It feels like this off-season has been all about the quarterback. However, that is obviously not the only hole that the Bills have going into this season’s draft. Its starting to look like solving one of the team’s other problems might make more sense when it comes to this year’s first round pick.
The Bills have released three players on the defensive side of the ball already this off-season, including safety George Wilson, linebacker Nick Barnett, and cornerback Terrence McGee. The Bills were a historically bad defense at points last season, and the organization decided that it was time for some turnover. I doubt many would argue with that.
However, the Bills did release players in Barnett and Wilson that were starters. Barnett was a member of a linebacking core that needs major retooling, and he was arguably the best of the group. With parting ways with Wilson, the Bills are left with two young safeties in Da’Norris Searcy and Ron Brooks. Now a questionable defense has some even more questionable players.
You combine this with the increasing feeling that the quarterbacks just aren’t up to par this season and it seems like defense is the way to go this year. Its thought that many of the quarterbacks, if not taken by the Bills early, could drop into that second round position. So, it isn’t like the Bills would have no options later on.
When it comes down to it, a guy like Jarvis Jones could be the kind of player that really makes a difference on this team. It may not be the flashiest pick, but likely would be the best player available at a need position. As much as we’d all love a quarterback, it just doesn’t seem like it will be worth setting the team back with a player that isn’t deserving of a first round pick.
That being said, a lot can change before April.