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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Offensive Tackle

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews is the cream of this year’s offensive tackle crop. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

At least one offensive tackle has been selected among the first 10 selections in every draft but one (2005) since 2000. Premier talents like Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson, who I compared in-depth earlier this draft season, make it a near certainty that the trend will continue this year.

It would not be surprising to see Taylor Lewan join that mix and make this year’s draft the second consecutive with three top-10 offensive tackle selections.

An average of 19 offensive tackles have been selected in the last five drafts. I have draftable grades on 23 tackles this year which is a testament to the depth of this class. Intriguing offensive tackle talents can be found in every round of this year’s draft.


Discussion: What’s Wrong With the Buffalo Bills Offense?

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo offense are struggling this season. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ hopes of making the NFL playoffs in Doug Marrone’s first year as head coach have been all but eliminated after Buffalo fell to 3-7 with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and the poor play of the offense has been the biggest reason why. While the appearance that the unit is going nowhere fast became clear when the Buffalo offense mustered just three points and 147 yards of offense in the first 55 minutes of the 23-10 loss to Pittsburgh, the Bills have left many close games on the table this season thanks to their offensive failures.

Both sustaining drives and finishing drives has been a problem for the Bills, whose offenses has been one of the league’s least efficient. They rank 28th in the NFL by scoring on only 27.8 percent of their offensive drives, and 29th in the NFL with only 4.7 yards gained per offensive play, according to Pro Football Reference. They rank 30th in the NFL with touchdowns on only 42.9 percent of their red-zone opportunities, and 27th in the league in offensive touchdowns with 18 in 10 games, according to

While the defense has had its ups and downs as well, it has held its own for the most part, allowing just 24 touchdowns in 10 games. While there have been 23 points scored against the Bills in each of their seven losses, there have only been more than 27 scored against the Bills twice. The defense’s worst performance came when it allowed five touchdowns to the New Orleans Saints in Week 8 — in two of those losses, against the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, the Bills’ opponent scored multiple non-offensive touchdowns.


Buffalo Bills Right Tackle Chris Hairston Out for Season

Monday, August 26th, 2013

After missing the final four games of last season due to an ankle injury, Hairston will miss the entire 2013 season due to an unspecified lower body injury. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Going into last week, there were already three major position groups of concern for the Buffalo Bills: quarterback, the offensive line and cornerback. The concerns surrounding the Bills at each of those positions have grown in the past three days.

Potential starting quarterback Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion and No. 1 cornerback Stephon Gilmore suffered a fractured wrist in the Bills’ preseason loss to the Washington Redskins on Saturday, and both are expected to miss a significant period of time. Starting right tackle Chris Hairston, however, is officially out for the season.

The Bills placed Hairston on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list Monday, which ends his season. Hairston, who started five games at right tackle and three games at left tackle last season, had not played yet this preseason due to an unspecified lower body injury. He ran into injury issues last season as well, however, missing the final four games of the season due to an ankle injury.


Bills Increase Offensive Line Depth with Antoine Caldwell, Tony Hills On Day 1 of Training Camp

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Antoine Caldwell could factor into the Bills’ left guard competition this summer. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

One of the most intriguing areas of competition to watch at Buffalo Bills training camp, which begins with its opening practice Sunday evening, will be the offensive line. That competition was increased Sunday, prior to the start of practice, with the team’s announced signings of veteran offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell and Tony Hills.

For a team with one wide-open starting spot at left guard, another possible competition at right tackle and a need for solid depth across the line, Caldwell and Hills were brought in to push the players already in place on the roster.

Caldwell has appeared in 39 games with 19 starts over the course of his first four NFL seasons, all with the Houston Texans. All 19 of those starts in Houston came as a right guard, but he has the versatility to play all three spots on the interior offensive line.


2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Offensive Line

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Following Andy Levitre’s departure, second-year left tackle Cordy Glenn will become a leader of the offensive line this season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Offensive line isn’t a sexy position in general, but Buffalo’s offensive line has been unheralded in recent seasons. Last season, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked the team fourth in the league in pass blocking with a +45.2 rating and first in the league in 2011 with a +66.3 rating.

Simply put, the Bills have kept their quarterback upright. In 2012, the Bills ranked 10th in the league with 30 sacks allowed and in 2011, they led the NFL with only 23 sacks allowed.

As for run blocking, the Bills didn’t do as well, according to PFF. In 2012 they ranked 21st in the league with -2.3 rating and 15th in 2011 with a -2.7 rating. Bills running backs however have had their fair share of success, so the offensive line is certainly providing C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson with their fair share of opportunities.

For the Bills line to continue being so effective in 2013, the team will have to adequately replace Andy Levitre, their best lineman over the last two seasons, at left guard. Levitre, of course, left via free agency for the Tennessee Titans.

Can the Bills replace Levitre? Will the team continue to thrive in pass protection? It will all depend on the ability of the team’s returning offensive linemen and new additions to step up.

In the following look at the Bills’ roster of offensive linemen, players are listed under their Buffalo Bills roster position. Players listed simply as “OL” can typically play multiple positions.


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