Leading up to the 2016 NFL draft, one of the most popular mock draft picks for the Buffalo Bills at pick 19 was Robert Nkemdiche. In terms of talent, the pick made plenty of sense. However, Nkemdiche had his fair share of red flags.
As we all know now, the Bills selected Shaq Lawson at pick 19. Buffalo wasn't expecting Lawson on the board. In fact, they expected the former Clemson Tiger to be off the board by pick 12. When he fell to 19, Lawson was an easy choice for Buffalo. Hypothetically, would the Bills have considered Nkemdiche at 19 if Lawson was off the board?
"No way," said Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com. When asked about Buffalo possibly considering Nkemdiche, Brown said the following:
For them Lawson was a tremendous value there at 19. As for Nkemdiche, it was evident that his off the field concerns and on the field concerns were too much for a number of teams besides the Bills. Buffalo just parted ways with a player who did not give his best on the field for the last 10 weeks of last season in Mario Williams. Did you really think they would bring in another player with a history of similar play, especially with their first-round pick?
There was no way that was going to happen.
You have to appreciate Brown's honesty about Buffalo's feelings towards Nkemdiche. Had Lawson been off the board, the Bills would have taken their second round choice, Reggie Ragland. Their third option would have been Jarran Reed, a player Buffalo attempted to trade up for later in Round 2.