Two years after starting the season 0-8, the Buffalo Bills hope to compete in the always crowded AFC East. Buffalo hopes that 2012 will be the first playoff season in over 12 years.

The Bills certainly helped their cause by signing defensive end Mario Williams. Williams was arguably the best player on one of the top ranked defenses, Houston, last season. Buffalo General Manager Buddy Nix also wishes to add a “difference maker” with the 10th selection on Thursday.

“I’ve said it before and it’s no secret, it’s time of us to take a step and be (relevant) all the way through,” Nix said to the Toronto Star. “You can’t put a number on it, but I certainly expect us to be competitive throughout the year.”

Buffalo certainly has the draft picks to add depth to their squad to be competitive all season. The Bills will have ten picks in this year’s Draft. Reportedly, Nix would like to address left tackle, cornerback, linebacker and add another receiver.

With quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick coming off his best statistical season, and top receiver Stevie Johnson re-signed, the Bills should have another great offense that last year finished with 5,624 yards, the most for the franchise since 1992.

The AFC East is always difficult to win with the dominant Patriots standing in the way. The Jets and Dolphins have also made improvements to their teams hiring new coaches and trading for new quarterbacks. Even still, the Bills could finally be ready to take the necessary strides to be a playoff team in the AFC.