"Sports Talk Sunday" morphed into a pre-NFL Draft special on April 24, as gurus Jonah Javad of WGRZ and Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News joined usual hosts Adam Benigni and Bucky Gleason on the set.
Here are five talking points from the show, which aired originally at 11:30 p.m. April 24 on WGRZ-TV.
1) The Bills' biggest need: The segment intro is a video of Bills GM Doug Whaley saying that defense will be the Bills' priority, but ultimately they'll draft on best value. Bucky emphasizes that Buffalo is in win-now mode, and the most pressing need is an edge rusher. "Losing Mario Williams isn't addition by subtraction," Gleason argues, as the team still needs someone to fill his role and produce.
Dunne argues that the defense should benefit from an overall simplification of scheme, but agrees with Bucky that an edge rusher should be the pick, pointing to Denver's pairing of DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller that thrived in the Broncos' Super Bowl win.
As for Rex Ryan and the urgency to win now, Bucky sees the Bills head coach as entertaining -- like his introductory speech for Donald Trump -- but if you're looking for NFL wins, you should look elsewhere. Dunne echoes the sentiment, referring to Rex as a steak that's 75-percent fat -- once you trim it all off, there's minimal meat remaining.
2) Should the Bills take a QB? The discussion turns to whether the Bills should draft a quarterback, and Dunne notes how the Packers have drafted 10 QBs and the Patriots have taken nine during the tenures of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, respectively.
During that time, the Bills have selected four passers. Bucky can think of years where the Bills would have been smart to take four QBs (which may not have been an exaggeration.)
Incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor still needs to prove himself -- winning a game in which he throws 30 passes would help, Benigni says -- and Dunne cautions Buffalo against throwing money at Taylor too soon, especially considering the market (see: Brock Osweiler to Houston).
3) Javad on prospective Bills selections: The second segment kicks off with a clip of Doug Whaley admitting that a draft-day trade down was more likely than moving up. Javad, whose Mock Draft 6.0 is live on WGRZ.com, spotlights Boise State defensive end Kamalei Correa, a versatile player with lots of speed to help defend the spread schemes now common in the NFL.
Javad points to two talented prospects with off-the-field worries: Defensive ends Noah Spence, a former Ohio State recruit who wound up dominating at Eastern Kentucky, and Robert Nkemdiche, the Mississippi rusher who's seen his stock drop recently.
The WGRZ draft guru likes Correa's college production -- 19 sacks and five forced fumbles over the last two years -- as well as his motor, which he contrasts to Mario Williams' on-and-off interest.
4) Which QB would you draft? While neither Javad nor Dunne give ringing endorsements to any of the top-rated QBs who might be available for the Bills at No. 19, they both like two prospects likely to slip past the first round.
Javad likes Cardale Jones, who rose from third-stringer to NCAA champion for Ohio State two years ago, as a highly athletic project, while Dunne favors Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, who knows Greg Roman's offense and was given the freedom to audible and adjust to defenses in college.
If the Bills are going to draft a developmental quarterback, Bucky argues that physical tools are more important than mental strengths, as you can't teach height, size and arm strength.
5) Extra Points:
Dunne: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should be booed at the NFL Draft for his handling of concussion research; Dunne calls him a "tone-deaf" commish who refuses to acknowledge the choices of Calvin Johnson, B.J. Raji and several others who've stepped away from football due to head injuries. The NFL's battle to "win mom over" wages on.
Gleason: Bucky chimes in on his popular Buffalo Braves feature, adding how he believes that First Niagara Center should recognize the team's history. A banner should be raised to celebrate Bob McAdoo, Ernie DiGregorio, Randy Smith and Jack Ramsay.
Benigni: It's OK for the Pegulas to show interest in the NFL Draft process and other major Bills decisions, Benigni argues, as long as they aren't too intrusive. The owners will have the final say on the first-round pick, Whaley said, but Terry and Kim Pegula haven't vetoed anything in the past.
Tune in at 11:30 p.m. May 1 on WGRZ-TV to hear the "Sports Talk Sunday" cast review the Buffalo Bills' draft picks.