Bills trade up get OL Levitre

After grabbing a guard prospect at the bottom of round one, Buffalo traded up into the lower half of the second round in a trade with Dallas to get another offensive lineman in Oregon State's Andy Levitre.

The Bills traded their 75th and 110th overall selections to Dallas to move up to the 51st overall pick to take the versatile lineman.

Levitre played most of his college career at offensive tackle, but was projected by many NFL scouts as a guard due to a lack of prototypical measurables (6'2" 306). For now the Bills are keeping an open mind with the ultra-versatile rookie.

"He's a kid that's really versatile, talented and a good technician," said Bills scout Rashaan Curry. "At Oregon State he had played both guards and both tackles, and even a little bit at tight end. So (like Eric Wood) another blue collar guy, really smart, a football guy."

"The fact that you only dress seven linemen on game day guys have to be able to play two positions," said Bills offensive line coach Sean Kugler. "We feel Andy can play guard and also play tackle so we're very confident he's versatile enough."

The Bills were zeroed in on Levitre early on in the draft process and followed up with a personal visit at One Bills Drive prior to the draft. Buffalo was obviously sold on him as they surrendered a pair of middle round picks to ensure they landed him.

"I met with them at the combine and had a visit out there a couple weeks ago," Levitre said. "I know they were very interested. I wasn't too sure when they were planning on picking me and I know there was some other interest. The Bills came through on their word and I'm excited to keep going."

Levitre protected the quarterback's blind side his last two seasons at Oregon State making 39 starts in his career and earning All-American honors. During that time he had 173 knockdowns and 23 touchdown-resulting blocks. But knowing he might find a home at another line position doesn't have him concerned.

"I'm coming in there with an open mind, competing for any of those five spots when I get there," said Levitre. "And if they put me in one post instead of another I'm willing to do that."

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