Optimism is the one of the only things that Bills fans have. We don’t have a recent division title. We don’t have recent winning record. We have optimism that things are going to get better for Western New York’s pro football team. We can be optimistic about our ground game; which includes two very capable running backs. A wide receiver who’s on field performance is almost as good as what he posts on twitter. A defensive front that includes a former pro-bower (Kyle Williams), a top 5 draft pick (Marcell Darius), and top tiered linebacker/defensive end (Mario Williams).
Add E.J. Manual to an optimistic future for the Buffalo Bills. He’s a capable quarterback with a strong arm, accurate down the field presence, and strong pocket awareness. What’s the kicker? The Bills didn’t have to use the number eight pick on him. Granted, Tavon Austin would have looked nice opposite Stevie Johnson, but Nix and company knew that the most pressing need was quarterback.
What does E.J. manual at 16 get you? Not only the attributes mentioned above, but an additional 2nd round draft pick, moving up in the 3rd round, and a seventh round draft pick. Remember, Stevie Johnson was a seventh round selection.
Let’s face it, if the Bills decided to draft a quarterback at number eight, the thought would have been almost laughable. Call me crazy, but isn’t Ryan Nassib a younger more hyped Ryan Fitzpatrick? A guy who doesn’t have a strong arm, isn’t accurate down field, and doesn’t know how to slide. The thought of the Bills drafting Nassib in the first round was enough for me wail on a punching bag.
Buddy, thank you for sparing my anxiety and knuckles. Not only did you manage to draft a quality quarterback in the first round, but managed to bolster the Bills amount of draft picks. Manti T’eo is still on the board, and would help the Bills major needs at linebacker. How about Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter or USC’s Robert Woods? Maybe they fills the holes left at guard with Kentucky’s Larry Waterford?
Fact: Buddy Nix and company used their first round pick wisely, and were able to acquire additional draft picks by trading down. Call me a optimist, but at this point Nix and company deserve an “A.”