I was struck by this paragraph in Vic Carucci's piece on Josh Allen's first professional offseason:
"... There’s still next week’s draft, although Beane said Monday that the team doesn’t have a 'glaring hole.' Translation: between the free-agent signees and the incumbents, the Bills enter the draft intent on doing more backfilling than pillar-finding as they did last year by using first-round choices on Allen and middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds."
Do the Buffalo Bills really not have a "glaring hole?" Can that be true? This is the Bills we're talking about.
After giving it much thought, I don't know that I'm ready to fully agree with Beane's statement, but it feels very nearly true – and even that is worth commemorating. It has been a long, long time since Bills fans could even give that idea serious consideration.
The Bills' tight end situation makes me the most hesitant to agree with Beane. They have a blocking tight end in Tyler Kroft, a former undrafted rookie who showed some good things in Jason Croom, and a converted lineman in Jake Fisher. They don't have the offensive line figured out yet, either, but after adding six linemen in free agency there's enough reason to believe that situation will sort itself out. And nothing about the receiving corps strikes fear into opposing defensive coordinators, but after adding Cole Beasley and John Brown, the Bills can at least fill out the starting lineup with competent professionals.
That's a good reminder that the lack of a glaring weakness shouldn't be confused with a strength. The Bills are thin in several areas that they'll need to address in the draft. But they almost don't have a glaring weakness. How about that?
How Bills use mock drafts to prepare for real thing: Jay Skurski takes you inside the Bills' own draft prep, which includes several iterations of mock drafts. "Mock drafts aren’t just performed by media members looking for clicks or fans searching for entertainment," he wrote.
10 takeaways on the Bills' reported pre-draft visitors: Good list here of every reported pre-draft visit hosted by the Bills. Surprised to see the Bills haven't brought in either of the Iowa tight ends yet, but it's possible they kept it quiet to hope to keep other teams guessing (as if everyone doesn't know the Bills need a pass-catching tight end).
News reporter Jay Skurski will talk about Bills, NFL draft at library: If you're free tonight, come ask Jay questions about the Bills in the Town of Tonawanda. If nothing else, you'll be a block from the jewel that is Gino's Pizza Place.
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