Most fans and draft analysts already know that the Buffalo Bills have a glaring weakness at linebacker. Pro Football Focus, an analytics site, not only stated that Buffalo's has a weakness at linebacker, but they also added that it's one of the top 10 glaring roster holes still remaining for NFL teams.
Buffalo Bills: Linebackers
Rex Ryan doesn’t seem to prioritize the linebacker position in his defense, but his Jets’ unit relied on David Harris as the cornerstone of the group throughout his tenure in New York. It says something that converted edge defender Manny Lawson is his best option at the moment. Lawson is a solid player (70.6 overall grade), but he should not be considered the standout on any defense. Nigel Bradham moved on to new pastures new this offseason, leaving Preston Brown as the starter at middle linebacker. He ended the year as our 90th-overall player at the position, with a grade of just 37.0. None of the Bills’ other options have much experience, suggesting Buffalo will address the position in the draft.
Linebacker, especially inside linebacker, is certainly an area of weakness for the Bills. In the 2016 NFL draft, the team could target Ohio State LB Darron Lee or Alabama LB Reggie Ragland in round one or look at a player such as Kentrell Brothers in round two. In free agency, Buffalo could explore signing available players such as Bruce Carter, Curtis Lofton, Zach Brown, and Karlos Dansby.null