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Bills Draft Analysis

Posted on: April 27, 2009 4:58 pm
I am from the school of thought that the offensive line is the key to success in the NFL.  If you have a great offensive line, you can dictate things to the competition.  You can dictate time of possession, you can suck a defense in to defending the run and switching to a pass play and vice versa.   If an NFL team has an elite offensive line and a decent defense, they have a shot at the playoffs.  We have seen that with the Ravens championship run, where Dilfer managed his way to a super bowl win.

With that being said, an offensive line is about cohesion, chemistry and time spent together.  That is why you can not assemble a line of free agent acquisitions and role players and turn them into a real unit in 1 year.  it just doesn't happen.

This is why I wanted the Bills to go with the best offensive lineman available in 3 of their first 4 picks.  I know that is a lot to ask for, when the team has defensive needs, but the O-line is what makes a team go.

The Bills did take 2 offensive linemen with their first 4 picks, so they were close to achieving my aspirations, but no left tackle?  That one puzzles me.

Overall, they focused on the O-line (and did well from the early results) and were able to get a pass rusher to help shore up that need.

They need to find the players, put them at the position that best suits their talents and let them go through the growing pains.  They need to stick to their decisions.  That may lead to a tough early season (or entire season), but if the line can mature together, I believe they will be looking good in 2-3 years.  

They are headed in the right direction, just a wee bit on the slow side. 
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