More speculation that top 3 OTs won't be available to Bills
by Joe Buscaglia,posted Apr 24 2014 3:15PM
Considered by many to be one of the top needs of the Buffalo Bills and a favorite position of many a mock drafter, offensive tackle has been a big part of the discussion for Doug Whaley and Doug Marrone's crew.
The prevailing opinion is that Auburn's Greg Robinson, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews and Michigan's Taylor Lewan make up the top three at the position before there is a big dropoff. Before Thursday, it was widely expected that an offensive tackle would be there for Buffalo at ninth overall.
In one day alone, two seperate draft analysts have expressed the high probability that the top three tackles could all be gone within the first eight picks, meaning the Bills would have to trade up if they wanted one.
“I just think these three tackles are top 10, and to be honest with you, I'll be surprised if one of them is still sitting there when the Bills pick,” he said. “I think they're that good. History shows that one of them should be there [at 9]. To me, they're better than the ninth pick in the draft, all three of them, based on the other players in this year's draft.”
Later that day, ESPN's Todd McShay released the newest and updated version of his mock draft. In it, he has all three offensive tackles gone by the sixth pick. McShay has Robinson going to St. Louis at second overall, Matthews to Oakland with the fifth pick and Lewan to Atlanta at sixth overall.
To be fair, McShay's newest version was a bit different than most of his previous mocks. Rather than projecting who he thought the team would pick, he made the selections as if he were the GM of each team. He even included a disclaimer in the opening paragraph:
"The picks you see below are the players I would choose if making the picks for each team, not what I'm necessarily expecting to happen on draft night."
So perhaps the idea that all three tackles would be gone was part of McShay's exercise. That was blown to smithereens with what he told ESPN's Mike Rodak.
With 2 weeks until the draft, @McShay13 believes there is less than a 5 percent chance that Robinson, Lewan or Matthews will be left at No 9
With some fans on the fence about the idea that the Bills might go for a tackle, this will likely be the best news of the day. That would certainly move offensive skill players down the board and remove temptation to take a tackle with the ninth pick.
Whether or not it actually happens though remains to be seen. By the way, there's still two more weeks of speculation like this on the way.