Today we’re reaching fever pitch with the 2017 NFL Draft only two days away. Every draft is full of twists and turns, but this draft seems especially hard to predict for the Buffalo Bills for several reasons.
First and foremost, this will be coach Sean McDermott’s first draft as a head coach. No one knows for sure what general manager Doug Whaley’s part in all of this is at this point and fierce debate continues about his future in Buffalo.
With scheme changes coming on both offense and defense, there are gaping holes on both sides of the ball that need to be addressed. And what happens if “best player available” throws a kink in their plans because an unexpected player drops to the 10th overall pick?
Will the Bills trade down, up, or keep their position in the first round? With three picks in the fifth-round, will Buffalo get lucky again and find a gem as they did with Kyle Williams in 2006? Will the Bills make it three years in a row and find a solid running back in the fifth-round as they did in 2015 with Karlos Williams Sr. and Jonathan Williams in 2016?
With every possible permutation for Buffalo being mocked to death already in the upcoming draft, my brain is fried from trying to sort it all out. My bottom line is as always with respect to the draft; did the Bills find value at each round?
However, that question isn’t always easy to answer for a team on it’s ninth head coach since 2000. How do you evaluate a draft a few years down the road when there’s been so many scheme changes in the interim?
And therein lies the biggest problem for the Bills over the last 20 years from my perspective… the constant churn of coaches keeping Buffalo from having a solid plan in place long enough to see it through. Hopefully, this time they got it right.
By sheer random occurrences in the universe one would think the Bills would have stumbled into a winner at the head coaching position by now. You have to be exceptionally unlucky to be consistently this bad (missing playoffs 17 years) for so long. Mind-boggling, isn’t it?
As we mourn the loss of Buffalo’s entire 2013 draft class, we can only hope this draft will result in the selection of players who will not only contribute to success on the field, but will bring a sense of pride back to a franchise and fan base in dire need of hope for the future.
Will this be the year we look back upon as the one that turned the Bills’ fortunes around? Hit us up with your thoughts in the comment section. Thanks, and happy drafting :)
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