With the 41st pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select, with their second pick …
Torrell Troup, DT, University of Central Florida
Reaction? Ho-hum. Well, at least it is not shock and appall. This time Nix decided to go with need. There was no question that trying to make the transition to a 3-4 defense that the Bills would need a solid nose tackle. The Bills were without question the league’s worst defense against the run. If they hope to improve this year keeping opponents’ ground game under control has to be a top priority.
We’ll just have to see if Troup is able to fill that hole. Literally. His coach at UCF, George O’Leary calls his work-ethic “contagious” and a “quiet” leader. At 6’2″ and 314 pounds, Troup played a key role last year in a defense that finished fourth in the nation by allowing only 82.5 yards rushing per game last season. Individually, Troup’s stats were a bit underwhelming; he finished with 35 tackles and only two sacks in 13 games as a senior last season.
By opting to take a DT with their second pick, the Buffalo Bills passed on Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen who was drafted 48th overall by the Carolina Panthers. Personally, I would have loved to have seen Clausen snatched up by the Bills. It seems as though Buffalo still thinks that Trent “Check” Edwards, still has what it takes. Whether he actually does or not, I’ll leave up to you.