How can anyone doubt that the Bills will draft a LT in the first round?
As soon as the Bills let Bell walk and made no effort to sign a replacement tackle, the writing was on the wall. There is NO way this regime, going in to a year in which they've made it clear that its time to "put up or shut up", is going to rely on second year 4th rounder Chris Hairston to be the team's starting left tackle. Its NOT going to happen. Furthermore, if you draft a tackle in the second round or later, there's no guarantee that he can start in year 1. The only way to get a surefire year 1 starter at the left tackle position is to draft one in the first round.
This is not about YOUR or MY personal preference, and its not about the need for a receiver opposite Stevie Johnson. Its about the fact that, as of now, the Bills have ONE NFL caliber left tackle, and he's only in his second year. To count on him would be madness. If the Bills aren't able to get a year 1 starter at WR out of the draft, they at least have Jones, Easley, et al to fall back on. If they don't grab a contributing cornerback, they still have Florence, McGee, Williams, McKelvin, and Rogers. If they don't grab a stud OLB, they still have Kirk Morrison and Arthur Moats. Now Suppose Hairston starts and does terribly. Who do they have to fall back on in that case? NOBODY!
Nix isn't dumb. He WILL draft a first round left tackle because he needs a starter at that position. He will not go into such a pivotal season with Hairston and some second or third round backup. First round LT it is. My money is Johnathan Martin, as he has football smarts, impeccable character, nasty disposition, etc. Though it would not shock me one bit if Reiff or even Cordy Glenn were the pick. One way or the other, though, you can darn sure bet that our first round pick will be a left tackle. To think otherwise, in my opinion, is foolish. If draft day comes and proves me wrong, feel free to drag this back up to the front page and mock me. I don't think its gonna happen, though. All you Floyd and Kuechly fan boys, get ready to be disappointed on April 26th.
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