C.Biscuit97, on 28 March 2012 - 07:55 AM, said:
Yeah, every is a great drafter 2 years after the draft. Plus with how Spiller finished the season, people are still harping on the pick? You can argue the need but SPiller is a damn good football player.
And I know it's a need, but getting the 2nd or 3rd best LT with the #10 overall doesn't excite me in the least. Especially because after the top guy, every guy has some shortcomings. I'd rather hope for a Mike Adams to slide or spend 2 later round picks on OTs with the hope that one of them hits. LTs isn't the position of need it used to be.
If you go back and review last season you will see a split in Fitz's passing productivity between the first half and second half of the season. There was more than one reason for the dropoff, he being injured certainly was a factor. But the main reason for the decline in the passing game was that teams adjusted to the short and quick pass routes that were so effective in the first half of the season. Why did our offense emphasize the short passing game? There was a major weakness in pass protection at the LT spot. To compensate for that weakness Gailey had to rely on the short passing game.
With a more accomplished LT Gailey can call a greater variety of passing plays. With our left side vulnerabilities he had to limit the type of passing plays that would work.
I'm not sure how our scouting department ranks the LTs. If they are ranked high then Nix probably will take a LT with the first pick. If not, then he probably won't reach and will address another need with a higher rated player. But make no mistake about the situation on our OL, with or without Bell the Bills have a major gap on the left side that still needs to be filled.
Quality OTs, most especially LTs, are very highly valued commodities. When there are quality LTs on the draft board they usually go at the top of the draft. Most prognosticators are predicting that USC's LT, Kahlil, will be the third overall pick in this draft. That suggests the importance of the position, not the lack of its importance.
Edited by JohnC, 28 March 2012 - 08:31 AM.