Bills veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has long made it known that he'd like to pursue a career in media after retirement. He mentioned Tuesday that as he enters his 12th season, he now considers himself "kind of in the transition point of being a player/media."
As such, Alexander was asked for his analysis of the Bills' biggest draft needs.
His list sounded a lot like most fans':
2. Offensive line.
3. Middle linebacker.
"I think with everything, this is a quarterback-driven league," Alexander said Tuesday. "Whether that quarterback is on our roster or somebody we decide we want to go up and get, that’s something as an organization that you want to be able to build around. But we have other needs as well.
"Obviously losing guys like (Eric Wood), Cordy Glenn through a trade and now Richie (Incognito) to retirement, you want to have a solid offensive line," Alexander said. "Because you can have an all-pro quarterback back there, but if you can’t keep him upright, it really doesn’t matter. I think (about) a guy like David Carr, who went No. 1 overall but had a lackluster career because he got hit a lot in his early years.
"Also linebacker, obviously we talk about losing a guy like Preston (Brown), but again, whether he’s on our roster or somebody we draft, those are kind of the three spots that I kind of look towards as far as seeing what their plan is."
The Bills are widely expected to try to land a top quarterback in the draft, but finding a middle linebacker to be the centerpiece of coach Sean McDermott's defense is also thought to be a need worthy of using a first-round pick to address. The team certainly has a need at interior offensive line, and would be well-served by upgrading at wide receiver, too.
Story topics: 2018 NFL Draft