Bills fill OT need with Kouandjio at No. 44

Bills fill OT need with Kouandjio at No. 44
May 9, 2014, 8:15 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Bills were reminded last year that if your quarterback can't stay on the field, it's hard to give yourself a chance.

The Bills got pretty good production from rookie EJ Manuel last season, but he wasn't healthy enough for long enough to help Buffalo mount any kind of threat in the AFC East. Three knee injuries for Manuel last season -- including two that required surgery -- were a good indication that it was time to invest in the line.

They didn't do it with the No. 4 pick when they traded up from No. 9. (They took consensus top wideout Sammy Watkins instead.)

Buffalo did add to its offensive line when it selected Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio with the No. 44 overall pick in the second round of the draft.

Kouandjio is 6-6 322 pounds and actually has room to add some good weight, according to scouts. His technique could use some tinkering, but he's big and athletic enough to anchor one of the tackle spots for the Bills starting this fall.

Bottom line: Manuel has to be pretty pleased after receiving a new toy at wideout on Thursday and personal protector on Friday.