Bills were spent in free agency bringing in several players to improve their offense, none more notable than center Mitch Morse. without such a severe need on that side of the ball, the team now has more leeway to seek defensive help with their first pick, if they choose. With seven picks in their stash on Day 3, the Bills also have the ammunition to make a move on the right guy sometime in the first three rounds, or trade a pick or two for key veterans on the trading block. . I have them making one of those deals in my seven-round drill.
Below, you can see which selections currently have the bills, along with our projection of their top positional needs. I’ll then build a big war room board based on players who I think have some chance of making it to their first pick before sharing various draft classes that make sense for the team of me, ryan wilson, and chris trapasso.
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current draft picks
the cbs sports nfl writing team recently compiled positional rankings to identify the needs of each team heading into the draft. A helpful guide: Any position group that had an average rating below 16.0 (on a scale of 1 to 32) was considered a “need,” while anyone with a rating below 23.0 (bottom third of the league) was considered an “urgent need.”
need: qb, rb, wr/te, ol, edge, int dl, lb pressing: qb, rb, wr/te, ol, edge, int dl, lb
so the panel primarily sees the bills’ needs as “a better soccer team.” Josh Allen was drafted last year and he doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere. The Bills signed two receivers and a tight end (Cole Beasley, John Brown, Tyler Kroft) in free agency and also made a couple of upgrades along the offensive line, but it didn’t seem to move the needle much for us. The timeless but still aging backfield duo of Lesean McCoy and Frank Gore are good for next year, but the team definitely needs an infusion of youth in there. And with Kyle Williams retiring and most of the team’s front running backs looking more like rotation guys than foundational guys, Sean Mcdermott’s guys might need a boost there too.
large war room board
The Bills are likely looking to add an impact player to their defensive line, and it turns out they’re in a great position at no. 9. In fact, if they want to trade some picks, perhaps with a team looking to get ahead of Denver for a quarterback, there should still be defensive line talent available in the teens, with help at right tackle or guard as a alternative option. Here’s how I’d project the bills draft board for your first pick, considering only players I think have any chance of being in range:
- dt ed oliver, houston
- ot jawaan taylor, florida
- edge montez sweat, mississippi
- edge rashan gary, michigan
- edge brian burns, state of florida
- te t.j. hockenson, iowa
- ol jonah williams, alabama
- ol cody ford, oklahoma
simulated drafts of seven rounds
last year my seven round drill had bills switch for baker mayfield then get offline help with isaias wynn and grab d.j. Moore and Darius Leonard in the second round. oh, what could have been. This year’s crop doesn’t seem all that impressive, but that’s what happens when you only have three picks in the first three rounds. still, sweat is an absolute athletic freak as an edge runner who is still developing but will immediately improve pass rush.
With no outstanding receivers in this class but plenty of quality options in the top 50 overall, the Bills are well positioned to get the final piece of their rebuilding of the passing game in round 2, and neither john brown nor cole beasley bring harmon’s size and big target ability, which should quickly become josh allen’s favorite target. singletary overcomes his short stature and brings a touch of youth to a veteran backfield as someone who may emerge as the primary ball carrier in the future.
part of the loot from this class is the bills trading a 5th round pick to the bucs for gerald mccoy who doesn’t seem to fit as well with the tampa bay scheme change and is priced as the drafts bill can easily fit with your remaining cap space. As for picks, Scharping can contend for the right tackle job and has more potential than anyone the team has signed in free agency, while Crosby has the potential of a sweaty starter if he can be developed. Jackson should be a good option for Bills’ defense, while Nauta was once considered a Day 2 pick before a terrible combo, but he should at least provide competition for Jake Fisher at blocking tight end. wingard and stallings are good fliers for round seven, with wingard able to contribute on special teams early on.
plus seven-round drills: (*) indicates selection acquired via trade
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