Today marked a disappointing end to a very disappointing season for the Bills. The year started out with so many hopes and dreams but ended with the all too familiar feeling of heartache and despair.
There should be many changes on the horizon including both on the roster and on the coaching staff. A philosophy change on defense may also be coming but we’ll get to all of that in the coming weeks and months as we try our hardest to forget about 2011 and look forward to 2012.
Here is what we do know as of now though, the Bills finished an unacceptable 6-10 that included losing 8 of their last 9. They got beat by every divisional team, and swept by the Dolphins and Jets. We have an emerging dual back threat in Fred Jackson, and CJ Spiller but lack an identity at QB and we have no idea what will happen with our best WR in Steve Johnson who got benched today.
One could reasonable expect lots of roster turnover with a scheme change and even without it Buddy Nix and Doug Whaley need to let players go who aren’t working and get somebody in here who will.
We pick 10th or 11th in this April’s NFL Draft and the first focus must be at addressing the anemic pass rush that left the Bills ranked dead last in the NFL in the sacks category.
With that in mind here are a few of the top pass rush prospects to look at who could fit in either a 34 or 43 scheme;
DE Vinny Curry-Marshall
DE Quinton Coples-UNC
DE/OLB Brandon Jenkins-FSU*
DE/OLB Ronnell Lewis-Oklahoma*
Others are going to want to address the QB position which will be tough with so few top level prospect s available but here are the top guys;
Robert Griffin III-Baylor*
Ryan Tannehill-Texas A&M
And still others are going to want to add a big play wide out and get lucky like the Bengals did with AJ Green. Here are the top WR’s available:
Justin Blackmon-Oklahoma State
Michael Floyd-Notre Dame
No matter the direction the Bills go in, there is no doubt that they will have plenty of options from which to choose.