Once again it's time for our weekly Q&A Session. Up this week is Brian Bund from Buffalo Wins.
1. A lot of people pre-draft had the Bills selecting OLB Von Miller out of Teas A&M. So, what were your thoughts when DE Marcell Dareus fell into their lap?
The interesting aspect of the pre-draft buildup is how much things changed over the course of a couple months. Back in January it was pretty much a given that Andrew Luck, Da’quan Bowers and Nick Fairley were going in the top 3 picks. We all saw how that turned out. As the draft process headed through March and into April, more analysts predicted that Von Miller from Texas A&M would end up on the Bills. It wasn’t until that last week that it was introduced that Denver would take him ahead of the Bills, meaning Marcell Dareus would be available. With all things considered I think the Bills are extremely lucky to have gotten Dareus. He’s going to match up well on the defensive line with Kyle Williams and is versatile enough to play in a 3 or 4-man front while taking up multiple blockers. He did not put up the huge sack numbers like Miller, but after a season of possessing the league’s worst rush defense it was an obvious need. After two Buddy Nix drafts it is easy to see what his goals were for the team. They spent a majority of their early round picks getting bigger and more physical on the front seven. If last year’s picks Alex Carrington and Torrell Troup can continue to improve, the defensive line rotation could end up being a surprising position of strength.
2. What do you think of Aaron Williams? Can he make an impact in the secondary right away with his first round talent?
Many people looked at the corner as a position of limited need for the Bills, but the truth of the matter is there was a lot of uncertainty about how the secondary would look heading into 2011. Terrence McGee has been dealing with injuries, Drayton Florence is a free agent and Leodis McKelvin has struggled to find his consistency. Depending on what the Bills do with bringing back Drayton Florence and Terrence McGee’s health, I would expect Aaron Williams to definitely have every opportunity to see significant playing time as a rookie. I would at least expect him to get some opportunities on passing downs in the nickel or dime packages. He’s a big corner at 6’0” and 204lbs so his size may allow the Bills to try and address their inability to cover the tight end position effectively as well. He’s not your total ball hawk cornerback (4 career INTs), but again reinforces the notion of getting more physical against the run. Mel Kiper said he graded Williams the highest rated tackling cornerback he’s seen in years. I would definitely expect to see him make an impact this season and Bills fans love corners that can come up and tackle (Antoine Winfield especially).