The Buffalo Bills made nine selections in the 2011 NFL Draft, but only one of them wound up being for an offensive lineman.
The team selected OT Chris Hairston in the fourth round, who could figure into a role in his first season.
“He was a left tackle in college, and he went over to the right sometimes in unbalanced situations. We’re going to take him and put him in at right tackle,” Bills head coach Chan Gailey said. “He’s a big, long guy, long arms, big, tall, 330 lbs. He’s got pretty good quickness for a guy his size. If you look at the change of direction, the short shuttle, the three-cone kind of things, he measured higher than his 40-time said he should have measured. His short area quickness was really pretty good. Unlike some of these guys these days, he’s had his hand on the ground. He’s been in a three-point stance. He knows how to come off the football and block for the run game.”
While it’s unlikely Hairston would start this season, the right tackle job is wide open between veterans Erik Pears and Mansfield Wrotto. Hairston could be the long-term answer at the position.
“Some of these guys today are only in a two-point stance all the time, so that’s something that we look at as well. He’s got some tenacity to him. He’s very, very intelligent, and we like a lot of things about him. He’s got to go to work and he’s got to fight to earn a spot on the team,” Gailey added.