The Buffalo Bills will be on the clock before we know it. Over the course of the next three days, Buffalo will welcome quite a few new players into the fold. Who will the Bills add and what will the Bills do over the course of the next few days? Here are some predictions.
Buffalo will attempt to trade down from pick 19
Trading down in the draft makes plenty of sense for the Bills. The draft class is loaded defensively and the team could add more picks in the first two days of the draft to add more pieces by trading down. That said, it’s easier said than done. Buffalo will need to see a QB like Paxton Lynch fall to 19 or another player that a team picking in the 20s covet fall. If that happens, the Bills will be more than happy to drop back into the 20s or even out of the first round if the deal is right.
Jarran Reed will be the pick at 19 if the Bills stay put
Buffalo visited Reed in Tuscaloosa recently and the Alabama defensive lineman gushed over how well the meeting went.
Reed’s positivity doesn’t mean that the Bills gave him any assurances that he’s ‘their guy’ but the pick makes a lot of sense for Buffalo. Reed can play all over Buffalo’s line and he’s considered one of the best run stuffers in the entire draft class. There are questions about Reed’s pass rush ability, but Reed is very confident that he can rush the passer and said that he left the Bills in awe at his pro day over his ability.
A wide receiver could be in play if Buffalo trades down
Yes, the Bills are a run-first team. Yes, the team has Sammy Watkins, Charles Clay, Robert Woods, and a few pass catching backs. Yes, Tyrod Taylor’s attempts will be most likely be in the lower third of the league.
There are many reasons for the Bills to avoid a wide receiver early, but there are a few reasons they may pursue a receiver. Adding one of the best WRs in the draft will only help Tyrod Taylor take the next step at quarterback. Robert Woods, the team’s No. 2 WR, is a free agent after the season so it’s possible the team adds their future complement to Watkins. Last, have you looked at the receivers behind Watkins and Woods? It’s not pretty.
Dak Prescott is the QB the Bills covet
Okay, we’re probably overthinking this one but at one point the Bills showed a lot of interest in Prescott. All of a sudden, Buffalo’s interest went quiet. Perhaps the team lost interest after Prescott was charged with a DUI. It’s certainly possible.
It’s also possible that the Bills wanted to associate themselves with just about every other QB in the second tier except Prescott to throw teams off. We’ve heard so much about Buffalo’s interest in Christian Hackenberg, Kevin Hogan, and Cardale Jones that we’ve almost forgotten about Prescott. Don’t be surprised if Prescott is a Bills target late on day two or early on day three.
A safety will be drafted by the end of the second day
Buffalo’s need for a safety has not discussed as much as it should be leading up to the draft. Aaron Williams’ neck injury from last year is still being talked about as a concern and Corey Graham struggled late in the season. The team added Robert Blanton in free agency, but that shouldn’t make the Bills feel any better about their safety situation.
In the first three rounds of the draft, Buffalo could target safeties such as Karl Joseph, Keanu Neal, or Vonn Bell. Joseph and Bell were both pre-draft visitors.