Written by Bobby Greco
Overall grade: B
I think the Bills had an overall pretty strong draft. They filled some needs and got really good value for when each player was picked. There were two picks that I think they should have done something different, but they generally had another good draft for the McDermott and Beane duo.
Round 2, AJ Epenesa Edge Iowa, grade B-: Epenesa was one of the top-ranked pass rushers coming into the draft, and Buffalo was able to grab him late in the 2nd round, so they got a ton of value in this pick. The reason I don’t give this pick a higher grade is I’m not sure exactly where he fits in the Bills defense and I don’t know how well his skills will translate to the NFL. I think he would be at his best as a standing DE, in a 3-4 defense and that isn’t what Buffalo runs. I think they would have better used the pick on a pure linebacker that could replace Lorenzo Alexander, like Malik Harrison who was still on the board. On the plus side, if Epenesa reaches his full potential, this pick can be a huge win.
Round 3, Zack Moss RB Utah, grade A: I love this pick for the Bills. Moss was one of the most productive backs during his time at Utah and his playstyle is a perfect complement to Devin Singletary. This is also a great fit for Moss because he doesn’t have to be the feature RB for the team and they will really be able to really display his strongest attributes. Moss is the type of runner who likes getting tough and doing the offense's dirty work, which will make him a very popular player in Buffalo.
Round 4, Gabriel Davis WR UCF, grade B+: The one thing Buffalo was missing on offense was a big receiver that can be a red-zone weapon and I think Davis can fill that role. He was the top WR at UCF the past two seasons and that is impressive because UCF was one of the top teams in the country. Davis set the single-season receiving yards record at UCF this past season and has been a major threat in that offense since the day he stepped on to campus. He has great body control and is excellent at high pointing the ball on contested catches. I think Buffalo is a great situation for him because he will be used in-game scenarios that allows him to use his best skills and he doesn’t need to be the top threat in the offense. Buffalo has a lot of weapons on offense now, so Davis will be able to develop his skills and learn from guys like Diggs and Brown.
Round 5, Jake Fromm QB Georgia, grade C: I don’t understand this pick, we have a backup QB that has played well and Fromm doesn’t have the arm you need to play in Buffalo. What saves him from getting a lower grade is that he is accurate and was very successful at Georgia, plus they got him late in the 5th. I just don’t see what Fromm brings to the team, that outweighs filling positions the team needs.
Round 6, Tyler Bass K Georgia Southern, grade B-: I didn’t like this at first, but once I looked at this player deeper I think he has a real shot of pushing Hauschka for the kicking job. Bass has a very powerful boot and is also accurate, so it will be interesting to see how things turn out. Hauschka struggled mightily with kicks over 50 yards and that is something Bass excels at, so it should motivate Hauschka and make for a good battle.
Round 6, Isaiah Hodgins WR Oregon St, grade A: I love this pick. Hodgins is a very big target, known for having fantastic hands. He scored 20 TDs on the year and finished his career as Oregon St second-leading WR, only trailing Brandon Cooks. He has an NFL pedigree and is a great competitor, who should become a favorite target for Josh Allen near the end zone. His 6’4 frame and athletic abilities give him a chance to be a touchdown magnet, so I am very excited to see what he can do. It’s his touchdown prowess, along with when he was picked that gets him a higher grade than Davis.
Round 7, Dane Jackson CB Pittsburgh, grade B: This is a good pick because it gives Buffalo more depth at a position they needed and they are getting great value drafting him in the 7th round. Jackson was the top corner at Pitt, so he was always up against their opponent’s top receiver and he usually held his own. He plays a physical game and should be able to contribute, which is huge for being drafted in the last round. He is a good example of how good this draft class was because any other year Jackson is a 3rd-4th round pick.