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Buffalo Bills Too Early NFL Draft Look Ahead


I know, I know. We’re only through week 4, how can anyone possibly be looking towards the draft? Try being a Buffalo Bills fan for one week and you’ll understand pretty well.

After back-to-back beat downs at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers , the Bills showed life with an impressive win in Minnesota in week 3 before regressing into nothingness against the Packers. Josh Allen has shown flashes of brilliance, but it’s way too early to know if the Bills have finally found their guy at quarterback. The defense showed signs of life, too. Past that, there isn’t much. So let’s look ahead to April where the Bills will almost certainly have a pick in the top three of the NFL Draft.

What do the Bills need going in? Try just about everything. They have immediate glaring issues on the offensive line, at wide receiver, tight end and running back. They have coming issues on the defensive line with Kyle Williams near retirement and Star Lotulelei isn’t much more than a stopgap. So what are the options for the Bills?

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Right now, Oliver is the consensus top pick. He’s been highly productive for the Cougars and would be able to step right in on the defensive line and provide an impact. In a draft top-heavy on interior defensive linemen, Oliver is probably the safest bet should the Bills land the top pick (and at the rate their going, they’ll likely not have any real challengers for it).

Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn


With great size at 6-5, 316, Brown has the biggest potential among the defensive linemen. He can be a real disruption in the middle of the line, though he still lacks in the consistency department. Like Oliver, he has the potential to step in and provide an instant impact.

I could continue on listing the top prospects and list probably 4-6 more defensive linemen. It’s a stacked class as far as that position goes. But what if the Bills don’t land the first pick or have their hearts set on a particular player at the top of everyone’s board? A trade down could become possible with the Bills looking elsewhere. Unfortunately, most mock drafts project defensive linemen as eight of the top ten picks. So unless the Bills stun everyone and take Oregon quarterback Justin Hebert (and that would be an epic stunner given Josh Allen’s presence), the Bills would have to drop to around 10th overall to get value on a non-lineman.

So here are the other potential players they could possible trade up for later in the first round as it seems unlikely they’ll drop from first or second all the way to tenth:

Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

It’s no secret that the Bills have a dearth of talent at receiver, so moving up to grab the smaller, faster Brown would make sense. It would give Allen someone with the speed to run under the tremendous deep balls he can throw. Size will always be a question for receivers under six feet, but Brown has big-time potential when he gets near the football.

Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Much like the receiving corps, the offensive line is in shambles outside of Dion Dawkins (and possibly Vladimir Ducasse, though it’s still early). Moving up to grab Williams would give the Bills a pair of quality bookends to keep Allen upright going forward.

Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky

Because screw it, give us all your Josh Allens.

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