Jan 1, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel (3) passes in the second quarter of the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at the 2013 Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
So how well did the Buffalo Bills do in the draft this year?
Personally, I thought that they had one of there better draft weekends in a long time. As I mentioned before, I didn’t for one pick ask “Why did we get that guy and not another position”? I would have liked to see a Guard picked up and they did as an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse. So really every need was addressed and the picks were thought out and a need in every way. We got explosiveness at WR and we got a Solid QB. the LB and DB needs were addressed as well as the TE.
I am not the only one that thinks this way either. Bucky Brooks, Analyst, NFL.com and NFL Network ran his thoughts on who was a winner and who was a loser in this years draft. As for the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills were the only ones mentioned in the “Nailed it” category, where the Dolphins were in the “Nothing flashy, but solid” category and the Jets were in the “only time will tell” category. The Pats were no where to be found in his breakdown. Bucky Brooks broke down the Buffalo Bills draft as;
"GM Buddy Nix made the most surprising move of Thursday night, with the Bills dropping from pick No. 8 to 16 and grabbing EJ Manuel as the team’s new franchise quarterback. While many analysts believe Manuel is not the top quarterback in the class, his blue-chip physical traits (size, athleticism and arm talent) and an underrated football mind make him an intriguing prospect to build around. Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin add more explosiveness to the receiving corps. Kiko Alonso is a thumper who brings much-needed toughness and physicality to the middle of Buffalo’s defense. Don’t sleep on the Duke Williams pick, either; he is an active roamer in the back end with the grit and nastiness to be an enforcer between the hashes."
I have to agree with him on all angles and again will reiterate that this has been a draft where the grade for the Bills is one that was above a C+, in my eyes and that hasn’t happen in recent drafts.