BUFFALO BILLS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
OLB, CB, WR, G, TE, RB
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
WR Stefon Diggs (trade), OLB Mario Addison, DT Vernon Butler, CB EJ Gaines, DE Quinton Jefferson, CB Josh Norman, G Quinton Spain, G Daryl Williams
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
RB Frank Gore, DT Corey Liuget, DT Jordan Phillips, DE Shaq Lawson, OLB Lorenzo Alexnder, CB Kevin Johnson, S Kurt Coleman
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
CB Noah Igbinoghene, CB Bryce Hall, CB Damon Arnette, CB Trevon Diggs, G Lloyd Cushenberry III, TE Cole Kmet, G Robert Hunt, WR Tee Higgins, WR Michael Pittman Jr., WR K.J. Hamler, OLB Curtis Weaver, OLB Terrell Lewis, OLB Julian Okwara
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
WR Colling Johnson, WR Bryan Edwards, WR Tyler Johnson, CB Amik Robertson, CB Darnay Holmes, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Michael Ojemudia, CB Bryce Hall, G Tyler Biadasz, G Matt Hennessy, G Shane Lemieux, G Ben Bredeson, OLB Jabari Zuniga, OLB Alex Highsmith, OLB Darrell Taylor
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Bills traded their first-round pick to get Vikings wide receiver, Stefon Diggs. That move makes sense as Diggs is a dynamite route runner with great hands and overall speed. He’ll be the team’s number one target in the passing game. Despite the move, the Bills could still use their first pick of the Draft on a wideout. Behind Diggs on the depth chart are Cole Beasley and John Brown. Both of those guys lack size, and with Diggs being just a hair over 6’0, this team needs size at the wide receiver position. There are two players who could be on the board when the Bills finally get to pick that would make a lot of sense. One is USC’s Michael Pittman and the other is Clemson’s, Tee Higgins. Both of these guys are over 6’3 and can go up and win contested balls. Adding them to this receiving corps would give Josh Allen a red zone target and make life a little easier for him.
The team also needs to add a young edge rusher. They could find some attractive options on the board here too. Curtis Weaver, Terrell Lewis, and Julian Okwara are a couple of players who would make sense for the Bills. These players all have explosive first steps and show a relentless motor on the way to the quarterback. The Bills lost Shaq Lawson to their division rival the Dolphins and could use one of these youngsters to restore some of that pass rush that left when Lawson did.
In round 3 the Bills could take the position they pass on in Round 2. If they go with a wide receiver first then they could grab their pass rusher here. Names like Jabari Zuniga and Darrell Taylor could be on their radar. These players could be worked in as part of a rotation and eventually be seen as the replacement for the ageless Jerry Hughes.
If the BIlls go with a wide receiver in Round 3 then Collin Johnson from Texas makes sense. He’s 6’6 with decent speed and would give the Bills the size their receiving corps currently lacks. The Bills could also go with a guard as early as Round 3. Prospects like Tyler Biadasz, Matt Hennessy, and Ben Bredeson could all come in and compete with Jon Feliciano and Quinton Spain for playing time.
The Bills could also grab a young cornerback. They dusted off the ancient Josh Norman to help them this year but need a young playmaker. If they can get their hooves on Amik Robertson that would be a huge score. He’s very undersized but plays so much bigger. He’s aggressive, has great ball skills, and will bring a ton of energy to the back end of the Bills defense.
Round 2: Curtis Weaver DE/OLB, Boise State
Round 3: Amik Robertson CB, Louisiana Tech