With the 2013 NFL draft over, we have a better vision of what the Buffalo Bills are looking to do on both offense and defense. However, while we have an idea of what the coaching staff has in place, there are several positions that are up for grabs. Over the next week or so, we’ll be previewing each and every position that will have a competition.
The Bills lost arguably the best offensive lineman on the roster in Andy Levitre via free agency, leaving a wide open competition at the left guard position. The Bills opted against selecting an offensive lineman in the draft, indicating that they have faith that one of the inexperienced backups can step into a starting role.
With this edition, we’ll be covering the left guard position.
Note: Players listed in alphabetical order, not by depth chart
LG Colin Brown
Currently listed No. 1 on the Bills’ official depth chart at left guard, Colin Brown has appeared in 12 total games with the team, serving as a left guard, center and right guard. At 6’7” 326 pounds, Brown’s size and strength could remind Coach Marrone of his former guards in New Orleans, mammoths Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans.
If anything was made clear by the Levitre departure, it was that the Bills were looking for a certain identity on the offensive line: big, strong, versatile linemen that can maul opposing defensive linemen.
LG Zack Chibane
Signed as an undrafted free agent, former Syracuse guard Zack Chibane was the only player coach Marrone brought from his former school to the Buffalo Bills. Chibane started all 38 of his games his three years with the Orange, paving the way for a 1,000 yard running back in each year. A bit undersized, Chibane could be a sleeper in training camp.
RT Keith Williams
Signed to the Bills’ practice squad in 2011 after being claimed off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Keith Williams is another physically imposing lineman at 6’5” and weighing 330 pounds. He’s played two games for the Bills, both at right guard, but versatility has been stressed by the new coaching staff.
Wildcard: LT Zebrie Sanders
In my personal opinion, Zebrie Sanders is the ideal candidate to play left guard for the Buffalo Bills in 2013. The Bills selected the 6’6” 320 pounder out of Florida State University in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Strictly an offensive tackle in college, Sanders started all 37 games as a Seminole since arriving on campus as a true freshman. History has proven that most offensive tackles that transition to the guard position have been successful, and Sanders offers the quick footwork of a tackle, while displaying the power and agility needed to hold up against interior defensive linemen.
Projected Depth: Zebrie Sanders, Colin Brown, Zack Chibane, Keith Williams