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Beaver hoss to Bills in Round 2 of NFL Draft
The Bills traded up with the Cowboys on Day 1 of the draft to select the versatile 6-foot-2 3/8, 306 pounder, taking the Beaver lineman with the 17th pick in the second round, and 51st overall. Buffalo gave up its 75th and 110th picks to land Levitre.
Although he was the left tackle over the latter part of his OSU career, Levitre played every guard and tackle position during his time at OSU -- and pretty much excelled throughout. In 2008, he was the anchor on a line that allowed 1.62 sacks a game. Where will he line up at Buffalo?
"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 today on the Buffalo official site. "We feel Andy can play guard and also play tackle so we're very confident he's versatile enough."
Levitre protected the quarterback's blind side his last two collegiate seasons, making 39 starts in his career earning All-American honors. During that time he had 173 knockdowns and 23 touchdown-resulting blocks.
"I talked to (Bills offensive line) coach Kugler and he feels I might be able to back up at tackle as well," said Levitre. "So I'm coming in there with an open mind and ready to compete at any of the five spots when I get there. If they choose to put me in one spot then I'll do that."
Athleticism and versatility are overused terms in football but Levitre made 34 consecutive starts at Oregon State because of them.
Levitre became the fourth Beaver offensive lineman to be drafted in the last five years. Roy Schuening was drafted last year (5th round/Rams), Adam Koets in 2007 (6th round/Giants) and Doug Nienhuis was selected in 2005 (7th round/Seattle). His second round selection is the highest an OSU offensive lineman has ever been selected in the NFL Draft.
Oregon State cornerbacks Brandon Hughes and Keenan Lewis could be next up on the selection board when the NFL Draft resumes Sunday with rounds 3-7 to come. Also on the radar of NFL teams as potential draft selections, WR Sammie Stroughter, DEs Victor Butler and Slade Norris and Al Afalava.
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