As next week’s NFL Draft inches closer and closer, the speculation continues about what the Bills might do and who they might pick. The team met with two more players Wednesday, the last day teams are allowed to host prospects before the draft – this time Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller and Maryland wideout D.J. Moore.
As we approach the draft, the [BN] Blitz newsletter will feature a reader question answered daily by a member of our team. You can leave questions in the comment section below. Here's today's Q&A with Vic Carucci.
Matthew Corey asks: The offensive line needs to be addressed. Will the Bills draft someone or trade to upgrade?
Vic Carucci: I'd be surprised if the Bills don't come out of the draft with at least one offensive lineman and quite possibly two. I agree the O-line is an area of need, although I'd still put it behind quarterback, linebacker and edge rusher.
The line is going to face enormous challenges in establishing continuity, so I would expect the plan, at least for this season, is to immediately address the vacancies created by the retirements of center Eric Wood and left guard Richie Incognito, as well as the trade of left tackle Cordy Glenn, with players already on the roster.
Dion Dawkins is a solid replacement for Glenn. Ryan Groy can take over for Wood or Incognito, and Russell Bodine could be plugged in at center depending on Groy's best fit. I see the draft's main purpose, with regard to the offensive line, as providing depth at guard/center and tackle, while putting a future starter (or starters) in place.
Hoping against hope: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has not yet committed to playing in 2018, according to a report Wednesday from ESPN.
Related: In the wake of all the recent news about New England, the Tim Graham Show asks the question: “Is the Patriot Way about to collapse?”
Herbstreit likes Mayfield: On a conference call with reporters, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit not only rated Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft, but he also endorsed Mayfield’s “quick decision-making and accuracy” while also acknowledging that he’s on “a little bit” of “an island” in ranking him the top signal-caller.
The top 10 inside linebackers: In the latest installment of our position-by-position preview of the draft, The Buffalo News’ Jay Skurski writes that the “idea that linebacker isn’t a value position in today’s NFL will be put to the test next week. As many as four could go in the first round.”
And the top 10 defensive tackles: Vic Carucci writes that the 2018 class of defensive tackles “has it all.” It will be “a good draft for teams needing help in that area,” he added. That group includes Buffalo (see the next link).
Glaring needs: Bad news for the Bills: The team has three position groups considered the worst in the National Football League, according to Pro Football Focus.
Lesson learned: The Buffalo News’ Bucky Gleason writes about Bills offensive lineman Ryan Groy, whose story is rooted “in 4,000 saplings that were planted in swampland his father owned in a small Midwestern town about two hours west of Milwaukee.”
Another player visit: The Bills also reportedly hosted Boston College defensive end Harold Landry recently. He’s projected as a mid-first round selection.
Tyrod Taylor reports for Cleveland: The Bills’ departed quarterback reported at 6 a.m. Monday for the first day of the Browns’ offseason workouts. He’s already been anointed their starting quarterback.
A fan favorite: Fred Jackson, who signed a one-day contract with the Bills Wednesday to officially retire as a member of the franchise, reflected in an interview with The Buffalo News on his career in Buffalo.
Listen: In the [BN] Blitz Daily Drive Podcast, Paul Peck and Kevin Sylvester of Buffalo Sports Page discussed Fred Jackson’s career in Buffalo.
Watch: The Bills broadcast Jackson’s signing on Facebook.
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