Saturday, April 24, 2010
Buffalo finally drafts a tackle
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Offensive tackle was an obvious need for the Buffalo Bills entering last year's draft. They had traded two-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters a few days before and didn't have a bona fide replacement on their roster.
Of the eight players they selected, none was to play tackle.
Tackle once again appeared to be a high priority this year. Yet through four rounds, the Bills declined to add one. They finally picked one up in the fifth round, drafting Virginia Tech's Ed Wang 140th overall. He was the 12th tackle off the board, give or take, with some prospects earmarked for guard.
He's the first tackle the Bills have drafted since Demetrius Bell in the seventh round of 2008, a span of 429 selections league-wide.
Wang is the earliest tackle Buffalo has drafted since they took Mike Williams out of Texas fourth overall in 2002. The Bills haven't drafted a tackle earlier than the fifth round since.