“You’re just looking for good players. Free agency is probably where you can say, ‘Hey, we’ll spend a little more here and we’ll fill this here. The draft is more of a long-term approach. You’re drafting a guy in the first round that you would hope you’re, at least, picking up their fifth-year option and you’ve got him for five years. So you’re not looking for a short term fix.” – Brandon Beane
Why do I feel that the Buffalo Bills can be playoff contenders for the next decade or more? Proclaiming that after showing they are capable of a horrible 17 year year playoff drought? Losing in so many ways? With so many different coaches hired by so many different executives? Losing with multiple owners? There were so many free agent signings. So many “future quarterbacks”? So many quarterbacks who were supposed to be the bridge with potential to sneak out a wildcard berth. First round draft picks from all over the board. The Bills certainly found ways to lose ball games. They found ways to end seasons. They actually found ways to not be relevant.
“If the quarterback throws the ball in the end-zone and the wide receiver catches it, it’s a touchdown.” – John Madden
I can supply three reasons that the Bills are going to be competing for division titles and conference championships for years to come.
1.) Sean McDermott
2.) Brandon Beane
3.) Josh Allen
“Is simplicity best? Or simply the easiest?” – Depeche Mode
The only reason for the order of the three key positions on the Bills is simply the order in which they arrived at One Bills Drive.
“There’s no substitute for speed. I think we do have speed on the offense and our team, but I don’t think you ever turn down speed. So, we’re always going to look to add good players, whether it’s a speed player or other types of good players to our offense, in this case, or our defense or special teams. I think you’ve seen the value of speed and what it can do.” – Sean McDermott
Even though the Bills do very little punting these days, it is still an important part of the game. They have the luxury of not having an awful lot of roster spots for the taking and used a sixth round pick on punter Matt Araiza out of San Diego State.
“We will not build our offensive game plans around our punter… We hope we don’t major in punting.” – Rex Ryan
For those who witnessed some of the Bills’ punting last season, that in itself should silence those who disagree with drafting that position. He is known as the Punt God.
“And I was touched by the hand of God. Never knew it. But of course I was.” – New Order
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:
Round 1: Buffalo gave up a fourth round draft pick to move up a couple of spots to number 23 and grabbed Kaiir Elam, cornerback out of Florida. He stands at 6’2”, weighing 191 pounds. He certainly could be a day one starter on the number one rated defense in the NFL.
Round 2: At number 63, the Buffalo Bills secured the services of James Cook, RB, Georgia. He is a fantastic receiver, topping things off with 4.4 speed.
Round 3: McBeane snagged LB Terrel Bernard out of Baylor. Some question why they did not continue trading back to grab him. Others question his size. When you have a team that is built solid in most positions, drafting for pure depth is where you find yourself late in the third round. Many of these selections will be questioned by those who “question” for a living. Regardless, with the departure of AJ Klein, Bernard sits nicely behind Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano.
Round 5: Boise State University provided Buffalo a chance to select more wide receiver talent, landing Khalil Shakir at number 148.