When Doug Marrone was announced as the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills, everyone’s minds jumped to Ryan Nassib as a potential draft pick. However, Nassib isn’t the only former member of the Syracuse Orange that is going to be drafted this year.
Earlier this off-season offensive tackle Justin Pugh announced that he would be forgoing his final year of eligibility to head to the NFL. Pugh, an all-Big East player, started every game he played for the Orange last season protecting Ryan Nassib.
The 6’6″ lineman has been participating in the Senior Bowl this week, and has made some scouts believe that he would fit in better at the guard position in the NFL. He has the speed and athleticism to succeed, but may lack the strength to convince teams to use a high pick on him. Scouts believe he lacks the length to be a solid NFL left tackle.
For most, he’s projected to be about the tenth best offensive lineman available. For the first time in a while, however, offensive line isn’t a dire need for the Bills. Cordy Glenn had a solid rookie season at left tackle alongside Eric Wood and Andy Levitre, who have developed into the cornerstones of the line.
That being said, the team does lack line depth. Pugh is a player that Marrone is familiar with, and if he drops to the third our fourth round it could make sense for the Bills to select him.
I’ll leave you with Pugh’s game highlights from their game against the Pittsburgh Panthers. For identification purposes he wears number #67.