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Oher could have been a Bill

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata isn't the only Ravens player who Buffalo fans have lamented the Bills didn't take.

In the 2009 draft, the Bills passed over offensive tackle Michael Oher in favor of outside linebacker Aaron Maybin the 11th overall choice. Oher was taken by the Ravens 12 slots later.

The difference in the players' career path has been stark. Oher, whose life story was depicted in the movie "The Blind Side,'' has made 22 consecutive starts, including the last six at left tackle. Maybin, a Baltimore native, is looking like a bust. Has no sacks in 19 career games and rarely gets on the field.

Imagine how much better the Bills' offensive line situation would be had they taken Oher, who has the look of a future All-Pro.

Oher actually met with the Bills' front office executives and coaches prior to last year's draft, but apparently the team wasn't interested in his services.

"I heard about it," Oher said of Bills fans' disgust over the team taking Maybin instead of him. "But they picked who they wanted. They picked the best player for them. That was who they drafted."

Ngata also had a pre-draft visit with the Bills before the 2006 draft, but they choose safety Donte Whitner instead. Needless to say, Ngata isn't pouting over the Bills' decision.

"I thought I was going to get picked there,'' Ngata told Baltimore reporters, "but I'm happy now that I'm not."

---Allen Wilson


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