Is it too soon to make a claim for Eric Wood being the Buffalo Bills best offensive line draft pick of all time? This five year pro is the first Louisville Cardinal drafted by the Buffalo Bills. It didn’t take long for him to make an impact and emerge as a leader. After starting at guard for the Bills for the majority of his first two seasons, but made his debut at center on December 12th, 2010. Replacing Geoff Hangartner the Bills rushed for a season high 192 yards against the Cleveland Browns. Since that game the starting center position has been Eric Wood’s job and his potential along with his leadership seems to be growing with each season.
In 2013 Eric Wood stood up for EJ Manuel after suffering a “Classless” injury at the hands of the Cleveland Browns. He also made comments regarding the Toronto Series that he felt the contract should not be renewed. His comments have the team’s best interest in mind. He puts team above himself and plays with heart and emotion.
The Buffalo Bills were in the top five in the AFC for fewest sacks allowed in back to back seasons with Wood at the center position. In 2011 the Bills line allowed twenty three sacks which ranked fifth in the NFL and first in the AFC. In 2012 the Bills gave up thirty sacks ranking fifth in the AFC.
Considering the start to his career, Eric Wood is on pace to be one of the most dominant offensive lineman in Buffalo Bills history. I don’t think it is too early to argue that Eric Wood is/will be the best Center the Bills have drafted in team history.