The Buffalo Bills found a way to break their playoff drought this season, despite having, on paper, one of their least talented rosters in a long time.  Despite their success, the Bills still have a lot of holes to fill, another one just opening up with Eric Wood’s sudden retirement.

These are my biggest draft needs for the Buffalo Bills.

Quarterback

I think we all can agree, and I think the Bills front office would as well, that the Bills answer at quarterback isn’t on the roster.  Tyrod Taylor had an up and down season, but proved once again that he’s more of a game manager, and is unable to keep up with the league’s high powered offenses.  Nathan Peterman struggled greatly in his limited time on the field, and did nothing to earn a serious look at the starting job.  With plenty of draft capital, the Bills may have a chance to move up if need be, and this may be the year to do it with such a loaded QB class.  Until the Bills get a franchise signal caller, they won’t truly compete with the NFL’s elites, and that should be the goal of this year’s draft.

Defensive Tackle

People wanted to tell themselves the Marcell Dareus trade was a positive for the Bills, but I’m not buying that.  Dareus may not have been the dominant player he once was this season, but he still demanded double teams, and the Bills rush defense declined in a major way after his departure.  Now, the Bills must fill his spot, and possibly Kyle Williams’ spot, who is unsure on retirement.  If Williams does indeed retire, the Bills will be almost forced to use one of their first two picks on the interior of their line.

Running Back

For everyone’s mental health, lets hope Mike Tolbert never receives another carry again for the Bills.  The Bills depth behind LeSean McCoy is severely lacking, and when McCoy came off the field, the Bills offense was a shell of it’s already struggling self.  Most teams have two or three explosive backs, and the Bills are badly handicapped behind McCoy.  Another quality rusher could really help open up the running game, and the offense in general.

Guard/Center

Eric Wood’s retirement hurts the Bills in a big way, as one of their weaker positions just got a whole lot worse.  John Miller hasn’t worked out at RG, Richie Incognito is 34, and nearing the end of his career, and Vlad Ducasse wasn’t anything special when inserted into the starting lineup.  The Bills offensive line is lacking bodies at this point, and they’d be smart to use a few of those later picks on some interior lineman to hopefully protect their new QB.

Linebacker

Preston Brown is a free agent, and it’s unclear whether the Bills will attempt to bring him back or not.  Being the NFL’s leading tackler, Brown will likely come with a decent price tag, and it’s hard to see the Bills bringing him back at a high price.  Ramon Humber is a career special teams player, who struggled as a starter.  Rookie Matt Milano was a pleasant surprise, and looked to be the Bills best all around linebacker.  Sean McDermott’s scheme is very linebacker reliant, and especially if Brown walks, the Bills need some younger players at the position.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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