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Vic Carucci's Bills Morning Wake Up Call: 5 players who would be coveted the most

One way to determine the quality of your roster is to look at the players other teams wouldn't hesitate to acquire if they were available.

It would be fair to say the Bills have more than five who fall into this category.

However, for the sake of providing some food for thought with your breakfast, I'm offering my ranking of the five Buffalo players other NFL clubs would snatch up in a heartbeat:

Sammy Watkins (14) underwent foot surgery to repair a broken bone but tweets that he'll be ready for the preseason. (James P. McCoy/ Buffalo News)

Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.

1. Sammy Watkins. Best pure athletic talent on the team. Yes, his repeated health issues are troubling, but not to the point where they would discourage anyone wanting a top-flight, game-changing receiver in a pass-driven league. Paired with an upper-tier quarterback, Watkins could very easily put up NFL-leading numbers in multiple categories.

Marcell Dareus takes down Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown. Dareus is looking for a Ndamukong Suh-like contract.

Marcell Dareus takes down Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown.

2. Marcell Dareus. When it comes to the most valuable players in the game, defensive linemen aren't all that far behind quarterbacks. That's because they're the guys that you'd better have to help stop the opposing passer. And Dareus is an extremely dominant player who has few peers at his position. I'm not all that hung up about the fact he had only two sacks last season after getting 10 the previous year. That had less to do with any erosion of Dareus' game than it did with the entire defensive line struggling with the transition to a scheme that required far more thinking, communicating, and shifting than the one they were in the year before.

Buffalo Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn (77) blocks Dallas Cowboys Greg Hardy (76) during the fourth quarter Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Buffalo Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn blocks Dallas Cowboys Greg Hardy.

3. Cordy Glenn. Left tackles are like precious gems. If you have a good one -- not even a great one, but a good one -- you do not let him go under any circumstances. The Bills made such a determination about Glenn when they gave him a contract extension that makes him one of the highest-paid players at his position. Glenn isn't great, but he is very good and had his best season in 2015, the final year of his rookie deal. He is an excellent run-blocker and is consistently effective at protecting the passer.

Ronald Darby is looking forward to the chance to cash in on skyrocketing cornerback market.

Ronald Darby breaks up a pass for the Colts' T.Y. Hilton in Darby's first NFL game.

4. Ronald Darby. Cornerbacks are like left tackles. You don't let good ones get away. The Bills are fortunate in that Darby is entering only his second season. But he proved to be much more than good as a rookie. At times, he was great and should only become better as he gains experience. He is exceptionally fast, athletic and allows nothing to rattle him. The Bills have another strong corner in Stephon Gilmore, who is entering the final year of his contract. They don't want him to get away, but they aren't willing to make him the league's top-paid player at his position, which is something he wants. Part of the reason is they know, in the near future, Darby will likely be in a position to seek top-corner money when his turn comes.

Outside linebacker Jerry Hughes sees non-secondary benefiting from the presence of new assistant defensive backs coach Ed Reed.

Jerry Hughes sacks Tom Brady.

5. Jerry Hughes. Everybody wants and needs a dynamic edge rusher. That is what is giving Von Miller so much confidence in his leverage in contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos, even though they slapped him with a franchise tag. The Bills did the smart thing by giving Hughes a big contract extension in 2015 after his back-to-back 10-sack seasons. Yes, his total dropped to five last year, but he, too, had issues with the new defense and should rebound this year. Hughes also has a problem with getting too many mindless personal-foul penalties, but that wouldn't discourage another team from wanting one of the NFL's better players at getting to the quarterback.

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