Billls Go Offensive line and Linebacker on Day Two
Updated: Friday, May 9 2014, 11:47 PM EDT
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) --
First, the Buffalo Bills provided their EJ Manuel-led offense a dynamic playmaker in the NFL draft. Next up, they gave their quarterback some added protection.
The Bills opened the second round on Friday by trading down three spots and selecting Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio with the 44th pick.
Kouandjio is listed at 6-foot-6 and 322 pounds, and he left Alabama after three seasons. He addresses Buffalo’s need at tackle, and will be given a chance to compete for the starting job on the right side.
The Bills moved back by making a trade with St. Louis. In swapping second-round picks, the Bills also picked up the Rams’ fifth-round selection (153rd overall).
The Bills have selected Louisville linebacker Preston Brown with the 73rd pick in the NFL draft.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 251 pounds, Brown started 36 of 52 games over four seasons at Louisville. He's versatile enough to play the outside and middle positions. He finished with seven career sacks, including a career-best 4-1/2 last season, and 21-1/2 tackles for a loss.
The Bills turned their attention to defense after focusing on offense with their first two selections.
Buffalo opened the draft Thursday by trading up to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth pick. On Friday, they moved down three spots in the second round and picked Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio at No. 44.
The Bills have four picks over the final four rounds on Saturday.