Inside The Bills

AFC East draft review

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2017 – 12:49 pm

Taking a look at the incoming draft classes of Buffalo’s division rivals there’s a ton of new talent on the rosters of the AFC East.

The Bills did a solid job of addressing some positional needs, particularly with their first three picks. Here’s a look at what Miami, New England and New York were able to pull together with their draft choices last weekend.

Rd 1 – OLB Charles Harris – Missouri
Rd 2 – ILB Raekwon McMillan – Ohio St.
Rd 3 – CB Cordrea Tankersley – Clemson
Rd 5 – G Isaac Asiata – Utah
Rd 5 – DT Gavon Godchaux – LSU
Rd 6 – DT Vincent Taylor – Oklahoma St.
Rd 7 – WR Isaiah Ford – Virginia Tech

The Dolphins did a good job over the first two days to help their defense. Harris can be the heir apparent to 35-year old Cameron Wake. McMillan will allow Miami to move Kiko Alonso outside to reduce his wear and tear and Tankersley could compete for a top four role. Isaiah Ford is an underrated receiver who can make difficult catches in a crowd.

Rd 3 – DE Derek Rivers – Youngstown St.
Rd 3 – OT Antonio Garcia – Troy
Rd 4 – DE Deatrich Wise – Arkansas
Rd 6 – OT Connor McDermott – UCLA

The Patriots got an unheralded pass rusher in Rivers and a promising tackle in Garcia. I saw Garcia all week at the Senior Bowl and despite a lean athletic frame, he is naturally strong and had no problem bowing up and holding off pass rushers.

Rd 1 – S Jamal Adams – LSU
Rd 2 – S Marcus Maye – Florida
Rd 3 – WR ArDarius Stewart – Alabama
Rd 4 – WR Chad Hansen – Cal
Rd 5 – TE Jordan Leggett – Clemson
Rd 5 – DL Dylan Donahue – West Georgia
Rd 6 – RB Elijah McGuire – Louisiana-Lafayette
Rd 6 – CB Jeremy Clark – Michigan
Rd 6 – CB Derrick Jones – Ole Miss

The Jets secondary was clearly a focus. Size at corner was the priority even though they didn’t address the position until the end of the draft, but Clark and Jones are both over 6-2. Their passing weapon picks through the middle rounds were pretty good. Stewart and Hansen catch everything and Leggett is a gamer at tight end.


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