Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Louisville OL Eric Wood could play center or guard. The Bills needed a stud tackle to replace Jason Peters, but a team can never go wrong strengthening itself up the middle. Wood, a throwback player who has been compared to Pittsburgh great Mike Webster, was taken with the extra first-round pick (No. 28) obtained in the Peters-to-Philadelphia trade. He's known for his nasty temperament and for attacking defenders and finishing blocks -- something new for this Bills' line. The Bills envision him at left guard where there is a need after the release of Derrick Dockery, who played too soft. In time, Wood could play center. He has the potential to be a 10-year starter, even if he's not a sexy draft pick to fans. But 7-9 teams can't afford to be sexy. A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 1/28 -- Eric Wood, C/G, 6-4, 304, Louisville...The Bills didn't find an instant starter at left tackle to replace Pro Bowler Jason Peters, whom they traded to Philadelphia, but they have apparently filled their hole at left guard after releasing Derrick Dockery. Woods, one of the best centers in college football last season, played guard at the Senior Bowl and convinced Bills scouts that's a viable position for him. An aggressive "old-school" blocker who enjoys attacking linebackers at the second level, he brings the credentials to change Buffalo's "soft" reputation up front. A film room junkie and three-time All-Big East selection, he had 328 knockdown blocks and 46 TD blocks in his career, which included 49 consecutive starts at center. He doesn't get his pads low enough at times and might lack true nimbleness blocking on screen plays in the open field, but those are minor knocks. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Eric Wood News
01/26/18 - C Eric Wood announced on Friday that he will retire due to a neck injury. Wood posted on Twitter that he initially was diagnosed with the injury in his season-ending physical. Team doctor Andrew Cappuccino and other physicians said he will not be cleared to play football, regardless of whether he undergoes surgery or other treatment. "I appreciate and thank everyone for their thoughts, concerns and prayers, and I will shed more light on the situation at a press conference on Monday at the team facility," Wood wrote.
09/05/17 - C Eric Wood took issue with the notion that Buffalo is in the midst of tanking the 2017 season in favor of more favorable draft picks for the future. "I think it's hard for any organization to prepare for seasons to come, but I think we still have so much left here in Buffalo talent-wise that a tank really isn't in our vocabulary," Wood said Tuesday on Good Morning Football. "No one's thinking that. We're focused on going 1-0 this week. We've got the Jets at home and one of our goals is to win all of our home games. So, we're gearing up for this week and we're not too concerned about the outside chatter. Throughout my career here we've had a lot of negative chatter and we've been close the last few years, 9-7, 8-8, 7-9 so we're on the verge. We're looking to take that next step this year."
08/28/17 - C Eric Wood signed a two-year contract extension, a move that had been in the works for about a month.
07/27/17 - C Eric Wood will enter training camp ready to roll. He missed the last seven games of 2016 due to a broken leg that he suffered in Seattle. Wood was able to work mostly pain-free in the spring, and he believes he's 100 percent. "It went great," he said of the offseason. "I missed one day the first week of OTAs and we had planned that if I had any setbacks or got too sore I would take a day off, but I didn't need a day off the rest of the time. So, I'm encouraged."
11/09/16 - C Eric Wood underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his broken leg and he's out for the season. Ryan Groy is next man up, though the Bills also could turn to Patrick Lewis. Coach Rex Ryan isn't sure what he'll do just yet. "Obviously, that's a really, really big blow to our football team," Ryan said. "We have Patrick Lewis here - he's been inactive, I think, the entire season, but he's familiar with what we do. And then we have Ryan Groy, who replaced Eric at the end of the game. Groy can play all of the positions. He's a smart guy as well. Obviously, it's hard to replace a player of his caliber, but we have two guys that we feel pretty confident in."