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Buffalo Bills NFL Draft Breakdown

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series 2019 NFL Draft Breakdown

The Buffalo Bills had a 6-10 season in 2018 and struggled in nearly every aspect of the game. They needed to add some quality players to their roster.

This is what they did in the NFL Draft.

Players Drafted

Players Pick Pos. School
Ed Oliver 9 DT Houston
Cody Ford 38 OT Oklahoma
Devin Singletary 74 RB Florida Atlantic
Dawson Knox 96 TE Mississippi
Vosean Joseph 147 LB Florida
Jaquan Johnson 181 S Miami
Daryl Johnson 225 EDGE North Carolina A&T
Tommy Sweeney 228 TE Boston College

Notable UDFA

Player Pos. School
Tyree Johnson QB Buffalo
Davis Sills WR West Virginia
Tyrel Dodson LB UNC-Charlotte
Blake Hance OL Northwestern

TEAM 2019 Outlook

Offense

The biggest human in the NFL Draft, Oklahoma Sooners OT Cody Ford, was an exceptional pick up by the Bills with pick 38. Weighing in at nearly 350 pounds, this 6’4” monster of a man was only a Junior when he declared for the NFL Draft.

He is great with his hands, has a solid anchor and is surprisingly nimble for such a big man. He will slot into the starting role at RG. He will quickly become a best friend of QB Josh Allen, as he protects the man with the ball like no other.

Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary was taken with the 74th overall pick and what a great choice it was from a Bills offense looking old in 2019. Singletary is an incredibly elusive player, who continues to pump the legs and make yards after contact. He doesn’t have a lot of straight-line speed and didn’t have a lot of receiving opportunities in college but will push hard for an RB2 role in a stacked set up. Training camp will be the key for him as he looks to get ahead of Frank Gore, LeSean McCoy, and TJ Yeldon.

The Bills used their 96th pick to take Mississippi TE Dawson Knox. A strange choice for mine, Knox hasn’t scored a TD since high school and is more of a blocking TE. This would mean the Bills are going to continue to smash the run game in 2019. In his four years Ole Miss, he only played in 18 games, had 39 receptions for 605 yards.

Then, in the middle of the 7th round, the Bills select Boston College TE Tommy Sweeney. Now, this kid can ball. He played 38 games across four seasons, making 99 catches for nearly 1300 yards and 10 TDs. The TE contest between incumbent Tyler Kroft, Sweeney and Knox is going to light up the Bills preseason. My money is on the underdog Sweeney.

The Bills have more WRs on the book than they do front office staff, so when they added West Virginia WR David Sills as a UDFA, it just made the situation more muddled than it already was. Another offseason contest to watch for fans. Sills could get some game time but probably won’t be a star of the future.

Local Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson won’t have to travel far from his college campus to the Bills training ground as the latest UDFA pick up. If things go wrong for Allen this season, Jackson will fight it out with Matt Barkley for the starting role.

Defense

The Bills hit a home run with their first pick by selecting the freakish talent that is Houston DT Ed Oliver. Oliver is quick off the snap, has incredible penetration ability and uses his hands well to dispose of opponents and get in behind the line. He uses his hips well and will be a punishing threat between the lanes for the Bills for years to come.

With pick 147, the Bills selected Florida LB Vosean Joseph. The guy has plenty of speed and reads the play. He directs his team around the park well, but he will need to work hard and prove himself if he is to be a starter in the future.

Jaquan Johnson is a player we should all the watching out for in the years to come. The Miami Safety was the 181st pick in the Draft and will push hard to be the starter in time. He played 48 games in four seasons with Miami and made a whopping 252 tackles and was made captain. He is a leader of men, is reliable in coverage and has soft hands.

This kid could be the future in Buffalo. I hope he packed a warm jacket.

Grade: A-

Overall the Bills did well with their 2019 Draft class. There are plenty of players who need work, but they have addressed most of their team issues. The future is bright.

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