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Penultimate Draft: Bills Edition

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Penultimate Draft: Bills Edition
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Free Agency for the most part is over and with the draft less than a month away, teams are starting to get an idea on their needs and who will fit those needs in each round.

2nd) Carl Davis DT from Iowa

Rex loves defense and he goes defense with his 1st pick. Davis is a big boy at 6’5 325. Davis is the ideal Nose Tackle in Rex Ryan’s defense. In college he was dominant in the run game as he even broke through double teams to stuff the run. However as a pass rusher he still has some work to do but right away he can be an immediate impact as a two down nose tackle. This way Dareus can move over to End where he can cause more mayhem in the backfield. While it doesn’t address the largest need at guard, it makes sure the Bills have a pretty dominant front seven.

3rd) John Miller OG from Louisville

Guard play was brutal last year and the Bills hope to fix one of the spots with Miller. Versatile in that he can play both left and right guard, Miller is a great fit for the power run game Greg Roman wants. Where he excels is using his power to push people around in the run game which is  what the Bills will doing a lot of next year.  He can be a day one starter and could be the left or right guard depending on where Incognito ends up.

5th) Jamil Douglas OL from Arizona State

Bills invest in the offensive line with Jamil Douglas. Versatile lineman who has played four of the offensive line positions including center, Douglas could be a solid backup in the interior of the line in case of injury right away. Very solid in pass protection but struggles with inconsistency, he is a project player but with the athletic ability to develop into a solid player. I don’t expect him to start right away, but he could be a valuable sixth lineman which is never a bad thing to have.

6th) Chaz Green OL from That College

Continuing the offensive line trend, Bills get a project lineman who is not ready to start day one but might be decent a year from now. Green was a starter at UF but suffered from injuries year after year. He has the athletic ability to be good and shows good technique but struggles mightily (just like everyone in a Muschamp offense). Durability concerns hurt him as well as he wasn’t particularly great. He could be like Seantrel Henderson who surprises us, or he could end up on the practice squad. But for a 6th round pick, it doesn’t hurt to take a chance on him.

6th) Hayes Pullard ILB from USC

Right now the Bills are lacking in the backup ILB department with Ty Powell being the only guy. Pullard is a solid run stuffing linebacker who has a good eye for the ball. However against the pass he is a little bit of a liability as he still needs some work in that department. Early on he could earn a spot on the roster as a Special Teamer where he can make big hits in coverage units as well as being a reserve ILB. At the very least he provides insurance in case of injury to either Brown or Bradham.

7th) Devin Gardner WR from Michigan

The Bills lack that big WR who can go up and get it. Devin Gardner is intriguing as he moved from QB to WR to QB and now is a WR for the draft process. He has pretty good size at 6’4 217 but is still extremely raw as a receiver. His best fit year one would be the practice squad where he can work on being a wide receiver. Gardner has size which is why he is worth a 7th round flier.

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