The Buffalo Bills showed some nice improvements in the offense last season under new coach Chan Gailey. Coach Gailey did a nice job once again taking a no-name QB in Ryan Fitzpatrick and making him fantasy worthy. Steve Johnson emerged out of no where and even Lee Evans had a bit of a revival. All of the improvements happened with very little impact for expected difference maker C.J. Spiller. There were some definite issues early on but once Marshawn Lynch was traded and Trent Edwards was sent packing things got much better. The Bills still need some work on the offensive line and another playmaker at wide receiver to replace the aging Lee Evans. I will breakdown some of their offensive selecttions in this NFL Draft recap.
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4th Round (122nd Overall) - Chris Hairston - OL
Hairston has all of the qualities teams like to see in offensive lineman in strength, agility and size. He does a nice job in small spaces using his size to his advantage but not good in the open field blocking. Hairston will need to learn more actually blocking techniques to see considerable playing time and is just added depth at this point.
5th Round (133rd Overall)- Johnny White - RB
White is a straight ahead runner who runs tough. His size however is going to be a negative if he wants to continue that running style. White was a decent blocker and showed adequate hands at North Carolina. He is not likely to see much playing time barring injury and seems like a career back-up. Fred Jackson and C.J, Spiller will be the go-to backs in the running game and third down situations.
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The Bills did absolutely nothing to improve their offense this coming year in the draft. Buffalo did some nice things in the second half of the season but still could have use some upgrading on the offensive line. All of their attention went to a defense that in particular struggled vs. the run. The Bills need to hope that C.J. Spiller show much more improvement and that Ryan Fitzpatrick was not just a one year wonder or they can expect to be picking very high again next year as well. All of the eggs are in the Fitzpatrick basket who some believe could be a big mistake.