The Bills are picking 19th overall in round one and there is expected to be quality defensive line and offensive line talent still on the board at that point, positions that figure to be of interest to Buffalo. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock broke down the individual talent he expects to see on the board in the late teens in round one come late April.
“On the offensive side, you have to figure (Ole Miss OT Laremy) Tunsil and (Notre Dame OT Ronnie) Stanley are certainly gone,” said Mayock. “If a (Michigan State OT Jack) Conklin or (Ohio State OT Taylor) Decker were there, I think you’d have to look really hard at either of those guys. And one or both could be there. I think they’re really logical.
“And then you have to compare that to what you see against the edge rush side. (Ohio State DE) Joey Bosa is probably gone. (Eastern Kentucky DE) Noah Spence is probably gone. Shaq Lawson from Clemson is an interesting guy. Leonard Floyd is a polarizing figure from Georgia. Some people think he’s a top-10 pick, some of them think he’s going to be Barkevious Mingo, meaning a great-looking, fast but underpowered player who ultimately won’t live up to what he should. So Leonard Floyd is a polarizing conversation. He should probably be sitting there. Kevin Dodd from Clemson, I’ve got him as a late first-round type of player. So I think there’s your conversation, is will one of those two tackles be available. If so, you might want to jump all over that, versus the uncertainties of Shaq Lawson, Leonard Floyd, and if Noah Spence was there, it would only be because of the off-the-field stuff.”
What’s interesting with Buffalo’s pick at 19 is right in front of them at 18 is Indianapolis, which has a more pressing need at offensive tackle with pass rush needs right behind. So a lot of what the Colts do at 18 could force the Bills to adjust their approach in a short amount of time being next on the clock.
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Tags: 2016 NFL draft, Mike Mayock
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