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I do agree that offensive line requires improvement, but it may be the optimist (who is deeply in denial) in me that expects to see some improvement with a different offensive scheme. The Bills are a great example of this: by spreading out the offense and throwing the deep ball, their offensive line vastly improved because the defenses were forced to play honest. As a long time Mularkey blamer, the lack of screens or deep passes in run heavy formations allows the defense to put pressure on the quarterback.
I want to say statistically, in sacks, Atlanta was actually one of the better teams last year. Pressures likely shows something else, however, Atlanta does need some improvement. I have seen hints the new OL coach plans to run more zone blocking, which may change who we want to look at for OL.
As far as I'm concerned, this will be the time when Dimitroff either sticks to his guns or gets rid of his underperformers. Joe Hawley, Mike Johnson and Garrett Reynolds have shown so little I am starting to think that they need to be shown the door, and not more time to develop.
@mFalcons5 The thing is we were trash is pass blocking last year, remember Matt could never step up into his throws on deep passes due to the pocket collapsing so soon. I don't think scheme will make it much better, however if we are moving to more of a zone blocking scheme I could see us making a run at Chris Myers in FA and letting McClure go.
I agree on Reynolds, to me Hawley is a serviceable player and could be a good back up, Johnson has never had a chance due to injuries, so I'd give him another year or two.
As it stands though we need to get a Grubbs or Nicks off the FA market and go from there.
@Zach K. I am with you on this. Right guard was a constant turnstile all of last year. I thought Svitek played well, or at least he was a major upgrade over Sam Baker. The left tackle is a more difficult problem, because Atlanta cannot draft an immediate starter for the spot. So we will see either more Svitek or a free agent. Right guard should be easier, with a number of guards available in free agency and it should be an easier spot to draft for. Will be interesting to see how it shakes out, but we did see what happens after years of ignoring the offensive line.
OT Matt McCants- UAB (3rd RD projection): http://www.buffalobillsdraft.com/2012/02/1964/
OT Zebrie Sanders- FSU (2nd RD projection): http://www.buffalobillsdraft.com/2012/02/ot-zebrie-sanders-scouting-report/
I like McCants, but I view him as about a 2 year project he has the tools in my opinion to succeed but he's raw and needs to add strength, but his arm length and athleticism are top tier in this draft. Sanders is another athletic guy, he looks great at time, but also can look a bit lost, consistency is his problem and he doesn't work well in space, I have him as more of a RT.