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Post-draft holes: AFC East

Bills need O-line help, and everyone else needs assistance on defense

Originally Published: May 5, 2010
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Ryan/Brady/Marshall US Presswire, AP PhotoThese three elements of the AFC East are fairly locked in. What about the gaps, though?

How this works: Back on Feb. 16, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders penned this piece on pre-draft needs for AFC East squads. With the draft done -- check Mel Kiper Jr.'s grades here and Todd McShay's grades here -- FBO revisits the AFC East as May begins.

Buffalo Bills: Offensive line

The Bills went into the draft with holes up and down their roster. Among other needs, they could have used a quarterback, a wide receiver, a nose tackle and a bevy of offensive linemen. A month ago, we named the offensive line as the team's biggest need, figuring that better blocking would not only help the team win more games in 2010, but also would keep any promising quarterback prospect alive and well for years to come.

The Bills apparently disagreed, taking Clemson running back C.J. Spiller with the draft's ninth pick, then focusing on defensive line (Central Florida's Torell Troup and Arkansas State's Alex Carrington) and wide receiver (Connecticut's Marcus Easley) in the next three rounds. Only in the fifth round, 140 picks into the draft, did they address their offensive line, selecting Virginia Tech tackle Edward Wang. They added Iowa tackle Kyle Calloway in the seventh round.


Some people think the Jets are a sleeper for 2010. Some people think the Patriots, as always, could be elite. What are the holes there? And with Brandon Marshall in the fold, what could stop the Fins? Go get all this info, if you're an ESPN Insider.