The Buffalo Bills held their pre-draft news conference on Wednesday. General manager Buddy Nix addressed the team's need at left tackle but also gave a vote of confidence to inexperienced backup Chris Hairston.
"We need tackles, but we think Chris Hairston can play left tackle for us and win," Nix said, according to the team‘s website. "People say Fitz [Ryan Fitzpatrick] gets the ball out quick, but we run our offense with a lot of empty sets, with five blockers and if they bring six he better get it out. In this offense he has to get it out quick. Chris Hairston might not be the prettiest foot athlete that he can protect the back side. We’ve got [Erik] Pears and Sam Young is coming off of knee surgery. So we’ve only got three. We’d like to have two more."
Is this a clue where Buffalo is looking in the first round? Perhaps.
I think the Bills ideally would like a left tackle at No. 10. But it's just a matter of whether the Bills are completely sold on former Iowa tackle Riley Reiff. If not, there will be plenty of good prospects who can help Buffalo.
If the front office and coaching staff believe Hairston can do the job, it may be better to help another position.