Rookies To Watch

The Bills have struggled in the draft in the past 10 years to say the least. They have taken the likes of Aaron Maybin and J.P. Losman both of whom are currently unemployed. It has not only been the team’s first round picks that have haunted them, they have had very little success finding the hidden gems in later rounds as well. As we are all well aware of the key to building a winning franchise in the salary cap era is to draft well. This needs to turn around quickly if the Bills expect to make their first trip to the playoffs since 1999.

With their first pick in the years draft the Bills decided to take the defensive lineman they have been missing for quite few years now. With the selection of Marcell Dareus, Buffalo is attempting to improve a run defense that was one of the NFL’s worst in 2010. So far in preseason Dareus has looked promising. If Dareus could make an impact immediately it would dramatically change the face of the Bills defense. Buddy Nix displayed his emphasis on drafting defense by going with a cornerback in the second round and a linebacker in the third. With the 2nd pick of the 2nd round the Bills called Aaron Williams’ name. Williams entered training camp with the opportunity to win a starting cornerback position. It looks as if he will be seeing time as the teams nickelback to start the season, not a bad scenario for a rookie. Kelvin Sheppard, ILB out of LSU has not seen the same success. Sheppard has been battling a hamstring issue since the beginning of training camp and was unable to participate in any preseason games, this does not bode well for a rookie taken in the 3rd round. The remainder of the Bills picks do not seem as though they will be contributing much this season outside of special teams. One positive in the late rounds was 4th round pick Chris Hairston Offensive Tackle who played his college ball at Clemson. Hairston has the size at 6’6″ 335 pounds to be a dominant offensive tackle, but it is still up in the air whether or not he has the footwork to play at the professional level.

The most important aspect to fielding a winning team begins with the draft. The Bills are optimistic that this is their year luck changes for them. Marcell Dareus may just be the guy that makes the difference. Keep an eye on him Bills fans, you could have something special.

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