Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Cover LBs on Buffalo's draft radar?
By Tim Kavanagh
Due to the fact that the Buffalo Bills are going to have to figure out a way to contain Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez twice per season for the next few years, finding effective coverage-capable LBs is an important step in their ongoing revitalization. As it turns out, there are a few players in this year's draft class that could step right in to such a role -- either in situational fashion, or as a three-down player -- should the Bills choose to invest a pick on that spot.
Over on BuffaloBills.com, Chris Brown identified three such players: Georgia's Alec Ogletree, Rutgers' Khaseem Greene and Southern Mississippi's Jamie Collins, expected to go in the first, second and third rounds, respectively.
All three prospects moved to LB from safety, so the fact that they have coverage skills is not a shock. Whether that ability transfers to their work at the NFL level remains to be seen. Whoever does fill the role for Buffalo in 2013 will certainly have their hands full: in addition to the two games against New England, the Bills also have New Orleans (Jimmy Graham), Cincinnati (Jermaine Gresham), Pittsburgh (Heath Miller) and Atlanta (possibly Tony Gonzalez) on the schedule.