3 reasons the Buffalo Bills need to add a defensive tackle early in NFL Draft

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Sean McDermott’s scheme relies on a good 4-man rush, especially on the interior

Sean McDermott will be assuming defensive play-calling duties next season in the absence of Leslie Frazier. While the defensive scheme has always seemed to be McDermott’s, we can look at his time in Carolina for what we could expect. McDermott boasted one of the best defenses in the league as the Panthers coordinator and his system relied heavily on a good 4-man rush. While the Bills needing some help at defensive end until Von Miller returns is another discussion needing to be had, it all starts in the middle.

McDermott’s defense which helped lead the Panthers to the Super Bowl was led by a then-great 1-tech Star Lotulelei, and stud 3-tech Kawan Short. If Ed Oliver breaks out, the Bills’ defensive line has the ability to leave that great Panthers defensive line in the dust. With that said Oliver who has been great at times, has not lived up to his former number-nine overall pick status. Having an insurance plan would be ideal.

It also goes a long way with depth. McDermott loves to rotate his D-line to keep guys fresh. Having starting-level players in your second rotation is an amazing luxury to have, and one the Bills can achieve if they take a defensive tackle early in the draft.