By Patrick Karraker @PatrickKarraker on April 10, 2014
The Buffalo Bills have continued to significantly revamp their roster this offseason. After adding to both their offense and defense through free agency, they will look to find some defensive personnel to fit new coordinator Jim Schwartz’s 4-3 scheme, while possibly looking for some offensive difference makers. Here are five players that the Bills could consider on Day 3 of the draft.
Buffalo has loaded up on outside linebackers this offseason, but they don’t really have a true middle ‘backer who can be counted on to back up Brandon Spikes. Jackson would provide that presence while also serving as a core special teamer.
Buffalo is not highly stocked with traditional defensive ends after running Mike Pettine’s scheme, which de-emphasized the position. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Westbrooks would change that, providing a power rushing presence. He may be capable of being a legitimate contributor sooner than later.
Eric Wood is the only dedicated center on the Bills’ roster, so they may want to find him a backup who they can develop in the event that Wood goes down. Larsen is big and athletic and could eventually project as a starter if he receives quality coaching.
The heavy-hitting Darby was one of the biggest snubs from the NFL combine, but that shouldn’t prevent him from being drafted. He served mostly as a traditional strong safety in college, but at the East-West Shrine Game, Darby showed that he also has some playmaking ability. Given that Buffalo lost Jairus Byrd, Darby would be good to have around for depth and as a possible special teams contributor.
Buffalo could use some sturdy rotational defensive tackles to complement Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, and the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Coleman would be a good fit. He moves well laterally, can play both the one and three-technique positions, and is a very good run defender. If selected, he could make an immediate impact as a role player.
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