The Buffalo Bills face an uncertain future at defensive line dominance. Kyle Williams is one of the best players at the position — that maybe only we know about and appreciate. With the news that he is mulling retirement, we are clearly on borrowed time with him — even if he returns.
Let’s look at building depth at this position, with guys who can come in and be solid rotational players from day one.
West DT Josh Tupou – Colorado
2016 Stats: 45 tackles, and 2 sacks
At 6’3, 325 pounds, Tupou will have size to make him effective early against the run. What will be important in the McDermott 4-3 defense are defensive tackles who can take on multiple blockers to free up the linebackers.
East DT DeAngelo Brown – Louisville
2016 Stats: 40 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 FF
Brown is 6’1 and 310 pounds, which is smaller than Tupou and may appear quicker and sleeker. While I don’t expect McDermott to make the DTs shift as much pre-snap like Rex Ryan, having a DT who is smart at reading screens and will have faced several of the top QB prospects coming out would be a nice asset for a role player on defense.