Stacked Against the Pick:
Dec. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of Buffalo Bills helmets before a game against the St. Louis Rams at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sportsi
The Buffalo Bills are definitely a team that has struggled and is definitely trying to revamp their team to try and contend in the AFC East. This very well can be a situation where Long is the type of player they may want but his injury’s may scare some teams off. His injuries haven’t forced him too many games, but one thing for sure is the way he plays the injury’s are sure taking a toll on his body. Almost every season he had to have surgery due to the effects of his physical style of play. There is no question that he is a very underrated talent and could potentially be a steal in this month’s NFL Draft.
There may be an issue though, will his history of injuries scare some teams off? That can definitely be the case here with the Bills who want to be safe; While the Bills need to improve their entire team this off-season, they need to be very careful on who they pick because they can’t afford to miss on a lot of guys. As the Seattle Seahawks showed us, you can find very good players in the later rounds, but it’s hard to do that if you miss on players a lot like the Bills have been known to do.
The Perfect Storm:
The Bills are a team that need to improve this season drastically. The Perfect Storm in this scenario is having Geno Smith slip and fall to them with the 8th pick and then addressing the outside linebacker need by drafting Travis Long. This would definitely be a very smart move because Long is underrated and has a high motor and can play multiple positions if needed. This would address both needs and would be very beneficial for the Bills franchise.
Likelihood Long Gets Drafted by the Bills:
B (4th Round)