ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – It wasn’t overly exciting, there was no big trade or surprise star falling into their lap. Instead, Bills GM Doug Whaley stuck to the plan and helped boost the team’s depth with his three picks.
“That’s what we were looking for with this last day is finding guys that will give us special teams and some depth that will be in a system a year or two from now be able to contribute at a higher level,” said Whaley.
The Bills selected four players on day three of the draft – Florida State running back Karlos Williams (5th round), Clemson LB Tony Steward and Florida State TE Nick O’Leary (6th round), and Central Arkansas WR Dezmin Lewis (7th round).
The Williams selection creates an interesting dynamic in the backfield. With Fred Jackson entering the final year of his contract, Williams could be long-term insurance behind starter LeSean McCoy. The pick could also end up forcing someone like Bryce Brown off the roster.
“We’re not going to limit ourselves and stick ourselves in a box and say we are only going to carry X number of running backs or x number of wide receivers. We’re going to fill the team with the best players available and if we have to keep an extra running back or extra receiver or less DB’s we’re just going to get the best 53 players we think can get out there and get us W’s on Sunday’s,” said Whaley.
The Bills GM did admit, he considered selecting a quarterback Saturday, but said the lack of trade ammunition didn’t help that effort.