The draft is only so customizable. Teams can’t choose which types of players they want. Sure, each new employee has a job category, but general managers have to order from the limited pizza toppings left. Please save us from pineapple.
The finite supply offers challenging news for the Buffalo Bills, who have draft needs in the same sense they have unsold Marcell Dareus jerseys. It’s easier to determine which positions don’t need fortification.
If Buffalo fans had a magic wand, it’d have worn out years ago. After we reversed various devastating injuries, useless video reviews, and ridiculous contracts, we’d cast a spell to stock the draft with replacements for the departed.
But Preston Brown’s replacement can’t be ordered through Prime.
Where are the Bills most lacking? They have to figure that out before looking at the board. What they want must be weighed against who’s left.
Plans go perfectly right up until something happens. The selection process has as many permutations as a draft lottery, something the Sabres have learned is useless to try to predict.
The only way to be in control is to go early. Moving ahead of the Jets would remove every non-Cleveland variable, and the league’s winless goofballs could still draft a jai alai pro.
The defense only seems like it could be a category itself. Brandon Beane has obtained several free agents who could be starters if they’re not pushed out by promising rookies. He could still draft at just about anywhere but cornerback, and it’d be fine if he grabbed a bunch of those. You may have heard this is a throwing league, even if they pretended to fix the catch rule.
Middle linebacker sounds like an important position. That’s not a guy you hide on the edges. And defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier seeks a lineman who could play any of four positions, ideally at once.
On the other side, the conventional manner of moving the ball dictates bringing aboard a wide receiver. It’s astounding that a modern playoff team made a primitive approach work. Deonte Thompson’s 430 yards were only third on the Bills and tied for 100th in the league. Meanwhile, he led the team by position. They can try it again. But like Tom Brady trying to catch a pass, it’s just not going to work.
Oh, and football requires someone to throw the ball. The Bills might just be thinking of an acquisition at that one invaluable position where they traded away a starter nobody thought was all that terrific. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and predict they’ll grab a quarterback, a guess I’ll put alongside one that Buffalo and their opponents will combine to go .500 head-to-head.
Announcing that a franchise quarterback helps is like noting Paul McCartney was the most talented one in Wings. They’ve tried to pass of Ringos as franchise leaders for too long with predictable compositional results.
Investing so much in a quarterback is a better deal than not paying. The only thing more costly than the purchase is declining to make it. As tourists leaving Tijuana with empty pockets can attest, some things are worth the price.
Wow – that’s a lot of guys they need. We’ll have many new players to pretend are our BFFs this year. Numerous rookies will have a chance to start from day one. Who doesn’t want to begin a career with lots of responsibility? Hope some other franchise drafts you if you’re interested in a glorified internship.
The sheer quantity of needed replacements highlights the eternal draft debate about value versus need. The Bills don’t need someone prized by Mel Kiper Jr. ESPN is not a contender.
Scheme and vacancy combine to make a player’s worth relative. An attention-absorbing nose tackle is unappealing to 4-3 schemers seeking an invasively nimble attacker.
The Bills are sure to get a choice of highly-rated players regardless of position thanks to their abundance of needs. If that was the plan, good job. This club has so many holes that there’s sure to be someone to draft. They sure are lucky in that regard.
But they might limit their options by dealing ahead. There’s a reason that “franchise” is used next to “quarterback” more than other positions combined. It’s nothing against, say, right guards, but some openings are easier to face by comparison.
A team that made the playoffs has so many needs. Such a fantastic feat is almost impressive. The rebuild outpaced supply lines. But they finally made it to a fort along the Oregon Trail to get supplies.
If they hunt properly, they’ll be able to outrun dysentery.
The draft is about balancing quality and quantity. Then again, so is everything else. The Bills have so many gaps that it’s tough to guess their strategy. That’s one way to outfox other clubs.
Editor’s babble: As always, many thanks to Anthony Bialy for his unique ability to provide us with a good laugh at our team, and sometimes ourselves. You can follow Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.