Bills Draft Analysis- Part II- Offensive Line

Bills Report takes a look at the Buffalo Bills position by position and where they might look to fill holes in this Saturday's NFL draft. Today we look at the offensive lone, arguably one of the weakest areas of the team.

Bills Report takes a look at the Buffalo Bills position by position and where they might look to fill holes in this Saturday's NFL draft. Today we look at the offensive lone, arguably one of the weakest areas of the team.

Offensive Tackles

Starters

Jason Peters - RT Mike Gandy – LT

Backups

Greg Jerman Dylan McFarland (NFLE)

Camp Fodder

Matt Morgan

When one of your starting tackles was a converted TE and his backup is playing in NFL Europe, you have major issues. 2002 4th overall pick Mike Williams and his heafty contract was cut, and the Bills will be spending a couple of picks in the draft addressing the lines.

Draft Analysis-

Lucky for the Bills it is one of the deepest tackle drafts in ages. D'Brickshaw Ferguson will most likely be gone by the 8th pick, but the Bills have a rich crop to find someone in the top 70 picks- in which they have 4 selections. Whomever the Bills draft, it is a very strong possibility they will be handed a starting position.

Guards

Starters

Chris Villarrial- RG
Bennie Anderson –LG

Backups

Duke Preston
Aaron Gibson

Camp Fodder

Jason Thomas Bennie Anderson struggled last season and will most likely be regulated to veteran backup status. Villarrial is steady when healthy, and he was often injured in 2005. The wild card might be Aaron Gibson. The 27th pick in the 1999 draft, he ate his way out of the league in 2004 exceeding 400 lbs. Down almost 50 lbs, he could be a surprise if he can get to a manageable weight and in shape. If the Bills draft a LT high in the draft, the Bills might move Mike Gandy inside to guard.

Draft Analysis-

Another area of immediate need in the draft, and the Bills will probably select an opening day starter with one of their 5 top 100 picks. They still might get a veteran in free agency- but it will most likely happen after the draft.

Center

Starter

Melvin Fowler

Backups

Justin Geisinger
Mike Schneck (Long Snapper)

Camp Fodder

None (yet)

Trey Teague was not resigned and left for the New York Jets in free agency. In his place, the Bills signed Melvin Fowler of the Vikings. Fowler played well in relief of injured Pro-Bowl Center Matt Birk. The Bills have limited depth on the roster, albeit backup guard Duke Preston played Center at Illinois. Geisinger is at best a marginal backup.

Pro bowl long snapper Mike Schneck returns

Draft Analysis-

While it is not an immediate need like the rest of the offensive line, don't be surprised if the Bills do draft a center who can also play guard. A lot depends who is left on the board. Ohio State's Nick Mangold is the only first day center the Bills would consider.

Tomorrow- a look at the defensive line

(Billszone.com )


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