As the 2011 NFL Draft comes closer by the day, the rumors get hotter, and in some cases, more strange and confusing.
I find myself stepping away from the first round and starting to look at the second round. While the names may lack the glamour and recognition factor of those from the first night, it is worth remembering that second-round picks are very nearly as important as those in the first round, especially if that team is the Buffalo Bills.
With the 34th pick overall, the second pick of the second round is going to be critical for the Bills. While I wouldn't label it to be as much of a "must hit" as the third pick overall, for a team with the number of needs Buffalo has, I don't consider it to be a great deal less important.
Great players can be had with second-round picks. I'm sure long-time Bills fans will immediately recall Thurman Thomas being a second-round pick. I'm sure many of you can name other greats who were second-round picks.
But that digresses. The main point I seek to make is that not only can the Bills can find some great picks out there in the second round, but they have to.
To that end, I want to present five names who are projected as second-round or top 50 players who could be available for the Bills. While I realize this pick could represent any position, since I have long been adamant here that the defense is in severe disrepair and absolutely has to be addressed, I've concentrated on players along the defensive line.
Some names you'll know, some you may not, but I hope you find all of them interesting and worthy of discussion.