2012 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills Should Trade for Matt Kalil

Aaron McKinneyCorrespondent IIIApril 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman Matt Kalil of USC talks with San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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I've heard the possible players the Buffalo Bills can draft. I've heard why they should trade down. I've heard why the shouldn't trade up. I think the only thing they should do is mortgage some picks and get Minnesota's third overall pick to take OT Matt Kalil.

Okay, they have to give up some picks. It will probably cost them a second and a fourth, but it would be worth it. Franchise left tackles, like Joe Thomas and Jake Long, aren't available in every draft.

The Bills have two above average running backs and a solid quarterback. Matt Kalil would allow this team to optimize the productivity of those skill players. In turn, that would also increase the value of the receiving corps. 

Outside of a quarterback, left tackle is the next position that affects the entire offense. In fact, left tackle could be as or more important than quarterback. Just ask the 2000 Ravens if Trent Dilfer or Jonathan Ogden was more important to them.

Buddy Nix managed to improve the defense already with the additions of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. Yes, they could absolutely use a first round talent at linebacker or cornerback, but these days offense seems to be running the show. You could also argue that a wide receiver to compliment Steve Johnson would be advantageous, but that player would also be affected by the weak side protection of Ryan Fitzpatrick

Look, I realize it would cost a few picks, but wouldn't it be worth it for 10 to 15 years of stability at one of the two most important positions, at least on the offensive side? Hopefully Buddy Nix is using his best smoke screen.