NEW YORK — The Bills have taken their share of criticism for poor drafting, which has done plenty to cause them to go 11 consecutive years without a playoff appearance.
This year, they seem to have gotten their first pick right — and it didn’t even require a whole lot of effort on their part.
Essentially, all the Bills had to do was sit tight with the third overall pick and wait for Alabama DT Marcell Dareus, arguably the best player in the draft who also filled their biggest area of need, to come to them.
After the Panthers made Auburn QB Cam Newton the No. 1 pick and the Broncos surprisingly went with Texas A&M LB Von Miller over Dareus at No. 2, the Bills pretty much had a no-brainer.
Of course, after Miller was selected, a number of very skeptical Bills fans weighed in with me via Twitter and text messages to fret over what the team might do.
“Don’t take a quarterback!” was the common plea from Buffalo fans.
Do the Bills eventually need a true franchise signal-caller? Yes. But not now. They can get by reasonably well with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter and his supporting cast of solid playmakers.
They’ll do even better if their atrocious run defense receives the expected boost of the power and strength that Dareus is able to provide. He should do plenty to help elevate the production of other players, such as quick-penetrating DT Kyle Williams, and the Bills’ linebacking corps.
Sometimes things just have a way of turning out well … even when you don’t have to do a whole lot more than wait for them to turn out that way.
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