Buffalo GM Buddy Nix Says the Bills Need Tackles

Bills General Manager Buddy Nix would like to pick up a couple of offensive tackles, a cornerback or two, a speed receiver, a linebacker and a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft according to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News.

“I don’t care how many draftniks think that’s where we’re going and that’s the best pick for us,” Nix told reporters at the Bills’ annual predraft luncheon. “If that’s not the guy we’ve got rated there, we won’t take him.”

“We need tackles,” Nix said. “But I’m gonna make this clear. We think Chris Hairston can play left tackle for us and win. He did it. He went in there. Everybody says [Ryan Fitzpatrick] gets the ball out quick, and that’s true. But we run a lot of empty sets. There’s five blockers. If they bring six, he’d better get it out quick or he’s gonna get hit in the mouth. In this offense, he’s gotta get it out quick. Chris Hairston, he may not be the prettiest foot athlete, but he’s got so much length that he can protect the back side. We feel he can do that.”

On the other hand, Nix acknowledged: “We did all these studies on left tackles and where they were drafted. There’s a high percentage of them that’s drafted in the top 10 — left tackles. Other guys you find. Again, don’t read into that. But most of the starters in this league, especially Pro Bowlers, were taken in the first eight or nine picks.”

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