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|2009 NFL Draft - Buffalo Bills|
|1||11||11||Aaron Maybin||DE||So||Penn State|
|2||19||51||Andy Levitre||G||Sr||Oregon State|
|4||21||120||Shawn Nelson||TE||Sr||Southern Miss|
|7||11||219||Ellis Lankster||CB||Sr||West Virginia|
2008 RECORD: 7-9
LAST SEASON: Utterly unraveled in squandering 5-1 start to miss playoffs for ninth straight season - extending longest drought in franchise history. QB Trent Edwards was inconsistent in sputtering offense that produced no touchdowns in three of final five games. Coach Dick Jauron was given another chance by owner Ralph Wilson, despite third straight 7-9 finish.
THEY NEED: Defensive lineman, either pass-rushing specialist to complement Aaron Schobel, or run-stuffing tackle to play alongside Marcus Stroud; OLB and OL, particularly with Bills agreeing to trade Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters to Philadelphia.
THEY DON'T NEED: To miss playoffs yet again. Other than receiver, with Terrell Owens ready to play alongside Lee Evans, or P/K, Bills can't realistically overlook any position.
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: Maybin, Oher, Andre Smith or possibly TE Brandon Pettigrew. Trade of Peters gives Bills more flexibility in first round.
OUTLOOK: Signing T.O. provided Bills some sizzle, but this is team that hasn't done anything to prove it can be contender in ever-tough AFC East. Team has won 21 games over past three seasons, and hopes in Buffalo are tempered following last year's collapse.
|New York Life Protection Index Analysis|
|Season||Rank||Protection Index||Previous Protection Index||Change||Offensive Linemen Drafted|
|2010||19||57.3||28.8||28.5||Ed Wang (T) - Virginia Tech|
|2009||32||28.8||53.4||-24.6||Eric Wood (G) - Louisville, Andy Levitre (G) - Oregon State|
|2006||29||39.1||35.4||3.7||Brad Butler (T) - Virginia, Terrance Pennington (T) - New Mexico, Aaron Merz (G) - California|
|2005||30||35.4||51.8||-16.4||Duke Preston (C) - Illinois|
|2004||19||51.8||40.6||11.2||Dylan McFarland (T) - Montana|
|2003||30||40.6||52.1||-11.5||Ben Sobieski (T) - Iowa|
|2002||20||52.1||41.9||10.2||Mike Williams (T) - Texas|
|2001||26||41.9||38.3||3.6||Jonas Jennings (T) - Georgia, Marques Sullivan (T) - Illinois|
|1998||16||50.4||44.6||5.8||Robert Hicks (T) - Mississippi State|
|1997||18||44.6||33.7||10.9||Jamie Nails (G) - Florida A&M, Marcus Spriggs (T) - Houston|
|1996||28||33.7||50.9||-17.2||Dusty Zeigler (C) - Notre Dame|
|1995||20||50.9||54.4||-3.5||Ruben Brown (G) - Pittsburgh, Tom Nutten (G) - Western Michigan|
|1993||7||64.1||N/A||N/A||Mike Devlin (C) - Iowa|