jrober, you really nailed this draft. And I agree. Offense looks much better now. Too bad Kelce gotten taken early.I'm usually a glass is half empty guy with regards to the Bills, but I'll try to give a positive spin on what's gone down so far:
Was he a reach? Absolutely. Just like I predicted for the last few months, these QBs aren't anywhere close to as good as the media wanted us to believe they are, and they've all free fallen in the draft. However, the positive is that I don't think there's any question that the Bills got the QB with the highest upside. I've compared Manuel to Colin Kaepernick a couple times, and believe he can become that type of player. He's got huge size, a big arm, great mobility and quality accuracy. He might not make an impact this year, but as Mike Mayock said, he's a piece of clay that can be molded and if done properly his upside is enormous. Considering that this team was never going to win the Super Bowl this year, having a developmental QB with upside is much preferable to having a guy who is more ready now but has a lower ceiling.
I'm a huge fan of this guy. He'll step in on day 1 and start across from Stevie because he's already so polished as a route runner. I think he's got decent size, good speed and excellent hands. He's also extremely effective running after the catch and could easily have a long career in the NFL as a high quality #2 WR. He was by far the best WR available in round 2, and I'm glad we took him.
Not everyone might be high on this guy, but I like him. He's an athletic linebacker who has tons of experience dropping into coverage because teams always had to throw to play catch up against Oregon. He's got good size, quality change of direction skills and decent strength. He can play all 3 spots in a 4-3 defense and he has extensive experience in Chip Kelly's 3-4 which used a ton Nickel which is what we're going to do. Most importantly, he's going to probably send Kelvin Sheppard to the bench which couldn't come soon enough. Sheppard is a disaster in coverage, and Alonso should really help in that area. Had 4 interceptions, 7 passes defended and 2 forced fumbles as a Senior and we could really use some play making ability like that at the LB spot.
Undersized receiver with world class speed. People can look at the lack of production at Texas, but reality is that all they let him do was run deep routes, WR screens and end arounds. Then he went to the Senior Bowl and no one could cover him. He made tons of plays and consistently blew past defenders on vertical routes. With a QB in the fold who has a huge arm, having a guy who can stretch the field in a hurry is a good weapon to have.
I like what we've done so far. Bucking the trend of recent Buddy Nix drafts, we finally went out and got some athletes with real talent. We got two sub 4.4 receivers, a physically imposing QB with great intangibles and what I think will be a 3-down LB. So far, I'm happy...