2011 NFL Draft Recap: Buffalo Bills Were Clearly Unprepared and Had a Bad Draft
After making an obvious choice with the third selection in Marcell Dareus, the 2011 NFL Draft spiraled out of control for the Buffalo Bills.
Coming into the draft, the Bills had many needs and would have been well-served to fill a few with their many selections.
The Bills could have used a future quarterback, a physical third receiver, a tight end, an offensive tackle, a run-stopping five-technique defensive end, and a pass-rushing linebacker.
The Bills ended the draft with approximately one of those many needs filled.
Marcell Dareus will be a 10-year starter as a five-technique defensive end, and the lineman excels at stopping the run.
The Bills then went on to make a very questionable pick with Aaron Williams at 34.
Williams would be a good fit in many places, but certainly not in Buffalo, where the pecking order in the secondary has been established.
The Texas product is a safety playing cornerback, and while it would be nice to pair someone talented with Jairus Byrd, the Bills put a lot of front-line issues on the backburner with their second-round pick.
This pick, as well as the entire rest of the draft, shows that Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey didn't do their homework during draft season, and the team will suffer because of it.
After a poor draft last year, the Bills needed a strong draft class in 2011 to bolster the roster in a loaded AFC East.
If Chan Gailey truly didn't feel that the future quarterback of the Bills was in this draft, I will leave the grizzled coach to his convictions, but the draft was not lacking at many of the other positions that the Bills needed.
In the third round, the Bills selected Kelvin Sheppard, an inside linebacker, despite having Paul Poszluszny there already.
Drafting an secondary inside linebacker for a 3-4 defense is not the most sound of picks when potential starters are available.
I may just be bitter that the Bills passed on Ryan Mallett, but the team also passed on talented players like Rob Housler, Austin Pettis, and Jah Reid, three players of need.
The Bills clearly had no plan, erratically drafting from different positional groups, and as such, the Bills are right where they were before the draft, except with a good defensive end.
For a team that picked at the beginning of each round, that's not something to be proud of.
The Bills ended with two defensive linemen (one being a seventh-round, 400-pounder who is a good candidate to eat himself out of a training camp invite).
The team also got three defensive backs (no need in the secondary for the Bills), two inside linebackers (no immediate need there either), a running back (Johnny White from UNC, no clear spot for this player on the roster), and a fourth-round, irrelevant offensive lineman.
There will be fans of Johnny White and Chris Hairston and whoever else the Bills wasted their picks on that will badmouth the article in the comments section below, but the truth is that the Bills underachieved in the draft last year and had no problem underachieving again this year by reaching with every pick after the first round.
The Bills failed to address any immediate needs on the team, and have stunted the team's growth from the end of 2010.
There will be no pass-rush in 2011, the wide-receiving corps will again struggle to get open for Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the line will underachieve again.
Underachieving is seeming to become a recurring theme with the Bills.
The team is talented, but they underachieve.
It would only make sense that management would underachieve, too.
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