Marino: Beane will 'probably go with offensive line over wide receiver early on'

Joe Marino from The Draft Network joined WGR to preview the upcoming NFL Draft

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February 18, 2019 - 4:33 pm

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The 2019 NFL Draft sits just over two months away for the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the National Football League. Aspiring players all over the nation will have their names called in Nashville, Tennessee from April 25th to the 27th.

Heading into the draft, the Bills will have a number of positions to address, most notably on the offensive line and at wide receiver. The goal is to provide second-year quarterback Josh Allen with the protection he needs in the pocket and the weapons to throw to down field.

Joe Marino from The Draft Network took the time on Monday to join Mike Schopp and the Bulldog to discuss needs for the Bills, as well as possible gameplans ahead for Buffalo. The team, as it stands, still owns the ninth-overall pick in the first round. Should that remain the case, Marino touched on who some of the best players would be in that spot and beyond for the Bills.

Here is some of what he had to say:


Marino on potential fits for the Bills at pick No. 9:

"I don't think, at this point, that anyone should be married to any one idea or player. Things can change in an instant, and it's important to have many plans in place for the draft and free agency as well."


Marino on different positions to address for the Bills:

"To me, [general manager] Brandon Beane will probably go with offensive line over wide receiver early on. Getting them a nice pair of [Florida Gators' offensive tackle] Jawaan Taylor and Dion Dawkins would be a nice compliment. I think [Taylor] is the best tackle in the class."


Marino on the No. 1 priority in free agency for the Bills:

"Make sure you get a veteran, free-agent center. They need one who knows how to make different line calls, which allows Josh Allen to read the rest of the field and defense."


Marino on the free agent signing of Spencer Long:

"He really profiles as Ryan Groy's replacement, but he can also work as versatile interior guy. This is more of a potential starter and depth signing, and it doesn't prohibit the Bills from going after another free agent centerman."


Marino on Ole Miss receiver D.K. Metcalf and his viral photo:

"He looked like a superhero. You don't necessarily want that much upper-body bulk on a receiver. Reality is, he's at one of the best facilities in the world for life in the National Football League. There's no way they're training him poorly there."


You can listen to the entire interview below:

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