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Buffalo Bills Get the Steal of the Draft

As I sit recovering from knee surgery in my living room, I now have the time to look over all the draft picks from the 2014 NFL draft.  What I came up with are three picks that I consider to be the biggest ‘steals of the draft.’

My third biggest steal goes to the Oakland Raiders with the fifth selection. Khalil Mack was on top of many draft boards and I thought the Buffalo Bills had moved up to the number four selection to get him.  No team can be faulted for any of the first four selections, but the Raiders truly fell into a great linebacker at number five.   I wonder how many offers the Raiders rightfully turned down to select him.

My second biggest steal goes to the Tennessee Titans.  The Titans traded up with the Washington Redskins for pick 178 and took quarterback Zach Mettenberger.  I have not hidden my feelings on Mettenberger, but even if you do not see the value in him personally, you have to see the value of a team like Tennessee grabbing him in the sixth round.  Watching him at rookie camp zipping the ball through cross-winds was amazing, and he isn’t even at full strength yet.  This is a great pick for the Titans and Mettenberger has every opportunity to be the starter for this team.  The ball is definitely in his court.

My biggest steal of the draft belongs to the Buffalo Bills.  This new regime is making a name for itself by giving second chances. Kiko Alonso was a high risk pick that paid great dividends. The trade for Mike Williams has that type of potential too. But the biggest steal of the 2014 draft should be Seantrel Henderson. With the 237th selection, the Bills may have found a gem.  If Henderson can stay out of trouble and show he is committed, he could be an anchor for the offensive line for years to come.

Sometimes it is frustrating for those of us that work 9 to 5 to see someone with Henderson’s ability and opportunity just throw it all away.  I hope Henderson sees how fortunate he is that Doug Marrone is willing to give him one more chance; not only for Henderson’s sake, but I think he makes the team much better. I will be cheering him on. If Henderson plays to his potential helping keep EJ Manuel upright, he is far and away the steal of the draft.  First round talent picked in the seventh round.  NOW THAT IS A STEAL!

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  • NWBill

    Totally agree with you, Andrew! If Henderson gets his act together, and lets himself get coached right …he’s going to be one of the highlight stories of the year. I hope he has enough people in his life right now telling him, “You have FIRST round talent, and this is the only team that believed in you enough to give you a shot. Don’t let yourself, or them, down!”

    Zach Mettenberger, I thought, has the best arm of any QB I saw in this years’ draft. Arm strength, beautiful touch on intermediate and long passes, superior mobility and footwork …and a feel for how to lead WRs open for YAC. Tennessee made a smart choice; hopefully, Mettenberger can recover fully from his injuries – and, when that happens, I’m sure that the Titans will make him the starter. You don’t sit a kid like that on the bench, or running scout teams in practice.

    Would have been nice to get Mack, but unless Buffalo could’ve managed to grab the #1 pick – giving them ALL options – I was sure Mack would be gone before Buffalo’s time to pick. It would have been a VERY difficult choice for them to make; Mack, or Watkins. At this point, with the players on defense this team has …I would have taken Watkins. Bigger need for Buffalo, which has now been filled spectacularly. I’m also glad they traded Stevie away, too; one of my first thoughts after Buffalo took Watkins was, “I hope they don’t let Stevie get in this kid’s head!” Apparently, someone else felt the same way.

  • Andrew

    Someone stop the presses….Bill and I agree on something :)

  • NWBill

    *chuckling* …..guess that means we’ve lost our fan fanatic club memberships! :)

    By the way ….good luck on your recovery; hope everything goes well.