Written by Bobby Greco
The Bills are coming off their second playoff season in three years. The Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane built team has been quite successful since their arrival in 2017 and have put the Bills in a very comfortable position heading into 2020. I don’t see any gaping holes on this roster, just positions that can improve. After making a cannonball sized splash in trading for Stefon Diggs and getting the true number 1 WR they needed, their draft needs have changed a little bit. The team needs that still have to be addressed in the draft are DL, LB, DB, a big-bodied WR, RB(depth) and OL(depth). The Bills could also use more TE help, but I think they would be better off getting a veteran to progress the young ones on the team.
Round 2, Pick 54: Malik Harrison LB Ohio St, Malik is a very good fit here for Buffalo, who lost Lorenzo Alexander to retirement. He was a very productive player for Ohio St and should be able to step right into Lorenzo’s spot. Harrison is also a good character fit for Buffalo, because he is a physical and versatile linebacker, as well as being a special teams star.
Round 3, Pick 86: Michael Pittman Jr. WR USC, Though Buffalo just made the big move of acquiring Stefon Diggs, they still lack a big body WR and a guy who will be a red zone threat. Pittman would be a perfect fit because he is that guy standing at 6’4 weighing 223lbs and was the go-to receiver for USC the past three years. His production is even more impressive when you factor in how many different QBs he caught passes from during his career and I think you thank his NFL bloodline, it has given him a mature pro demeanor.
Round 4, Pick 128: Bradlee Anae DL Utah, Anae’s talent is better than a 4th round value, but I think he is going to be one of the players that suffer due to the depth of this entire draft class. He is a player who will have an instant impact but has to develop before being a starter. Anae has a relentless motor and will bring value to both defense and special teams. Buffalo was pretty active along the D-Line in free agency, but they still need a young pass rusher, who they can develop into a starter and Anee would be the steal of the draft here.
Round 5, Pick 167: Rico Dowdle RB South Carolina, Dowdle would be a good compliment to Devin Singletary, because he is a powerful RB who will bring an edge in short-yardage situations. I like what he would bring to Buffalo’s offense because he has a versatile skill set for a power runner.
Round 6, Pick 188: AJ Green DB Oklahoma St, Green is a big athletic Corner, who has the skills and measurables to be a versatile DB. He is definitely a project, but is great in a zone scheme and would be a great fit for Buffalo. Green will have to start as a special teamer, but if Josh Norman doesn’t pan out Green could see the field early.
Round 6, Pick 207: Thaddeus Moss TE LSU, I’m going with the best available here, but still filling a need. Though I think signing a veteran TE would be the smarter move, Moss has too much value to pass up on. It’s very unfortunate for Moss that doctors found a broken bone in his foot and he couldn’t compete at the combine, because I think he was going to have a very good performance. Moss didn’t have any production until this past season and was often overlooked in that lethal LSU offense, but if you put on the tape you can see he has all the tools to be a successful NFL TE(He does have a HOF pedigree). He would be able to develop and grow with Buffalo, which is what he needs and I think this would be a good marriage for both parties.
Round 7, Pick 239: Colton McKivitz OL West Virginia, This is a depth/developmental pick. McKivitz was a four-year starter at WVU, playing at both tackle spots. He is very athletic and would be able to play on special teams right away, but will have a great chance to grow into being the Bills swing tackle. If McKivitz becomes his full potential, he would be considered the steal of the draft.