- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Would the Buffalo Bills select a guard with the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft?
According to Bills general manager Buddy Nix, they may not have a big enough need to select that position in the first round of next week's NFL draft.
“Not at all. Not at all,” said Nix, according to the Bills website. ”I know people have said we’re taking one of those top two guards. Our roster in house is better than I think we get credit for especially offensive line. We’re pretty deep there. We’ve got six guards and we think a couple of them can play.”
It’s easy to point out guard as a need for Buffalo. The Bills lost their best guard -- Andy Levitre -- to free agency, as well as top backup Chad Rinehart. Also, Alabama’s Chance Warmack and North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper are considered two of the top guard prospects of the past several years.
In addition to praising Buffalo’s guard depth, Nix also talked up Warmack and Cooper this week.
“Now having said all that before you write that we’re not going to take a guard at N0. 8, it’s hard to pass up two players like the old boy at Alabama and the kid at North Carolina,” Nix said. “Both of those are great players, so you have to give that a lot of thought when they come up.”
It still doesn’t sound like Buffalo will take a guard at No. 8. But a week before the draft you cannot believe half of what you hear from teams. Anything could be a smokescreen.