The film room junkies and number crunchers at Pro Football Focus have picked what they believe are the best scheme fits for the Bills and the league’s 31 other clubs for each of the first three rounds of the 2016 NFL draft.
Their picks for Buffalo are interesting as there is a heavy O-line and linebacker focus throughout their choices. Here’s a look at their perceived fits.
Round 1 (19th overall)
Jack Conklin, OT Michigan State
Conklin is a dominant run-blocker who should thrive in Buffalo’s power scheme, and he’s no slouch in pass protection, either, allowing only 25 pressures the last two seasons. Conklin can slide in as the Bills’ starter at right tackle and be an immediate upgrade over incumbent starter Seantrel Henderson, who has an awful minus-46.8 overall grade in his first two seasons.
Cody Whitehair, G Kansas State
Whitehair was the highest-graded OT in the FBS last season, but he projects as more of a guard at the next level. Regardless of where he ends up slotting in, however, the right side of the Buffalo line needs help at either spot.
Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
Floyd was our highest-graded 3-4 OLB last season, and he also led the group in pass-rushing grade. The Bills need an edge rusher to pair with Jerry Hughes, and Floyd is one of the best in the class.
Round 2 (49th overall)
Su’a Cravens, LB USC
Cravens played both safety and linebacker at USC (but is probably more linebacker than safety at the next level) and would provide Buffalo with a dynamic chess piece on the defensive side. Cravens is strong against the run — his run-defense grade in 2015 ranked seventh among safeties in this draft class, and his run-defense grade in 2014 was tops among the same group. He also has sound instincts in coverage.
Joshua Garnett, G Stanford
Garnett was our second-highest-graded guard in the class in 2015, and his run-blocking grade was tops among the group. Garnett is a devastating pull blocker who is excellent at locating defenders while on the move. He has the potential to be one of the league’s best run-blockers in Buffalo’s scheme.
Scooby Wright III, LB Arizona
Wright was second among all FBS linebackers in 2014 in overall grade, and he should step into the league and be a force against the run. He has innate instincts against the run, is always balanced and under control, and has NFL-caliber lateral quickness. Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham combined for a very poor minus-32.3 run-defense grade for Buffalo in 2015.
Round 3 (80th overall)
Kyler Fackrell, DE/OLB, Utah State
Fackrell has the versatility that should fit well with Buffalo’s 3-4 scheme. He has excellent hands as a pass-rusher and he also dropped into coverage 192 times last year and finished the season with a positive coverage grade.
Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State
Correa is an athletic, slippery rusher who wins with movement over hands and strength. He possesses good closing speed and should be able to track down QBs along with backs and receivers in space. He frequently played with his hand on the ground at Boise State, but projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
After the top tier of tackles come off the board, there is nobody in this class who has a higher floor than Murphy. He is technically sound with his punch and he keeps his hands high and tight in pass protection. He isn’t the most athletic prospect in the draft, but his consistency and technique should allow him to become a competent starting NFL tackle.
Personally I don’t believe Floyd or Conklin will be on the board at 19 for Buffalo in round one. I think Scooby Wright is graded too high here. I do like each of the third-round options they’ve chosen though.
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