But based on initial analysis, this is how these selections grade out.

Overall, the last day saved this draft from going down as a massive disappointment.

Overall grade: C

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