It’s time to talk draft Buffalo Bills fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 14, 2019 • Updated: April 6, 2019
To win, teams have to hit on all three cylinders, the Bills only hit on one last year: defense. Because they have a top five defense, the light only shines brighter on the glaring needs on offense and special teams. The good news is that Buffalo has the cap space to add some quality players in free agency. If they can pick up a few starters in the draft and build some quality depth, they will be a much improved team in 2019.
The Bills have been busy signing nine offensive free agents. The list includes OC Mitch Morris, WR John Brown, and OT TY Nsekhe.
2019 draft picks
The Bills have no Compensatory Picks.
- Defensive End
- Wide Receiver
- Defensive Tackle
- Tight End
- Running Back
- Versatile Offensive Lineman
The Bills have their franchise quarterback in Josh Allen, now they need to protect him. They’ll probably look to free agency first, yet with so many picks, expect them to take a couple of linemen in the draft. They could also use an upgrade in talent at the skilled positions. Don’t be surprised if they grab a few special teams standouts in the later rounds.
While the defense was the bright spot last year, still, overall the defense struggled. They have a good foundation in place. Look for them to add some defensive tackles, edge rushers, and a cover corner.
Prospects to watch
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Ferrell would be too good to pass up if he were available a nine. He was a Consensus All-American. He was the nations top defensive end and name the 2018 Hendricks Award winner. In his three years at Clemson, Ferrell has racked up 51 tackles for loss and 27 sacks. He possesses an explosive first step and uses his hands well to shed. Because of his size, he holds up well against the run and can be an every down player.
Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo
Physically, he looks like a grown man, ready to take the field. He’s been timed at 4.4 in the 40, so plenty of speed. On tape, his gets in and out of his routes, gaining separation and catching the ball with his hands. Of interest: Johnson has three cousins in the NFL, including Jadeveon Clowney.
Michael Jordan, OC, Ohio State
In his three year career with the Buckeyes, Jordan started 41 games. That’s pretty remarkable. In 2016, he was the first true freshman to start on the Ohio State offensive line in 23 years, since Orlando Pace in 1994. Jordan can play center; he can play guard; and he has the size (6-7, 310) to move out and play tackle.
Mercole Hardman, PR/WR, Georgia
This past season, Hardman showed himself to be one of the nation’s most electrifying return men. He returned 14 kicks for 353 yards; and 16 punts for 321 yards with a 20.1 average. He also caught 33 passes for 529 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s been said to run in the 4.33 range.
Players to Watch: WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi; DE Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan; WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State; WR DaMarkus Lodge, Mississippi; DT Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois; and CB JoeJuan Williams, Vanderbilt.
General Manager: Brandon Beane | Head Coach: Sean McDermott | Offensive Coordinator: Brian Daboll | Defensive Coordinator: Leslie Fraizer
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Josh Allen QB | R1 Tremaine Edmunds LB
2017: R1 Tre’Davious White CB | R2 Zay Jones WR
2016: R1 Shaq Lawson DE |
R2 Reggie Ragland LB
R2 Ronald Darby CB | R3 John Miller OG