Bills Draft Analysis-Part III- Defensive 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 defensive line, hit hard cap casualties and free agent defections the past two seasons.

Defensive Tackles

Starters

Larry Tripplett
Tim Anderson

Backups

Lauvale Sape LaWaylon Brown

Camp Fodder

Jason Jefferson
Tai Tupai (NFLE)

The Bills are overhauling their traditional DTs. Lost to cap casualty was Sam Adams and Ron Edwards was not resigned. Getting away from their behemoth run stuffers, the new cover-2 defense will be looking for quicker, penetrating DT's. The biggest acquisition in free agency was Larry Tripplet who fills this role. Depth wise, it's the weakest position on the club.

Draft Analysis-

In a relatively weak draft class- the Bills will need to fill this position with one of their day 1 picks- possibly the 8th overall. Bunkley fits the defense, but isn't a top 10 rated player in the draft. Ngata is, but he's more of the run-stuffing type. This team will be in deep doo-doo if they go into the second day of the draft without a DT.

Defensive End

Starters

Aaron Schobel
Chris Kelsay

Backups

Ryan Denney
Mark Word

Camp Fodder

Eric Powell

While the Bills do have more than adequate starters in Schobel and Kelsay, depth is a real problem. Underachiever Justin Bannan left via free agency. The Bills need penetrating & quick pass rushers off the ends in Dick Jauron's defense.

Draft Analysis-

It's highly unlikely, but if Mario Williams falls this far he's an automatic pick. Beyond that, the only way they grab an end early would be via trading down. I expect the Bills to use their mid-round picks to address this issue. Depth at DE for this year's draft class is pretty weak.

Tomorrow- a look at the linebackers and defensive backs

(Billszone.com )


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