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By Michael Blunda

He might not be a household name, but Torell Troup is about to be the new nose tackle for the Buffalo Bills.

Clearly not satisfied with the undersized Kyle Williams in the middle of their 3-4 defense, the Bills used the No. 41 overall pick Friday night on Troup, a monster out of Central Florida. At nearly 6-3, 314 pounds, he is a much better fit for the NT position than Williams and could push him for the starting job in training camp.

Troup certainly wasn't the highest-rated nose tackle left on the board, but GM Buddy Nix apparently thought that he was the best fit for the new system. A wide-bodied run stuffer, he should command double-teams to free up Buffalo's outside linebackers to rush the passer.

The only bizarre aspect of this pick is that Nix and Co. again failed to fill one of their two major needs, quarterback and offensive tackle. Drafting Troup and RB C.J. Spiller certainly improves the club, but massive holes still remain at two of the offense's more critical positions.

The Bills might still be able to find a quality OT with one of their upcoming picks, but it's no guarantee. If Troup, who was somewhat of a reach at No. 41, doesn't pan out, this decision could come back to bite Buffalo.

 

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