Bills sold on speedy Maybin

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

When it came to piling up sacks the past two seasons, the Buffalo Bills were just plain sad.

The team took a quick step to address that shortcoming with its first pick in yesterday's NFL draft, using the 11th selection overall to procure Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin.

Listed at 245 pounds, Maybin certainly is on the small side for a defensive lineman, but the Bills are banking he will more than make up for it with his speedy turn of foot.

"I'm a guy that likes to keep his mouth shut and let his game do the talking on the field," Maybin told reporters in Buffalo. "I'm going to come in with a humble mindset, ready to work hard and ready to get a lot of work done."

Like the majority of players available in yesterday's first round, Maybin entered the draft with some questions. His size would suggest he is more suited to play linebacker than defensive end but his performance in his lone season as a starter at Penn State made a strong enough case for Bills management.

The upside is that he has the speed to clear the corner and make a quick move at the opposing quarterback. And with the Bills finishing 29th in the league in sacks the past two seasons, the Bills needed help in that area.

"Nothing is guaranteed," said Maybin, whose 12 sacks this past season were the most in the Big 10. "Nobody's ever going to give you anything, but I plan on coming in, busting my butt, working as hard as I can to help better the franchise as much as possible."

With their second pick, at No. 28 overall, the Bills took centre Eric Wood from Louisville to address the second most pressing need -- shoring up the offensive line.

Buffalo's scouting staff believes Wood also is versatile enough (and at 310 pounds, big enough) to play guard.

"With the size I have, I know guard is definitely an option for me," said Wood, who played that position at the all-star Senior Bowl.

With their third pick of the opening day (in the second round, at No. 42 overall), the Bills selected Oregon cornerback Jairus Byrd.

But the Bills weren't done yet, trading with Dallas to get the 52nd pick which they used to further bolster the O-line. Buffalo took Oregon State lineman Andy Levitre at that spot, appreciating the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder's versatility.


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