The Bills brain trust spent round one of the draft watching names come off the board, no doubt paying particular attention to the picks by their AFC East rivals.
And when it comes to the New York Jets, it looks like they got a major influx of talent to their already talented defensive line.
The Jets chose USC DE Leonard Williams with the 6th overall pick in the draft. Some draft experts regarded him as the “safest” pick in the draft, others thought he was one of the most talented player available.
Williams doesn’t even turn 21 for another couple of months. At 6-5, 302 pounds, Williams joins a big, physical Jets defensive line that already includes Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, and Sheldon Richardson. Wilkerson and Richardson were also first round picks by the Jets.
Bills GM Doug Whaley says the Bills thought highly of Leonard Williams and are sorry to see him land in the division.
“Good player. I wish he didn’t go to the Jets in the division,” Whaley said after round one ended. “Good for them. He’s a heckuva player. We thought he was the best defensive player and probably the best player in the draft.”
Veteran Muhammad Wilkerson is entering the final year of his contract and the selection of Leonard Williams has ramped up speculation that New York might put Wilkerson on the market.
“”Right now, Muhammad is on our team,” Jets GM Mike Maccagnan told NJ.com Thursday night. “Again, I’m not going to speculate. We’re not actively trying to shop Muhammad. Right now, he’s part of us. Obviously, at some point in time, we’re going to talk to him and his agent, and kind of proceed forward.”
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