Part One: Bills Draft Q&A with Chris Steuber's Chris Steuber answers a five-pack of questions from Steuber talks about everything from T.O. to the 11th overall pick in Part One of this series...

Tyler Dunne, Do you believe the Bills did the right thing in signing Terrell Owens, or should the team have drafted another wide receiver like Mizzou's Jeremy Maclin?

Chris Steuber: From a marketing and fan interest point of view, the Bills struck gold with the signing of Terrell Owens. I'm sure the Bills organization will see a spike in ticket sales and have a hard time keeping No. 81 jerseys in stock. But from a team point of view, there's a chance it will have a negative effect. I only say there's a chance, because Owens has usually been a choirboy in his first-year with a new team - usually. He was just Terrell in San Francisco as a young rookie and didn't discover his alter ego T.O. at that point. He was Donovan McNabb's best friend in his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles and was ultimately the missing piece to the Eagles Super Bowl puzzle – despite losing to New England. The one situation where he caused a controversy from the start was in Dallas. It wasn't anything he did in the locker room that stirred things up; it was the accidental overdose of pain medication that made headline news.

The Bills are a unique situation for the 36-year old Owens. Buffalo isn't San Francisco or Philly or Dallas; it's a place where T.O. can transform back into Terrell and show a different side of himself. He has an opportunity to help the development of Trent Edwards. He finally gives Lee Evans the compliment he's needed since he entered the NFL in 2004. And it will possibly put a Bills franchise that's finished 7-9 three years in a row a step closer to making its first playoff appearance since 1999.

The impact that Owens can provide the Bills for one season is far greater than what Jeremy Maclin would provide over the next three years from a developmental, economical and potentially franchise saving aspect.

TD: Buffalo's pass rush was among the league's worst last season. Do you see the Bills going with a defensive end at No. 11 overall?

Everette Brown had 13.5 sacks in 13 games last season for Florida State.
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CS: Absolutely. The Bills have to find a way to consistently apply pressure on the quarterback. This year's draft is full of hybrid defenders, and at No. 11 they will have an opportunity to secure one of the best pass rushers in the country, Florida State's Everette Brown.

TD: The lingering Achilles' Heel for this offense all decade has been the lack of a tight end -- a position that's vital to the offense Turk Schonert is implementing. Should Buffalo bite on Brandon Pettigrew in the first round, or are there some starter-worthy finds in the second?

CS: Drafting Brandon Pettigrew at No. 11 is a reach. He's the best and most complete tight end in the draft, but I think there's value to be had in the second round. Players like South Carolina's Jared Cook, Southern Miss' Shawn Nelson, Missouri's Chase Coffman and Rice's James Casey all have a chance to be selected in the second frame. If the Bills decide to wait until the third round to address the TE position, Wisconsin's Travis Beckum and Florida's Cornelius Ingram are options.

TD: The Bills also will be looking to add some youth to the offensive line after releasing underachieving Derrick Dockery. Could Oklahoma's Duke Robinson slip to the third round as a possibility. Who else do you think is on Buffalo's radar?

CS: There's a chance that Duke Robinson will fall into the third round, but he's the best guard in the draft, and over the last few years, teams have put a premium on offensive linemen; I see Robinson being off the board in the second round. But, if the Bills want to wait until the third round to grab a guard, Oregon State's Andy Levitre, Cincinnati's Trevor Canfield and Wisconsin's Kraig Urbik are solid upfront.

TD: Back to T.O., do you personally like the move?

CS:Personally, I love Terrell Owens as a player; outside of Jerry Rice, Owens is the best wide receiver in the history of the game. I know that statement will raise eyebrows, but it's true. If you take his antics out of the equation and judge him solely by his production on the field, tell me who's better?

Terrell Owens is getting older but remains one of the best receivers in the NFL.
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There have been better route runners, pass catchers and blockers over the years, but there hasn't been a wide receiver that's changed a team's defensive game plan more than Owens. He's so physically intimidating and so talented, that even at 36 he's among the best in the league.

I like the signing because I think there's very little risk on Buffalo's end. If the Bills signed him to a three-year deal worth big money, I'd question the move. But for one-year and $6.5 million, he'll be on his best behavior and win you over with his infectious charm.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber's features are published across the network and on You can contact him at

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