Does Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley need to have a big draft this year? Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com believes so. Whaley is listed seven general managers who need to have a big draft.
Here is what Rosenthal says in regards to the Bills GM:
Doug Whaley, Buffalo Bills general manager: It's never a good sign when ownership has to release a statement at the end of the season stating that the general manager and coach will keep their jobs. A contract extension for Whaley a week later was a strong measure of support, but it also is typical practice for NFL teams to avoid decision makers entering contract years.
Whaley precedes the current Bills ownership group in Buffalo, and has had a mixed record since taking over for Buddy Nix in 2013. Coach Rex Ryan has made it clear that he needs more starters from this draft for his defense, which is reminiscent of a problem Rex's teams had in New York. They always paid more attention to the defense in the draft and it showed on the field.
Despite his extension, Whaley could find himself on the hot seat if the Bills have a disappointing season and the draft class doesn't produce.
Whaley's draft results have been a mixed bag. He's found a true No. 1 receiver in Sammy Watkins in the draft and his first selection in last year's draft, Ronald Darby, outperformed quite a few first round picks on his way to being a Rookie of the Year candidate. He also added contributors such as Preston Brown, Seantrel Henderson, John Miller, and Karlos Williams in the last two seasons. That said, Whaley has also swung and missed on a few prospects (Cyrus Kouandjio, Cyril Richardson, and Tony Steward) in two seasons.
Whaley's best work has come via free agency and trade. He's added a possible franchise quarterback in Tyrod Taylor, as well as offensive weapons like LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay, and a premier left guard in Richie Incognito. This year has been much quieter, but he's added depth at certain positions and added a starting linebacker in Zach Brown.
The Bills have had back-to-back non-losing seasons for the first time since 1999-2000, but now it's time for the team to get over the hump. Whaley's draft class will play a large role in the Bills sinking or swimming in 2016. A big draft is needed for Buffalo's sake and Whaley's as well.null