By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on April 16, 2014
The Buffalo Bills finished their first season under head coach Doug Marrone with a 6-10 record. The team will need to upgrade at several positions through the NFL Draft in order to have a chance at competing in a tough AFC East division in 2014. The Bills hold the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Here are five Buffalo Bills rumors you need to know about.
Though defensive ends Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes combined for 23 sacks last year, the Bills are still thin at the defensive end position. Hughes is best slotted as a situational pass rusher, and outside of Williams, Hughes and the newly signed Jarius Wynn, the Bills have little in terms of depth at the position. The Bills will address defensive end at some point in the draft.
The Buffalo Bills hold the No. 9 overall pick, and there is little doubt that the team's most pressing needs are at tackle and tight end. The Bills need a more consistent right tackle, as Erik Pears is not getting the job done as the starter at RT. Scott Chandler is slotted as the starting tight end, but the team needs a bigger playmaker at the position than what they have in him.
The Bills will draft either an offensive tackle or a tight end with their first pick. Eric Ebron is the draft's top tight end and will be the first player at his position off the board. Ebron stands at over 6-foot-4 and had nearly 1,000 yards receiving for the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2013. Though Scott Chandler led the team in receiving in 2013, he had just one red zone catch all season long. Ebron is an immediate upgrade at the position.
If the Bills decide to choose playmaking tight end over the need of a right tackle to protect QB EJ Manuel in the first round, they will draft an offensive tackle in the second round. That's where North Dakota State's Billy Turner comes into play. Turner is projected to be a second or third round draft pick. At 6-foot-5 and 315-pounds, Turner has experience starting at both right and left tackle.
If the Bills decide that tackle is a more pressing need than tight end, the team will draft a right tackle with the No. 9 overall pick. They could go in a number of directions, with Texas A&M's Jake Matthews and Michigan's Taylor Lewan the most likely options at the No. 9 overall selection. The Bills need to protect E.J. Manuel in his second year, as the QB was sidelined twice by knee injuries in his rookie season.
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