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The Bills White Russell Bodine Jerseys , Bengals, and Ravens all expressed interest in trading up for Ford."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNFL DraftNotesBuffalo Bills NFL Draft CoverageBuffalo Bills had competition for OT Cody FordNew,85commentsThe Bills, Bengals, and Ravens all expressed interest in trading up for Ford.EDTShareTweetShareShareBuffalo Bills had competition for OT Cody FordDespite adding six offensive linemen during a busy free agency period, the Buffalo Bills weren’t done overhauling their o-line, trading up in the second round to select Oklahoma standout Cody Ford with the No. 38 overall selection Friday evening in Nashville, Tenn. The Bills traded up two spots from the 40th pick to acquire Ford, a mauler and one of the best and most complete offensive tackles available in the draft. The Bills dealt the 40th pick and pick No. 158 (fifth round) to the Oakland Raiders in the trade. Turns out, the Bills weren’t alone in their admiration of Ford. A pair of AFC North rivals, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals Russell Bodine Jerseys 2019 , also expressed an interest in trading up in the second round to select the versatile Ford, who can play multiple positions on the offensive line. The Ravens, who didn’t have a selection until No. 85 (third round), deemed the price of trading back into the second round as too steep. Same for the Bengals, who held onto pick No. 42 but didn’t want to give up either their fourth- or fifth-round picks in a trade for Ford. “We had a very good grade on Cody,” Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane said. “We even looked into late last night potentially getting into the end of the first, but it was a little rich for us. We felt like we would be giving up too many assets to do that. We made some calls, and fortunately, he was there to make that move with Oakland and pick him up.”The Bills made their move to acquire Ford after seeing two other premier tackle prospects—Florida’s Jawaan Taylor and Mississippi’s Greg Little—get drafted earlier in the second round. The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up from No. 38 to No. 35 to draft Taylor, while the Carolina Panthers moved up from pick No. 47 to 37 to draft Little. By parting with the pick Buffalo received in the AJ McCarron trade with the Raiders, Buffalo was able to leapfrog another tackle-hungry team White Phillip Gaines Jerseys , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to land Ford. ”It was starting to get thin,” Beane said of the tackle market. “We honestly thought when Carolina traded right in front of us, tackle was one of their needs as well. They went with a tackle, they just wanted a different tackle. We felt fortunate to get Cody.”Next read: The NFL is in full offseason mode, and after a brief opening statement on the Super Bowl, we dive into your Buffalo Bills questions. This week, we tackle the roster building question about which place is better for roster building; free agency or the NFL Draft. It’s our featured question of the week below the podcast player.We also tackle questions this week on who will be a surprising veteran cut by the Bills this offseason, what would have to happen for Sean McDermott to be on the hot seat in 2020, who might have been the Bills coach in 2017 if McDermott was hired by the Cleveland Browns, the job Kim and Terry Pegula have done as owners Phillip Gaines Jerseys 2019 , and the possibility of adding troubled but talented running back Kareem Hunt. As always, you can call us at 716-508-0405 to leave your question about the Bills. That line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—so call any time! You can tweet us @RumblingsQandA, email us at BuffaloRumblings@SBNation.com, or leave a comment in this week’s show notes on BuffaloRumblings.com.Subscribe now!Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Art 19Featured question of the week“Which position are the Buffalo Bills most likely to handle in free agency instead of waiting for the 2019 NFL Draft?”While this is an open-ended question, I think the answer is pretty straightforward: center. General manager Brandon Beane has been talking about a veteran presence at center since the Senior Bowl. He wants that experienced anchor to the offensive line to help out Josh Allen in setting protections and solidifying the middle of the line, allowing them to potentially place inexperienced players at both guard spots.Let’s look at the track record for Beane:In September of 2017, just a few months after Beane took over as GM, he signed Eric Wood to a contract extension even though he had time remaining on his current deal.After Wood abruptly retired due to injury, Beane signed a four-year starter who had never missed a game as a pro; Russell Bodine.In Carolina, Beane watched as Ryan Kalil was named All-Pro twice and wne to the Pro Bowl five times. He earned several contract extensions with the Panthers White Marshall Newhouse Jerseys , playing 12 years.Centers have been important for teams Beane has been on and he has ponied up the money for them time and time again. With that being said, only two guys are clear upgrades over Bodine; Matt Paradis and Mitch Morse.Paradis is recovering from a broken leg, but had made 57 consecutive starts for the Denver Broncos prior to that. He’s expected the be the crown jewel of the center class, and he is used to the weather of Denver (and Idaho, his home state). If Buffalo ponies up the money, they might be a team that can attract him.Buffalo coach Sean McDermott should have some connection to Morse through Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Not quite as durable as Paradis, Morse has been almost as good of a player when he stays in the lineup. He’s started 49 games over four seasons, playing in only 18 games over the last two years. Morse is more than three years younger than Paradis, which could also factor into the conversation.The rest of the center class have major injury problems, blocking problems, intelligence problems Marshall Newhouse Jerseys 2019 , or some combination of the three. At best, they are an even swap with Bodine, so there’s little point in adding them.If they want a solid center who is a clear upgrade over Bodine and doesn’t need time to adjust to the NFL, they need to grab one of these two guys. Even if it’s Paradis for three years to shepherd the young Allen from inexperienced to a veteran, it will be worth it.Show notes:Upgrading at the center positionList of centers available in free agencyList of centers available in the 2019 NFL DraftSurprise veteran cutsBills roster and cap hitsHere’s the contract page for my answer (LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!)List of available players at that positionMoreCleveland Browns decision-makers wanted Sean McDermott - except their ownerNFL.com report on Kareem Hunt likely being suspended for more than six gamesRemember, you can call us at 716-508-0405 to leave your question about the Bills. That line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—so call any time! You can tweet us @RumblingsQandA, email us at BuffaloRumblings@SBNation.com, or leave a comment in this week’s show notes on BuffaloRumblings.com.
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