The Buffalo Bills drafted two offensive linemen in the 2014 NFL Draft between rounds two and five, Cyrus Kouandjio and Cyril Richardson. Between them they have 13 feet of height and 658 pounds, 43 years of life, one first name (Cy), 0 years of experience as linemen in the NFL and a good chance of starting at some point in 2014.
Bigger isn’t guaranteed to be better, but when it comes to offensive linemen it certainly makes life in the trenches easier – that is at least the bet the Bills are making. The roots likely go further back, but for my purposes let’s say this train of thought started with drafting Cordy Glenn in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft. At 6’6″ and 345 pounds, Glenn has quickly become one of the better starters at left tackle in the entire NFL and is one of the biggest.
In the 2013 draft they did not add anyone to the offensive line and made do with the men on their roster. After a disappointing season, they’ve decided to address it once again. So fast forward to the 2014 off-season and they picked up where they left off with Glenn.
First they signed a former first round draft pick in Chris Williams. The 6’6″, 326 lb left guard will likely be a starter coming out of training camp. So the left side of the offensive line should be in good shape. Eric Wood will remain the starting center and that means the right side of the line just needs to be shored up for the Bills to have one of the better starting units in the NFL.
That’s where the two Cys from this year’s draft likely come into play. At RT, Kouandjio should be able to win the starting job. He’ll need to improve in camp, but there should be enough time for coaches to get him doing enough things better that his natural ability and size will allow him to compete against NFL defensive ends every down.
At RG, I think Richardson could become a starter. I know he played LG in college, but he is good enough to make the transition and possibly to start. If not, I could see Williams sliding over and Richardson starting at the position he is more comfortable.
Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the project-player by the name of Seantrel Henderson. At 6’7″ and 331 pounds, he is the second tallest player on Buffalo’s roster behind only Erik Pears – although he does have 15 pounds on his fellow OT. While Henderson likely won’t see the field in 2014, barring injury to those above him on the depth chart, he certainly exemplifies the bigger is better mentality.
This is just my speculated starting offensive line for the Bills in 2014, but no matter who the Bills start, the chances of them being huge are high. Twelve out of 14 offensive linemen on the Buffalo’s roster are 6’5″ or taller. So one thing is certain, the Bills are hoping that their bet pays off… and bigger really is better.