Bills Depth could Keep Rookies Off the Field

Doug Whaley expects his first two draft picks to contribute in their rookie seasons. Day three picks may struggle to contribute or even make the team according to the GM.

The Buffalo Bills only have six draft picks in the 2015 NFL draft, but general manager Doug Whaley isn’t concerned. In fact, Whaley told Mike Rodak of ESPN that he’s not sure that all of Buffalo’s late round picks will even make the team in 2015.

"When you look at our draft next year like, 'They didn't get anything out of those guys.' Our team is not going to be easy -- especially for the fifth, sixth and seventh round -- not only to make, but to contribute," Whaley explained. "Because we have depth on special-teams guys and we have depth across the board.

The only picks that Whaley expects to get contributions from in 2015 are his first two draft picks.

"The way our team is now -- and maybe I'm just trying to get it out there -- our second-round pick, our third-round pick, they're going to be contributors," Whaley said at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday. "But there's not too many open spots for them to come in and start."

Whaley is correct. On paper, the 2015 Bills are one of the most talented and deepest rosters that Buffalo has fielded in a long time. Buffalo will most likely draft the best player available at pick 50 and 81, especially if they are at positions that can contribute immediately. That could eliminate Buffalo from considering a quarterback with their first two selections.

Any late round picks or undrafted free agents that earn a spot on the roster will simply be depth, according to Whaley.

“Our whole philosophy is to have young guys come in as depth, so two or three years from now -- if we lose free agents -- they've already been in the system, and then you're not counting on them to not have those rookie mistakes."

Buffalo showed success doing this last season when Nigel Bradham didn’t miss a beat replacing Kiko Alonso. This season, Duke Williams will be counted upon to replace Da’Norris Searcy.

The Bills will certainly go about drafting players that they feel highly about, but don’t expect many of them to take the field in 2015.


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