It’s only July and Buffalo’s season is already ruined. Kiko Alonso tore his ACL and will not play this year. Right now, they’re talking about Preston Brown, their third-round draft pick. Here’s the problem: Buffalo is in a 4-3 this year. Brown, like Brandon Spikes, is a slow (4.8 40), run-stuffing linebacker. As a middle linebacker, Brown has good potential, and his upside is basically Brandon Spikes. As a weak-side linebacker going up against tight ends or slot receivers, Brown’s probably not a very good choice. Unfortunately, Buffalo doesn’t have many options available to them: Brown is a downhill, MLB type; Keith Rivers is probably locked into one of the two OLB spots; Nigel Bradham is fast and has the measurables, but isn’t really good in coverage; Randell Johnson is a rookie who was terrible against coverage in college. Ty Powell was a 7th round pick last season (Seahawks) who has some potential. The Bills will probably try some combination of these four guys, but losing Alonso hurts a lot.
Current prediction: 6-10. That might change as we get closer to September, but I’m really not thinking this will be the year the Bills break .500.