With the NFL Draft only a week away everyone has their own mock draft including myself. I am not going to share just one mock, but three. The first will be if the Bills stay at 30. The second one will be if they look to trade up. And the third is a trade down available. The best thing about the NFL Draft is it gives every team’s fans hope for the future.
Before jumping right into the NFL Draft, let’s take a quick look into the Bills offseason. Looking at what was done in re-signing their own players and free agents may lead to positional needs for the team:
Coming off arguably the best season in franchise history. The Bills went 13-3 in the regular season and earned a trip to the AFC Championship game. Unfortunately, they were unable to get past the defending Super Bowl Champions.
Heading into this off-season, the Bills had a couple of their key players heading to unrestricted free agency. With the salary cap lowering, there was a risk of losing starters Matt Milano, Daryl Williams, and Jon Felicano. Somehow, they were able to sign all three starters to long-term deals and keep them in the organization.
Brandon Beane and the Bills bring back 20 of their 22 starters from the 2019 season. Departing the roster is wide receiver John Brown and defensive tackle Quintin Jefferson. John Brown’s spot as of right now is Gabriel Davis’s who started t0here while Brown was injured he started in that position. Along with Davis, the Bills signed veteran Emmanuel Sanders. For Jefferson, the Bills are expecting Star Lotulelei to come back from the opt-out Covid list.
There is also an offensive line competition bring in veterans Bobby Hart, Jamil Douglas, Jordan Devey. None of these signings are for starting position, but to create depth which is always needed. The Bills did not forget to add competition for depth in the playmaker positions either. As mentioned before, they signed Sanders but also running-back Matt Breida and tight end Jacob Hollister.
As the reigning AFC East Champions, the Bills have few needs that require immediate addressing in this year’s draft. There is no universal position that fans or media members seem to agree the Bills should address. Cornerback and EDGE rusher are the two most popular, but a consensus doesn’t seem to exist.
With this being said, the Bills have options in this year’s draft. They can stand pat and draft the best player available. Targeting a specific player and trading up to get a key piece to the roster could be a possibility. Or, trading out of the first round and collecting key picks in the second and third round to help with depth in the roster. All three can be seen in the mocks below.
All three draft scenarios were drafted using the PFF mock draft machine:
Mock Draft, no trades:
- 30. Azeez Ojuiari DE Georgia
- 61. Creed Humphrey IOL Oklahoma
- 93. Benjamin St-Juste CB Minnesota
- 161. Khyiris Tonga DT BYU
- 174. Cornell Powell WR Clemson
- 213. Tarron Jackson DE Coastal Carolina
- 236. Quintin Morris TE Bowling Green
Mock Trading Up:
Using the simulator, this was the highest I was able to trade up:
- Traded with the Indianapolis Colts, pick 21 for picks 30 and 161.
- 21. Kwity Paye DE Michigan
- 61. Landon Dickerson IOL Alabama
- 93. Jamar Johnson S Indiana
- 174. Jarret Patterson RB Buffalo
- 213. Tre’ McKitty TE Georgia
- 236. Isaiah McDuffie LB Boston College
Mock Trading Down:
Traded with the Philadelphia Eagles, picks 37, 84, and 150 for 30 and 213.
37. Ekijah Moore WR Mississippi
61. Ifeatu Odighizuwa CB Syracuse
84. Osa Odighizuwa DT UCLA
93. Quincy Roche DE Miami
150. Justin Hillard LB Ohio State
161. Aaron Banks IOL Notre Dame
174. Damar Hamlin S Pittsburgh
236. Mick Eubanks TE Michigan
With the Bills in what most people would consider their Super Bowl window, it is time to watch Brandon Beane do his magic. Keeping this roster mostly intact from last season leaves them with a lot of options. Bills fans have not seen it in a long time. I hope this gives most fans something to look forward to next Thursday.
Look out right before the draft for my full first round mock. This can only be seen right here at BorderFuel.com.