Thursday, April 26, 2012
Will Bills move up for OT Matt Kalil?
By James Walker
The Buffalo Bills are in the rumor mill a lot this week leading up to the NFL draft. Just a couple days after being linked to former Alabama safety Mark Barron at No. 10, Charlie Casserly of the NFL Network reports Buffalo is looking to move up the No. 3 to take former USC left tackle Matt Kalil.
According to the report, Buffalo is willing to trade its first- (No. 10) and second-round (No. 41) picks to the Minnesota Vikings for the No. 3 overall pick. According to ESPN.com's point chart, the third pick (2,220 points) is worth more than the No. 10 (1,300) and No. 41 picks (490) by 410 points. That means the Bills probably have to sweeten the pot by throwing in extra mid-round picks.
Going after Kalil makes sense for the Bills. The team needs a franchise left tackle, and Kalil is clearly the best at his position. But is Kalil worth a first-, second- and, say, a fourth-round pick to move up? Buffalo has other needs to fill such as cornerback, linebacker and wide receiver. That second-round pick is especially valuable to the Bills.
Would you make this trade if you're Bills general manager Buddy Nix? Or would you sit tight at No. 10?
The NFL draft begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET.