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Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:27 p.m.
By Matt Sohn

The Bills’ offense is loaded with question marks. It was stagnant in 2008 in the first year of offensive coordinator Turk Schonert. The club just traded away its most talented player in OLT Jason Peters. Its star running back will be suspended the first three games of the season. It lacks a functional tight end.

It needs offense. It should’ve craved offense. It didn’t.

Instead, the Bills opted for Aaron Maybin. A mighty fine pass rusher, without doubt, and yes, the Bills need pass-rushing help. But this pick needed to spent elsewhere, whether it be on stud OLT Michael Oher or dominating TE Brandon Pettigrew.

Maybin’s loaded with speed off the edge, but he fits better as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme than he does in a 4-3 front such as the Bills’. He’s a shade above or below 250 pounds, depending on his breakfast. How that holds up against the hulking offensive tackles of the AFC East in the running game remains to be seen, but the outlook isn’t great. He’s similar to Aaron Schobel in that sense, and for all that Schobel has done in the pass-rushing department, he’s been a running game liability.

If I'm a Bills fan, those draft day buffalo wings are quickly leading to indigestion.

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