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Vic Carucci's 3 Bills first-round thoughts: Keeping it simple, defensive definition & competition does well

Here are my three Buffalo Bills thoughts the morning after the first round of the NFL Draft:

> The Bills did it right by not overthinking their top pick. They needed someone to put some life into an anemic pass rush. And when Shaq Lawson fell to them at the 19th spot, they didn't hesitate to grab the pass-rushing beast from Clemson. It might have been tempting for them to choose a quarterback, such as Paxton Lynch, who went to Denver after the Broncos traded up from 31st to 26th to land him. It might have been tempting for them to trade down, provided the right deal was available, to gain a pick while still being able to land a defensive player (who probably wouldn't have been Lawson). But this was a situation that called for the Bills to simply allow the draft to come to them rather than force something that, at least on the surface, figured to be less certain. Now, of course, nothing is certain about Lawson, even if he didn't have the history of a shoulder injury in his freshman season that, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, will eventually require surgery. Lawson said that report isn't true, that the shoulder hasn't bothered him since his freshman year, and Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's medical staff gave its blessing to the pick. Still, there's no denying that Lawson was a dominant player in college, that he has tremendous athleticism and versatility. There's also no denying that, after cutting Mario Williams, the Bills had a gaping hole to fill ... and Lawson looks to be able to fill it as well as anyone they could have drafted.

> It was interesting that Whaley was quick to point out that Lawson would be an immediate starter at outside linebacker opposite Jerry Hughes. Normally, GMs tend to leave such declarations to the head coach. But Whaley was clearly confident that he was in lock step with Rex Ryan, who didn't meet with reporters Thursday night. It was Whaley who also was the first within the Bills' hierarchy to publicly say that the team was going to use a "more traditional 3-4" defense than it did last season. Consequently, Lawson, who played end in college, is going to spend more time standing up and Hughes, who has been an end for a good portion of the past two years, is going to be mostly a stand-up linebacker as well. That likely means that the line will consist of Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and probably Corbin Bryant. Joining Lawson and Hughes at linebacker will be Preston and, at least for now, newly acquired free agent Zach Brown.

> As happy as the Bills are about landing Lawson, two the other teams in the AFC East should be equally thrilled about their first-round choices. In the shocker of the night, the Miami Dolphins wound up with Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil at No. 13. At one time, Tunsil was seen as the top overall choice, but his draft stock began falling. And it seemed to take the biggest plunge about 10 minutes before the draft when a video of Tunsil appearing to be smoking marijuana from a bong was posted to his Twitter account. Tunsil said the video was from "years ago" and that someone hacked into his account. Still, the Dolphins, who had a huge need on their offensive line, were undeterred and might very well have one of the better tackles to emerge from the college ranks in a long time -- provided Tunsil manages to stay out of trouble. Then, there were the New York Jets, who filled a massive defensive hole by grabbing one of the draft's top linebackers, Ohio State's Darron Lee, one pick after the Bills. The Patriots forfeited their first-round choice as punishment for the #Deflategate scandal, but they still have 11 picks through the rest of the draft.

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