Originally posted by backontop:
Hopefully sign a RG to protect Alex Smith
Completely agree - a talented, experienced RG would complete our OL and get us that much further this upcoming season. Buffalo has a surplus of talent on the OL, particularly at the G position. Below in bold are two top rated guards from Buffalo that are available, although they're both RFAs. I'm just not sold on Kilgore taking over yet with no NFL experience or taking another guard in the first round and expecting that pick to jump right in to solidify our very good, improving OL. The game is won in the trenches, and you've got to have a great OL with some experience in it. We're that
close to being a Super Bowl team...a very good RG away, IMO.
Here's info on Buffalo's RFA guards from a free agency blog:
There are two young OG's that the Buffalo Bills currently have on a RFA tender. They are Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart. Both are younger guys, at 26 years old, but both are incredibly underrated and just coming into their primes. According to our friends at Pro Football Focus (@ProFootballFocus for you twitter heads), both Urbik and Rinehart were among the top 10 guards (with at least 200 snaps) in pass blocking efficiency. In fact, Urbik ranked #1 and Rinehart #4. Combined, Urbik and Rinehart allowed only 12 pressures in 785 snaps. I spoke a bit with Pro Football Focus today about the OG's, and was informed that it would take a 3rd rounder for either guard. Buffalo may not be able to keep both of them.