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Bills go big on Day One

(UPDATED, 11:30 p.m.) Well many Bills fans and Buffalo media have been calling this entire decade for the Bills to "Go Big" in the draft by picking offensive and defensive linemen. They did it on Saturday by drafting trench players with three of the first four picks. Maybe they can get a handle on Vince Wilfork of New England and Kris Jenkins of the Jets once and for all. So bravo for them going big. The question that isn't fully answered at this point is where their second second-round pick, guard Andy Levitre, fits in. Scouting reports suggest his arms aren't long enough to play tackle. At 6 foot 2 he isn't an ideal height for tackle. He's smart, tough and nasty. Most scouts project him as a guard. So how is he going to get on the field the next two years, with Eric Wood at left guard, Geoff Hangartner at center and Brad Butler at right guard? We'll have to find out more about that question on Sunday. But here's one scenario: Hangartner looks like a good signing but let's face it, he's not a blue chipper. They probably don't want to start two rookies side by side in the middle of the line. So Levitre sees spot duty this year, fills in if there are injuries and provides good depth. Then in 2010 the Bills have a major stud starting at center (Wood) and a major stud at guard (Levitre) and Hangartner provides veteran backup at both spots. The days of getting stuffed on third and one are over. Plausible? We'll see.

---Mark Gaughan


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