After a 4-1 start to the Bills’ 2011 season, analysts had the team as an early playoff favorite. The Bills stumbled to a 6-10 record and find themselves drafting at 10th overall. Statistically, the Bills’ weak spot throughout the season was stopping the run as they could not find a way to stop opposing running backs. Although they drafted Marcell Dareus with the number 2 pick overall last year, I believe the Bills must address the defense in the first round come the draft in April.
In the 2012 off-season, the Bills need to address:
1) Stopping the Run: I believe the Bills are sitting at a nice spot in this 2012 draft. There are a handful of prospects that could be available to the Bills, especially on the defensive side of the ball. These players being: Quinton Coples / DE / N. Carolina, Melvin Ingram / DE / S. Carolina, Courtney Upshaw / OLB / Alabama, Luke Kuechly / ILB / Boston College. Out of these four players, I believe at least three of them will be available to the Bills at the tenth spot. As of right now, I have the Bills taking Defensive End Melvin Ingram in my Mock 3.0 draft.
2) Other Draft Needs: Other needs besides DE/OLB would have to be Middle Linebacker and Wide Receiver. Middle Linebacker would be to help out in stopping the run, its an obvious need. The Bills resigned their number one wide receiver in Steve Johnson, but don’t have much after that. Roscoe Parish is a free agent, and might not get resigned by the team.
Top Free Agents – 1) Scott Chandler / TE 2) Roscoe Parish / WR
Written By – David Rantisi- NFL Draft and Scouting Combine Writer
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