Bills Draft Preview 2011 - Go Defense

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 12:39 AM EDT

By WKBW News

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 12:39 AM EDT

I love the weeks leading up to the NFL draft. I love the speculation. I love the debate. I love the smokescreens. It's fun to watch Buddy Nix work. He will tell you to believe only 10 percent of what he says this time of year. I believe him, if that makes any sense.

I've spent the last couple of weeks putting together our 2011 draft preview special (which airs Wednesday at 7pm on Channel 7) and I've come to one conclusion. Few outside of Nix, and VP Director of College Scouting Tom Modrak truly know which way the Bills are leaning with the third overall pick.

I spoke with ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay on Monday. (which will air in the special) He, like many, expect Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton to be the first overall pick by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.


I know the talk on Newton. I know he's a tremendous athlete with tremendous upside. I know many believe the reward may outweigh the risk when it comes to his past. And I guess I would trust Chan Gailey as an evaluator of QB's if the Bills believed Newton was a franchise guy. Still I hope the Bills don't have Newton as an option at three because popular belief is that they'd jump at the chance.

It would be a tough sell to convince me that defense isn't the way to go with the third overall pick. Add to the pass rush with Texas A&M OLB Von Miller, bolster the run defense with Alabama DE Marcell Dareus. Heck, surprise people and take LSU CB Patrick Peterson if he's there. ADD TO THE DEFENSE! You know the unit that ranked 28th overall in 2010, that gave up almost 170 yards a game on the ground, that struggled to get to the quarterback. Go defense at three and then if you want a QB to develop under Ryan Fitzpatrick why not take a look at Christian Ponder out of Florida State at 34.

We sort through it all on our Bills 2011 Draft Preview Wednesday night at 7pm on Channel 7. We'll go one-on-one with Buddy Nix, and Todd McShay. Plus we'll be joined by the editor of Chris Brown, and Rich Gaenzler of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network for a round table debate. See you then.