Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:55 AM
I know - its ridiculous that I enjoy the draft, UDFA, and FA, sometimes more than the second half of the season itself - at least, its been that way the last 10 years or so.
I think it goes to why I like football in general. I like the game so much because I believe there's more to a team winning, and being successful, than just size, strength, and 40 times. It's like a real life version of a battle chess game. The intelligence factor, the heart factor, the team factor - those things can come together and make magic happen on Sundays.
I've always identified myself with the coach/GM, too. I've never been a tremendous athlete - rather average there - but, I'm drawn to the analysis, and game planning, roster building elements of it. There were times - I'd say during the Mularky/Jauron eras - when I tried to follow other teams whose play/styles/players I liked, and I just couldn't. It's Buffalo Bills or nothing. So, I'm left with thinking, if I were running the show what would I do - what do we need to compete? Whose a great sleeper pick? With the draft especially, theres always a very small but real possibility that a genius GM could get starters for all the holes and go into the season ready to compete. I feel that way now, too. Although I doubt we'll go into training camp with no holes, I still think we could realistically fill our holes if Nix and Co. play their cards right.
Just to clarify, I think if we add a franchise QB, a good tall WR (stereotype #1), a TE, an ILB, and a CB, I think we can compete with anyone, or at the least make the playoffs as a wild card. Thats 5 starters. In this draft a good GM with a roster like Buffalo's should be able to add starters into the 4th round. It shouldn't be out of the question (and, it's not statistically) to add a starter or two via UDFA. I think we can also add a starter at G in FA if we fail to do so in the draft.
And so - Thursday cannot come soon enough. Chicken wings, beer, pizza, and hope.