Big news out of Denver as it is being reported that Champ Bailey has been inked to a four year contract extension with the Broncos. While it was widely speculated that Bailey would test the free agent waters, last week's news that the Broncos are leaning towards Da'Quan Bowers should have been the first indication of this deal.
Being touted as the best cornerback prospect in the past decade, Patrick Peterson would have made plenty of sense for the Broncos with the 2nd overall selection in this April's National Football League Draft. Yet, Head Coach John Fox has stated that a switch back to the 4-3 defense will happen over the course of next season. This switch caused rumors that the Broncos would end up taking either Da'Quan Bowers or Nick Fairley with their first pick.
Now what does the mean for the Buffalo Bills?
It means that Patrick Peterson will be available with the 3rd overall selection, without a doubt. However, it appears that both Nick Fairley and/or Da'Quan Bowers will be off the board. This would mean that both of the "no-brainer" defensive line prospects are off the board, leaving only a few seemingly level headed options at their current slot. These players would include:
- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
- Von Miller, 3-4 OLB, Texas A
- A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
- Marcell Dareus, 3-4 DE, Alabama
- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
While these players may have been in the list all along, they seem to be solidified with the news of Champ Bailey's deal. Now, whether or not these five prospects remain options for the Buffalo Bills over the next two months is just something we'll have to keep on monitoring.