We’ve seen a host of different mock drafts during this pre-draft period, and most have favored the defensive side of the ball for the Bills. ProFootballFocus has put together a three-round mock draft and they’ve got the Bills picking two offensive players in their first three picks.
PFF has the Bills taking an offensive tackle in round one, a linebacker in round two and an interior offensive lineman in round three. While I don’t dismiss the possibility of Buffalo taking an offensive tackle in round one, I think it’s essentially a fall back option for what they’d like to do, which is add a starting caliber player to their front seven on defense. Here were PFF’s picks for the Bills.
- Buffalo Bills – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
One of the best fits in the draft, Conklin is a powerful run blocker best used in a power scheme and that’s exactly how Buffalo wants to play offensively. Conklin is no slouch in pass protection either, allowing only 25 pressures on 849 snaps the last two years.
- Buffalo Bills – Su’a Cravens, S/LB, USC
A tweener prospect, Cravens is more linebacker than safety and while there may not be a clean fit in Buffalo’s base defense, he projects as a nickel linebacker in their scheme. He’s strong against the run with sound instincts in coverage.
- Buffalo Bills – Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
Rex Ryan officially loves this draft as he now adds perhaps the best pulling guard in the class in Garnett. It’s a perfect fit for the Bills who love to pull their guards in the run game, and Garnett has plenty of experience in Stanford’s scheme where he posted the second-best run blocking grade in the nation last year.
Tags: 2016 NFL draft, Jack Conklin
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