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Wednesday May 3, 2006 3:10 am

AFC EAST Draft Grade: Buffalo Bills

Donte WhitnerBuffalo Bills logo2005 Record: 5-11
Points For: 271
Points Against: 367
Rushing Yards PG: 100.4
Rushing Yards Allowed PG: 137.8
Passing Yards PG: 157.2
Passing Yards Allowed PG: 205.7
Drafted:
1.8 (8) - Donte Whitner, S, Ohio St.   
1.26 (26) - John McCargo, DT, N.C. State (from Chicago) 
3.6 (70) - Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio St. (from Tennessee) 
4.8 (105) - Ko Simpson, S, South Carolina  
5.1 (134) - Kyle Williams, DT, LSU (from Houston) 
5.10 (143) - Brad Butler, T, Virginia  
6.9 (178) - Keith Ellison, LB, Oregon St.   
7.8 (216) - Terrance Pennington, OT, New Mexico  
7.40 (248) - Aaron Merz, OG, California (Compensatory Selection)
Comments:
The Bills offense left something to be desired last season and ideally it would have been wise to go offense here, but talent level in the first round were on the other side of the ball as 19 of the 32 picks in the round were on defensive players! 

However, the Bills could have done a lot better than Whitner who did not project #8 overall at all by anyone.  It’s safe to say that the pick was a stretch.  However, I guess the pick was more to fill in a safety spot in Dick Jauron’s Tampa Two defensive scheme than anything else.  And it’s not like Whitner doesn’t have the goods, it’s just that he doesn’t have Top Ten goods and the Bills missed out on some other talented defensive players that could have helped them.

I personally like the McCargo pick, despite the lack of size factor.  However, collectively, the value picks for the Bills were in the third and fourth rounds with Youboty, who should play the nickel, and Simpson, who could be a steal in the fourth.  Both should do well in the T2.  Williams is a gamer who won’t get in the game as much, but when he does, he’ll be around the ball somewhere.  Butler should be a solid offensive lineman, either on the right side (where he played in college) or the left side (unfortunately, he played with someone named D’Brickashaw) where some say he can easily adapt to in the NFL.  Ellison is a serviceable linebacker.  Pennington and Merz have some limitations as offensive linemen.
ENDSCORE GRADE:  C

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