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Draft Decisions

NFL Draft Needs: AFC East

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: April 19, 2020, 4:33 pm ET

The Rotoworld Football crew’s Ian Hartitz, Nick Mensio, John Daigle and Hayden Winks are breaking down every team's biggest needs, division by division, and Josh Norris offers potential solutions in this month's NFL Draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Buffalo Bills

Notable Offseason Additions: WR Stefon Diggs, G/T Daryl Williams, DE Mario Addison, DE Quinton Jefferson, DT Vernon Butler, LB A.J. Klein, LB Tyler Matakevich, CB Josh Norman

Starting Offense

QB: Josh Allen

RB: Devin Singletary

WR1: Stefon Diggs

WR2: John Brown

WR3: Cole Beasley

TE: Dawson Knox

LT: Dion Dawkins

LG: Quinton Spain

C: Mitch Morse

RG: Daryl Williams

RT: Cody Ford

Starting Defense

LE: Mario Addison

RE: Jerry Hughes

DT: Ed Oliver

DT Star Lotulelei

WLB: Matt Milano

MLB: Tremaine Edmunds

SLB: A.J. Klein

CB: Tre’Davious White

CB: Josh Norman

SCB: Taron Johnson

S: Jordan Poyer

S: Micah Hyde

 

Team Needs

Mensio’s Analysis

Edge Rusher: The Bills lost Shaq Lawson to the Dolphins in free agency, but GM Brandon Beane did add Mario Addison and Quinton Jefferson to help Jerry Hughes get after opposing quarterbacks. Trent Murphy also remains on the roster, though his spot isn’t guaranteed as he heads into the final year of his deal with a $9.775 million cap number. Addison, however, will be 33 by Week 1, and Hughes turns 32 in August. The Bills could use an injection of youth here.

Cornerback: Tre’Davious White is one of the best corners in the league. But Josh Norman is entering his age-33 season and coming off a rough go of things with the Redskins. Former coach Ron Rivera didn’t even want him there, though Norman does rejoin his former DC Sean McDermott here. The Bills are relying on a scheme change to rejuvenate Norman. Behind these two are Levi Wallace, E.J. Gaines and Siran Neal, with Taron Johnson in the slot. McDermott would love to have a second lockdown cover guy opposite White for the future.

Running Back: Devin Singletary should be penned in as the starter barring something unforeseen on draft weekend, but there isn’t a whole lot going on behind him. Frank Gore remains unsigned and is unlikely to be back in Buffalo. T.J. Yeldon played just 150 snaps last season, and Christian Wade spent 2019 on the practice squad after coming over from the UK as an ex-rugby star. Taiwan Jones was signed as a free agent, but he’s strictly a special teamer.

 

Bills' 2019 Draft Picks

Norris’ Options

2 (54). EDGE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame - The Bills don’t have the best roster in the NFL, but it is one of the most complete. I like Nick’s idea of making a strength stronger with an eye on 2021 with both Addison and Hughes on little guaranteed money starting next year. Sean McDermott’s best defenses have implemented rotation. With Jefferson working inside next to Ed Oliver, Okwara can be that athletic playmaker on the outside.

3 (86). RB Zack Moss, Utah - Singletary in a lead back role will be fun, but often NFL teams like to roster a hammer. One who theoretically creates his own yards after contact. Moss is one of the best at that in this class and should be available after Day 2 due to injuries in his past.

4 (128). TE Harrison Bryant, FAU - I spoke with Brandon Beane at the Combine about Dawson Knox. Last year’s rookie saw more time on the field than expected due to Tyler Kroft’s injury, a player the Bills were going to count on in 2019. With Kroft now entering the final season of that two-year contract, Bryant might be a long-term option as a Knox running mate.

5 (167). CB Michael Ojemudia, Iowa - A corner who has a feel for zone coverage and when to extend his area to make a play on the ball. Also comfortable firing upfield and attacking ball carriers on the edge or disrupting screens. 

6 (188). S Jordan Fuller, Ohio State - The Bills are far away from cap concerns, but it is noteworthy that Micah Hyde and Jordan Power are nearing contract decisions. The team might look at the position earlier than this. If so, that might be a sign of the future.

6 (201). T Charlie Heck, North Carolina - Ty Nsehke is entering his final year as the swing tackle. Maybe Heck could land on the practice squad and fill that role in the future.

7 (239). LB Shaun Bradley, Temple - McDermott loves athletic linebackers.

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