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As they transition to a 3-4 defense, the Bills entered the draft with a clear need for a prototypical nose tackle, as the undersized Kyle Williams was slated to be the starter in the middle. GM Buddy Nix didn't wait long to get his guy, using the 41st overall pick on Torell Troup, a behemoth out of Central Florida. Even with known names such as Alabama's Terrence Cody and East Carolina's Linval Joseph on the board, the Buffalo brass preferred what they saw in Troup and opted to reach for him early in Round Two.
"He is a classic nose (tackle)," said VP of college scouting Tom Modrak. "... When you get to talk to him and know him, he's one of those guys who wants to be good, he plays like he wants to be good, and he's got good strength."
At 6-3, 314 pounds, Troup is likely to see time right away at the nose, but don't expect him to erase Williams from the equation.
"Don't think this eliminates or takes away from Kyle Williams," Nix said. "We love Kyle Williams; he plays as hard as anybody we got. ... But (he) can't hold up in there playing 60 to 65 plays a game. He can't do that, and neither can anybody else; you're going to lose him somewhere during the year. So we think that Troup can play 30 plays a game, and now we're good in the middle, and the (opposing) center is going to pay his dues every snap."
While the Bills certainly will take some time to get used to the 3-4, they appear to be in a better position to succeed after adding Troup to the mix.
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