Bills Post-NFL Draft 53 Man Roster Projection

The Buffalo Bills are deep and talented at quite a few positions after the 2015 NFL draft.

With the 2015 NFL draft in the books, it’s time to get an idea of what Buffalo’s 53-man roster will look like come September. The Buffalo Bills are fielding a very deep roster at certain positions, but there were some difficult cuts that needed to be made. Here’s a look at the post-draft 53-man roster.

Quarterback (3)

Matt Cassel, E.J. Manuel, Tyrod Taylor

The quarterback position will be an open competition and any of these quarterbacks could win the opening day job. It’s too early to pick a winner, so we’ll list the trio in alphabetical order and let the reader decide predict the depth chart order.

Running Back (4)

 LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon, Karlos Williams

Hello, Karlos Williams. Goodbye, Bryce Brown. Buffalo’s backfield was already pretty crowded, but after drafting Williams, one of the running backs will go. Bryce Brown is the odd man out.

Notable cut: Bryce Brown

Fullback (1)

 Jerome Felton

Felton doesn’t really have any completion at the position and he’s a terrific blocker. He’s beyond safe.

Wide Receiver (7)

 Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin, Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley, Marquise Goodwin, Dezmin Lewis

The first six wide receivers really shouldn’t surprise you, but the seventh (yes, seventh) wide receiver should. Dezmin Lewis, Buffalo’s seventh round pick, makes the 53 man roster as a legitimate red zone threat in year one.

Tight End (3)

 Charles Clay, MarQueis Gray, Nick O’Leary

We’ve all heard that offensive coordinator Greg Roman loves to utilize the tight end position, but in this 53-man roster projection only three tight ends make the roster. All three tight ends fit the H-back mold and each will be utilized in 2015.

Notable cut: Chris Gragg

Offensive Tackle (3)

Cordy Glenn, Seantrel Henderson, Cyrus Kouandjio

Right now, the Bills have three offensive tackle options. Buffalo is interested in La’el Collins, but the same can be said about the majority of the league. If Kouandjio shows improvement after working with LeCharles Bentley, the team will have a solid trio at the position.

Offensive Guard (4)

 John Miller, Richie Incognito, Cyril Richardson, Kraig Urbik

Drafting Miller makes releasing Chris Williams a legitimate possibility this offseason. The third round pick has a great chance of starting along with Richie Incognito at guard. Cyril Richardson and Kraig Urbik will back-up the starters.

Notable cut: Chris Williams

Center (1)

 Eric Wood

Wood starts at center and Urbik is second-string at the position.

Defensive Line (6)

Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Stefan Charles, Jarius Wynn, Alex Carrington, Corbin Bryant

As of right now, Buffalo carries six defensive linemen. Dareus and Williams are locks to start, but there will be a competition at the other defensive end position.

Outside Linebacker (5)

 Mario Williams, Jerry Hughes, Manny Lawson, Randell Johnson, Cedric Reed

No surprise in Buffalo’s top four, but undrafted free agent Cedric Reed makes the squad in a surprise. Reed didn’t meet expectations in Texas this season, but he was playing with a torn meniscus all season. He’ll open some eyes in training camp.

Inside Linebacker (3)

Preston Brown, Nigel Bradham, Ty Powell

Buffalo only carries three inside linebackers and the depth isn’t there behind the starters. Sixth round pick Tony Steward doesn’t make the 53-man roster, but is added to the team’s practice squad.

Notable cut: Tony Steward

Cornerback (7)

 Stephon Gilmore, Corey Graham, Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey, Ronald Darby, Ross Cockrell, Ron Brooks

Buffalo is deep at cornerback so it may be surprising to see the team carrying seven cornerbacks. Ron Brooks is the wild card here. Buffalo could try him at safety if needed and his special teams play keeps him as a member of the Bills.

Safety (3)

 Aaron Williams, Duke Williams, Bacarri Rambo

Rambo wins out the third safety job from Jonathan Meeks and Kenny Ladler.

Notable cut: Jonathan Meeks

Kicker (1)

 Dan Carpenter

Punter (1)

Colton Schmidt

Long Snapper (1)

Garrison Sanborn

No surprises on special teams, but the Bills don’t have the room to carry kickoff specialist Jordan Gay or their returner Marcus Thigpen

Notable cuts: Jordan Gay and Marcus Thigpen

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