Wednesday, April 7, 2010
McShay: Draft could turn on Buffalo's pick
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay believes the Buffalo Bills own the pivotal pick in the upcoming draft.
The Bills hold the ninth selection, and that's where McShay predicts Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will be in the spotlight.
McShay forecasts the Washington Redskins will begin a run of offensive tackles with Oklahoma State's Russell Okung at No. 4. The Bills happen to need one of those. But four of the tackles (Okung, Iowa's Bryan Bulaga, Rutgers' Anthony Davis and Maryland's Bruce Campbell) might already be off the board by the time the Bills are put on the clock.
Will there be a tackle worth taking over Clausen?
"Here's where it gets interesting: No. 9. This is the spot," McShay says. "If you're in the Clausen camp, you have to hope that these four offensive tackles come off the board.
"I think the Bills should go with an offensive tackle, but if all four are off the board, then I think Jimmy Clausen finally comes off the board at No. 9. That seems to be the spot. If not, it could be a long fall for him."
McShay then explains Clausen could plummet because teams in the bottom half of the draft have much greater needs than quarterback, creating a situation similar to the one former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn experienced in 2007.