GM: Buddy Nix
1993-2000 – Regional scout for the Buffalo Bills
2000 – 2001 – Director of Pro Personnel San Diego Chargers
2001 – 2008 – Assistant GM San Diego Chargers
2009 – Present – GM Buffalo Bills
Head Coach:Chan Gailey
1996 – 1997 – Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator
1998 – 1999 – Dallas Cowboys Head Coach
2000 – 2001 – Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator
2002 – 2007 – Georgia Tech Head Coach
2008 Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator
2010 – present – Head Coach Buffalo Bills
Draft Tendencies :
Athletic Quarterbacks: Chan Gailey loves athletic QBs he drafted Kordell Stewart in 1995 with the Steelers (in the secondround).
Drafting for Value: While Nix isn’t a slave to the best player available mantra but he will not reach for need if the player is not a good value at the position. In fact, many times when Nix drafted the player they drafted was not a player at what most media considered a need.
Telegraphing Picks: In an age where most GMs are lying through their teeth for months before the draft Nix and Gailey has been beacons of truth. In fact last season Gailey openly said that he wanted “quick-as-a-cat water bugs that are running backs-slash-receivers that might give you a little bit of a punch on the field, maybe make a big play.” last season then the #9 overall was CJ Spiller.
CB : Drayton Florence is a free agent and the Buffalo Bills did not place a tender on him so it is likely that he leave once a CBA is signed.
3-4 DE/4-3 DT: The Bills have said that they will be moving from a pure 3-4 to a 4-3/3-4 hybrid which comes with a different needs at D-Line. Also Marcus Stroud was cut earlier this off season which just deepens the need at this position.
3-4 OLB/4-3 DE: Aaron Maybin is the worst player in the NFL and couldn’t move to the 4-3 end even if he didn’t. The Bills only got 6 sacks out of the OLB position last season if they are going to contend in the division they need to boost the sack numbers.
OT: While Fitzpatrick was not sacked often (24 times in 13 games) last season the Bills really need to sure up that offensive line. Since, trading Jason Peters in 2009 the Bills OLine hasn’t recovered.
TE: The Bills have not gotten much production out of the TE position last season and that position could really use an upgrade.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick was not a problem in Buffalo this season but let us all be honest here he isn’t going to be a long term solution at the QB position if there is a player that could sit for a year or two in the 2ndor 3rd round I could see the Bills developing a guy for another 2-3 years.
Players Who Fit the Profile:
Marcel Darius DE/DT Alabama- If Darius falls past Denver at 2 I think he will easily be the pick for the Bills at #3. Gailey and Nix have come out in the past month and said a few things. “Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the problem.” and “We need to get players who can fit the 3-4 as well as the 4-3.” Darius can play DE in the 3-4 and the NT and UT in the 4-3.
Robert Quinn DE/OLB UNC or DeQuan Bowers DE/OLB Clemson- Just like with Darius Quinn’s ability to play both the 3-4 and the 4-3 will be attractive to the Bills and also fills a major need for them and gives them a much needed Pass Rush.
Patrick Peterson CB LSU - Nix does like to go best player available and CB is also a need as well so I could easily see if Quinn and Darius are gone that Patrick Peterson could easily be the pick.
Cam Newton QB Auburn - Cam Netwon WILL NOT be the pick for the Buffalo Bills even though Newton does fit Gailey’s scheme. Firstly Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the problem and really had to impress Chan Gailey. If the Bills do draft a QB expect to see them take Colin Kaepernick QB, Nevada in round 2/3 or a guy like Tyrod Taylor in day 3 of the draft.