The player you most want to join the Buffalo Bills will likely be wearing a different team’s hat tomorrow. It’s not to hurt your feelings, probably. Speculating is almost as fun as the draft. Growing attached to young men fresh out of college is how we kill time until the selection process. Unrealistic expectations for those actually here is how we do so afterward.
Allegiance to guys who are statistically unlikely to join our beloved team is why we build up the draft. We may as well daydream. I feel bad for non-Buffalo players who only get the cap and never the New Era company tour. Those fortunate enough to start calling the area home can’t really say no, so they’re hopefully as excited as we are. Sure, it hasn’t happened this century. But these could be the rookies who improve our lot.
Relief at hiring a couple new guys must be tempered by mathematical limitation. It would be great if each draftee could play three or four positions. The most urgent area of need is as hard to determine as the identity of the best player available. The debate is a little too vigorous, with multiple sides making valid points.
The discussion wouldn’t be as fascinating the Bills if they only needed minor renovations. While I wish there were fewer glaring roster holes, arguing about where they’re the worst has helped pass the time. It’s almost kind of this team to provide a way for us to bicker away the months.
Many teams position defenders between passes and intended receivers, at least in theory. Cornerbacks are commonly deployed in this pass-happy era, and Buffalo should get with the times.
They at least need to replace who left, as this defense doesn’t possess the quantity to think about quality. Rebellion fans are well aware the Bills let Stephon Gilmore escape to the Death Star, which is the opposite of how it goes in the movie. I’m sorry for the spoilers. Mike Gillislee makes sure he doesn’t have to go through Stormtrooper training camp alone.
Opposition to replacing Buffalo’s former best corner with the first possible chance is systematic. The primary coverage is now provided by the Sean McDermott’s zone scheme, not the player. A great cover man who gets safety help will never get out of second gear. A defense can’t be too good at the position or have too many decent players regardless of the alignment. But this is a club with other needs and safety help.
Nothing has dissuaded me from yelling at the screen to add a wide receiver first. It’s not just because, you know, they need one. More options would at least make games exciting. Fans have been tired of intermittent touchdowns ever since Drew Bledsoe’s first half-season as a Bill. A catcher would be nice so they don’t have to win pitchers’ duels.
Rushers want receivers, too. Relieving the ground burden would be a step toward modernity. Even if these old-school warriors stick with the contrarian pounding attack, they need at least half another aspect. If nothing else, management should want to remove any excuses for Tyrod Taylor. It’s not that he’d make them, but there’s no need to keep the option available.
Anyone entranced with particular prospects gets to see in a few hours if their dreamboat’s coming to town. Wish the new guys the best even if they’re not your first choice. Football fans must remember that general managers are supposed to know more than fans, even if it hasn’t always seemed that way with the Bills. Both McDermott and the guy who technically still holds the title better have watched more film than us.
We can’t be too upset if they go in a different direction, although I reserve the right to pout. It is their job to know more than us. Trusting that it’s true is harder in practice.
However, that assumption is invalidated if they go for a quarterback first. That would be like, say, drafting Willis McGahee or C.J. Spiller when they didn’t need a running back, and mistakes are even more painful without learning from them. Pretending they’re interested in replacing Tyrod instead of arming him is supposed to be a psyche-out. The Bills can’t let it work so well that even they fall for it.
At least there will be less math by Saturday night. The permutations that go beyond the capacity to calculate make mock drafts as accurate as lottery forecasting. Enjoy them as entertainment. Blame how hard it is to think like football executives. Trying to figure out what each team finds valuable is like picking one topping for a sheet pizza that feeds 32. You know Jacksonville wants to ruin it with pineapple.
Predictors mistakenly presume that general managers act rationally. Many ostensible football executives are as poor at their jobs as the bums they sign. That’s especially true if they’re picking early, as they’ve suffered through poor seasons for the opportunity. They have to suddenly do better than they’ve proven they can before. More options might simply confuse them.
It would be nice if the Bills would prove they’re not part of the outcasts. They can start by addressing a need with a pick that’s a reward for their latest forgettable season. Find a valuable former college player who can prove it as a rookie. A first-year coach can’t wait until 2019 to get contributions.