Bills Trade Up to Land McCargo

The Buffalo Bills' brass huddled up around three o'clock in the afternoon as the NFL Draft selections moved into the 20s.

They were talking to a couple of teams and eventually swung a trade deal with Chicago to move up from their second round pick at 42 to pick 26 in the first round. Trade Terms: The Bills gave up their pick at 42 and their second third rounder at 73 to get up to 26.

It was the second time in three years that the Bills traded up to make a second selection in Round one. The last time was 2004 when they drafted Lee Evans 13th and then traded their second and fifth rounders along with a first rounder in 2005 to Dallas to move up to pick 22 to take J.P. Losman.

Marv Levy addressed the comments from the so called draft experts who labeled Buffalo's move up to get McCargo as a reach.

"We don't really go a lot by what the experts say," said Levy. "We had long conferences on this situation as you do whenever you have a trade. We brought in defensive line coach Bill Kollar and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Mr. Wilson was in on it. We collectively evaluated it. This was a position where we had a dire need and there weren't any candidates after McCargo for quite a while at the defensive tackle spot. We felt in terms of our need this merited our making that move. If it's interpreted as a reach that's fine."

Assistant GM Tom Modrak also weighed in on the "expert" opinions.

"I heard that too and kind of anticipated that was going to happen," said Modrak. "However they never mentioned that they had Winston Justice and Chad Jackson at the top of the first round and they never went there. And that's okay because there are different opinions. We like to think we have our lists in proper order too. I heard it though."

"The number one thing that comes to your mind with him is he's very quick and to me it's hard to coach quickness and develop quickness," said Modrak. "You can develop things with players, but that one you can't. He is quick and when you see the film clips of him look for that. Does he need to continue to grow and get better? Of course. He's an underclassman so he's young. We think he'll continue to get stronger. We think he'll work at everything he has to do which will help make him a better player. For a three technique guy in this system you have to have that quickness to invert the line and get across the line of scrimmage."

McCargo had a stress fracture in his foot which forced him to miss five games last season. Modrak addressed it.

"He passed his physical with our doctors," said Modrak. "And we're aware that he had an issue there. We've taken all of that into consideration and when we made the decision on him we discussed it."

When Dick Jauron was asked if he was better suited to play the three-technique (outside shade of the guard) or nose tackle Jauron offered the following.

"We see him playing the three (technique)," said Jauron. "Obviously we'll be playing in waves so we need guys that can play fast at that position as Tom (Modrak) said. We see him playing primarily the three technique. When we get him here and start working with him and he can hold up in camp at the one, then we'll start playing him at some of the one (technique) too. In pass rush situations we like to think that Tripplett and McCargo will both be out there."

Bills scout Joe Haering who is very tight with the N.C. State staff feels eventually McCargo could become a full time nose tackle.

"When I went through the first of the year watching film, on him every once in a while I thought that maybe McCargo was the best of the three just because he is big, would flash his quickness and do a lot of things," said Haering. "I said to the defensive line coach, 'I think that defensive tackle might be your best player at some point in time because he's got so much potential.'"

"He said, 'Yeah, he just needs to learn how to play and play more consistent,'" said Haering. "Well what happened was that at about five games into the year he got a foot injury. He missed six games in the middle of the year. My point is that this kid has a lot of upside, size, speed and is a good kid. In fact when I went down there for the spring workout, the coach brought him over to me and wanted me to talk to him.

The kid said, 'You know coach, I really didn't think I did as well I could have at Indianapolis so I am going to do everything here which the other kids did,'" Haering recalled. "So he did every drill there again. My point on this kid is that he is a good kid, young, hasn't played in as many games as you would have liked in college because he's a junior coming out and only played half of this year. But he has a lot of upside and I know as our coaches have talked about him he could be the three (technique) penetrator. I think in time that he could also be a nose tackle because he is a big kid that needs to get stronger and learn how to play a little. Get a little more technique work."

McCargo stated that his foot is 100 percent and he's ready to roll.

"I'm excited and thankful," said McCargo. "I'm just ready to play football. I'm excited to be a Buffalo Bill and get ready to do whatever it takes for my team."

The Bills second first round pick said he only met with the Bills at the combine and didn't make a personal visit.

When asked if he can play nose tackle as well as the three technique DT position, can you play the nose as well as the 3?

"I feel like I can do it all. I feel I can play inside and out. At N.C. State I was all around. I was over the center and over the guard and over the tackle. It was mostly a three-technique, two-technique, one-technique. I was all over."

Why he decided to declare for the draft

"I knew what I could do as a football player. I felt I had what it takes to be successful at the next level. My foot was 100 percent as well so that's why I decided to make the step to the next level."

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