Concerning Jay Skurski's article in the Buffalo News today titled "Bills' Whaley part of fact-finding mission, " Mr. Whaley is quoted as saying "I always tell people my job is to make Buddy's job as easy as possible. I want to go out there - and for lack of a better term - be the foot soldier to track down all the information. I need to take all the information out there, funnel it to the best three or four choices and give Buddy the options to make that choice. It's been the same since I got here. You got to go in there with eight guys that you want and you say 'heck yeah, I'd love to have that guy at 8.' So you're happy no matter what happens in the draft. Everybody says, well is draft day all crazy and stuff? If you set your board right and you're comfortable with it, you just sit back and let the names peel off. Then you say 'well out of those eight guys, that's the guy left.' That's what we want."
I don't know if I'm reading too much into these statements, but to me it seems like a very passive way to approach the draft. He's more or less saying we find eight guys we like, then sit back and wait and then take whoever is left over. I don't want that in our draft room. I don't want our scouts and GM "sitting back." I want them actively monitoring what's going on, making calls, discussing options, and doing anything and everything to improve their draft any way they can. What it sounds like to me is that in no way whatsoever will they attempt to move up or down in the draft. It sounds like they are completely locked into pick 8 no matter what, unless maybe someone approaches them. And "It's been the same since I got here.". I just can't see this happening in the New England draft room. I can not see Bill Belichick just sitting there and peeling names off.
Am I reading too much into this, an unprepared, off the cuff statement? Or have and will the Bills just let the chips fall where they may? Are they completely locked into pick eight? And will they just passively sit back as the draft progresses waiting for their turn to "peel a name off the board?"
No, it's not you, it's them.
I think it really shows how poorly we have drafted since they have been here.
It also concerns me that Whaley has been "funneling" these guys into Nix, can he not see good prospects either. There are so many good players that they have passed over, it makes me think that the whole scouting department including Nix and Whaley need to go.
We have had some bad coaching here but bottom line is without great players we will never be successful.
you have it exactly right. Nix has said that trading picks is something that he avoids, because then you are chasing players and you will probably give too much up.
I'm probably wrong, but I think the trade to get T.J. Graham is the only trade he has done on draft day. And he only gave up a 7th.
and they gave up to much for him.
Don't forget the wasted pick for TJ and the three other picks that they cut from last years draft before the season started.
apparently he doesn't value his picks that much if he throws them away for absolutely nothing.
Well i have found (personal opinion) that the Bills brass have a different definition for Exhaustive & thorough explanation per their coaching search than i do.
If they do there predraft work like they did their coaching interviews it's no wonder we are where we are.
I'm sure they are doing what they feel needs doing as far as preparation for the draft & have most of their players on the board & i hope we get another draft like our last one & we will have some good players to go along with what we already have.
I just hope the coaching staff can maximize their talent !!!
need more than two picks to have a good draft, last years draft was terrible minus Gilmore and Glenn.