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Can the Buffalo Bills wait on drafting defensive linemen?

The Buffalo Bills believe that the defensive line depth is pretty deep in this year's draft class.

Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley believes this year's draft class is very deep along the defensive line. Whaley had the following to say about the 2016 draft class on BuffaloBills.com:

“Overall it’s deep on the defensive line,” said Whaley. “It’s really deep on the defensive line. It’s deep at quarterback so we’re excited about that. Also at receiver, it’s not top heavy at receiver, but it’s deep there. So I think it’s going to be a really excellent draft for some of the areas where we could use some backups and help.”

Many mock drafts have the Bills addressing their defensive line in the first round of the 2016 draft, but unless a player they covet falls into their lap, could the Bills hold off on drafting defensive linemen? It's certainly a possibility.

Instead, the Bills could focus on the linebacker position, arguably their weakest positional unit in 2015, or offensive tackle. If a player like Reggie Ragland fell into Buffalo's lap, it'd make sense to take the inside linebacker in round one and focus the defensive line later in the draft. Buffalo could also have some impressive outside linebackers to choose from at pick 19. Right now, Myles Jack seems like the only OLB that will definitely be off the board when the Bills are on the clock.

Offensive tackle is another possibility for the Bills in the first round. This position could leapfrog the linebacker position in terms of need if the team is unable to re-sign Cordy GlennTaylor Decker or Jack Conklin could be in play for the Bills.

If the defensive line class is as deep as Whaley states, it may be best for Buffalo to address another position in the first round.


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