With the NFL Draft fast approaching the Buffalo Bills currently sit with the 30th pick. This had me thinking of all the possibilities that would/could be available for them. With those possibilities, could there be an impact player that could help boost the Bills to the Super Bowl?
Past five players who have been selected at this pick:
2020 Draft the Miami Dolphins selected Noah Igbinoghene, Cornerback from Auburn. Igbinoghene played in all 16 games and started two. Recording 13 tackles and two passes defended.
2019 Draft the New York Giants traded up to select DeAndre Baker, a cornerback from Georgia. Baker played in all 16 games and started 15 in his rookie season. Recording 61 tackles and eight passes defended. After his rookie season, he was released by the Giants after legal issues. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020.
2018 the Minnesota Vikings selected Mike Hughes, Cornerback from Central Florida. Hughes played in only six games and started in two before his rookie season was cut short by injury. Recording 20 tackles, three passes defended, and one interception. He has been battling injuries his whole career so far.
2017 the Pittsburgh Steelers selected TJ Watt, Edge Rusher Wisconsin. Watt played in 15 games and started all 15 his rookie year. Recording 52 tackles, seven sacks, seven passes defended, and one interception. He has had a very successful start to his career with 49.5 sacks and finished second in 2020 for Defensive Player of the Year.
2016 the Carolina Panthers selected Vernon Butler, Defensive Tackle Louisiana Tech. Butler played in 10 games starting none his rookie season. Recording 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He went on to play four seasons with the Panthers and is now a member of the Bills.
If history is any indication of where the Bills may go with the pick, it looks like the trend is with a defensive player to help bolster that unit.
Possibilities if they stay at 30:
Drae Harrison of The Draft Network said:
Buffalo already has a stout defense. With Matt Milano returning and Tremaine Edmunds in the middle, linebacker wasn’t a high priority. However, they decide the talent and upside was too much to pass up and select Zaven Collins. Sean McDermott is building a defensive juggernaut.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com said:
If the Bills want to add another Swiss Army Knife to the secondary, Molden could be the ideal pick as a hybrid safety/corner with a high football IQ and natural playmaking ability.
Ben Standig of The Athletic echoed Mel Kiper of ESPN with this pick, saying:
Props to the Bills’ front office and coaching staff for creating a culture that had their main free agents choose to stay in Western New York, with some even signing team-friendly deals. The devaluation of running backs benefits the rising AFC runners-up. Harris’ well-rounded skill set will immediately jump him over Devin Singletary and Zack Moss on the Bills’ depth chart, and he will balance an offense led by quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.”
Cynthia Frelund of NFL.com said:
This would be a – quite literally – huge get for Buffalo. When considering the current DT market, this pairing drives a ton of value.
There are a little more than three weeks remaining before opening night of the NFL Draft, and your guess is as good as mine or any of the published mock drafters out there regarding who the Buffalo Bills might pick in the first round.
What trade scenarios could there be:
When I post mock drafts on either Facebook or Twitter, the number one response I get from fans from any team is they should trade down. This is what recent history shows if the Bills are looking to move on from the 30th pick:
If you’re wondering about the value of the Bills trading pick No. 30 (either up or down), here are the most recent scenarios of both:
No. 30 and a 4th (136)
for No. 26
for a 2nd (37), 4th (132), 5th (142)
— Sal Capaccio 🏈 (@SalSports) April 3, 2021
I do not believe either scenario is out of the question for the Bills. History shows that under Brandon Beane, the Bills tend to move up to select their player. In 2018, the Bills moved up twice to select QB Josh Allen and then moved up again to select LB Tremaine Edmunds. In 2019, they moved up in the second round to select OL Cody Ford and then again in the third round from TE Dawson Knox.
Personally, I can not wait to see what the NFL Draft has in store for the Buffalo Bills. The NFL Draft gives every fan hope that they are drafting the next great player that will lead them to the Super Bowl.