“Number Nine, Number Nine.” As the draft approaches I just cannot seem to get that phrase from the Beatles out of my head. What are the Bills going to do at number nine?
Last year the Bills handled the first round perfectly or should I say the perfect scenario fell to them. If you remember Tavon Austin was on the board and there was no doubt that the Jets were going to take him following the pick by the Bills. The Bills quickly traded the pick to St. Louis and killed two birds with one stone. They added a second round pick and the Jets did not get Austin.
The brain trust had already determined the person they were going to pick and determined he would be available at 16. They got their man in EJ Manuel and were able to add an extra second rounder. Could a perfect scenario fall to the Bills again? I would love to add another second rounder again. Last year it garnered Robert Woods and Kiko Alonso. If three quality starters could be added again this year, what a difference we could see in this team.
All drafts are important, but for a team that struggles to bring in big name free agents or keep their own, the draft is vital. The team did a great job last draft, but need to do it again. We see how missing on a first rounder can set a team back, we have seen this for the last 14 seasons the Bills have sat home and watched the playoffs.
This year more than any I am excited about the direction of this team. Although free agency was underwhelming to say the least, I really did not expect any more than what took place. It is the nature of free agents and the city of Buffalo. Doug Marrone is setting out to change that and the small steps he has taken are definitely in the right direction. I look forward to May to see if that perfect storm arises for the Buffalo Bills again. Until then, I will sit back and listen to the White Album over and over….
What do you think Buffalo? If the opportunity presented itself, is it worth it to trade down?