Teague signs; Trade down or DT likely

Bills fans can just about forget acquiring LTs Bryant McKinnie or Mike Williams in the NFL Draft. By signing left tackle Trey Teague to a four-year, $10 million deal, Buffalo has basically made Teague, 6'5", 292 pounds the starting left tackle of the future.

The move now raises speculation that a trade-down is in the works. If Buffalo picked a DT at No. 4, it would be reaching. But it could get one of the top DTs if it slid down to a No. 10 to No. 15 pick.

Denver chose Teague in the seventh round (200th overall) of the 1998 draft. His measurables are remarkably similar to John Fina's, who is 6'5", 300 pounds.

Here's a scouting report on Teague before he was drafted. At the time, he was projected to be an NFL center. He was Peyton Manning's center at Tennessee:

"Two year starter and has solid history at LOT before moving to OC. Excellent intangibles and attitude. Great work ethic. Works to finish blocks. Is excellent competitor and plays with a lot of pride. Not a real natural athlete, but has worked hard to improve and is somewhat an over achiever. Versatility is solid asset as he can play OT, OG, ROC. He has been well coached on college level and has a good understanding of the game. Does not have real natural explosion or power and is not a dominating player at POA, but works to get position to compensate. Only adequate in space and movement and adjust are somewhat short area. Not a great open field player, but decent when he locks on. Change of direction and feet look pretty good as evidenced by his 4.44 SS at Indy. He is not a real pretty player, but he has made himself into a solid NFL prospect and his versatility should help him stick on an NFL team."

Obviously Teague has improved in Denver, which has been lauded for its crafty line play, especially considering the line is not that big. The players are athletic and can move. Of course, there are always accusations that the line is dirty too. Ask Bryan Cox, who vowed "vigilante" revenge on Denver guard Dan Neil after he illegally clipped the Patriots linebacker.

Interestingly, Teague was taken by Denver two spots behind Victor Allotey, the former Bills guard who is no longer with the team. Another point to ponder is that Teague wears No. 70, which is Fina's number. He'd probably switch if Fina gets cut June 1.

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