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
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."
11/08/16 - C Eric Wood was carted off the field early in the fourth quarter and did not return. Ryan Groy replaced him for the rest of the game. Wood made his 59th consecutive start Monday night, a streak that dates back to 2012.
Afterward, Bills coach Rex Ryan announced Wood suffered a broken leg.
"Tough loss, because I think he's the best center in football," Ryan said.
11/08/16 - C Eric Wood suffered a broken leg in the fourth quarter. He will be out for the rest of the season.
08/31/13 - The Buffalo Bills announced Friday they have signed center Eric Wood to a contract extension.
Wood was entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The 6-4, 310-pound Wood has started each of his 47 games played with Buffalo since joining the team as a first-round draft selection in 2008.