Buffalo Bills: Peeking into the 2021 NFL Draft for Bills Mafia
Offense or defense? That is the question for Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane.
The Bills have seven picks — a first-round (No. 30 overall), a second-round (No. 61), a third-round (No. 93), two in the fifth round (Nos. 161 from the Los Angeles Raiders and No. 174), a sixth-round (No. 213) and a seventh-round (No. 236 from the Carolina Panthers).
It was a great 2020 season for Buffalo fans. The team finished with a 13-3 overall record, won the AFC East for the first time since 1995 and played in the AFC championship game. It was a season that proved the team is on the rise and a Super Bowl contender. There are still gaps to fill and the team can address those needs in the 2021 NFL Draft.
FIRST ROUND — NO. 30 OVERALL
There is a need for an interior guard or tackle to help solidify the offensive line. The problem is the draft is usually hit or miss with offensive linemen. The Bills have the No. 30 overall pick and several of the top linemen could be gone through the middle picks.
The same could be said for the defensive line. Buffalo is looking to add depth at defensive tackle behind Vernon Butler. They could also use an edge rusher to help strengthen a possible rotation of players.
Fans will likely want the team to go offensive and pick either an offensive guard or tackle, but I believe Alabama running back Najee Harris will be the pick.
SECOND ROUND — NO. 61
In addition to the Bills needing depth on the edge and having a strong pass-rush, the secondary is thin after Tre White and Taron Johnson. Adding a solid physical playmaker to the secondary would be welcomed.
The issue is several players have already been taken or have been traded up for. I believe the Bills choose either cornerback Tyson Campbell from Georgia or Syracuse cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu. Having said that, if some of the top-tier prospects haven’t come off the board then I believe Buffalo will select either Florida State’s Asante Samuel Jr. or Texas Christian University safety Trevon Moehrig.
THIRD ROUND — NO. 93
Having selected both an offensive and defensive player at this point, the Bills should look at the next biggest need. At this point, the team could go either an edge rusher or defensive tackle. University of Houston’s Payton Turner makes sense here. He has solid size and length at 6-feet, 5-inches and 270 pounds. If they decide to go defensive tackle then Texas A&M’s Bobby Brown III could be the pick.
FIFTH ROUND — NO. 161 & NO. 174
In this round the Buffalo Bills have two picks, 13 selections apart. The team could do many things at this point. If they haven’t already traded away these two picks to draft in the early rounds, then they start to think offensively.
The picks could be a wide receiver, tight end, or running back. University of Central Florida’s Marlon Williams, Michigan’s Nico Williams, or Texas Tech’s T.J. Vasher are potential selections at wide receiver. Georgia tight end Tre’ McKitty could be selected or Louisiana’s running back Elijah Mitchell might be chosen.
SIXTH & SEVENTH ROUNDS — NO. 213 & NO. 236
As teams get in the final two rounds they tend to go for the best overall remaining players. It also depends on if the team answered its needs in the draft and feels like adding depth to a certain position. I believe the Bills select at least one more offensive and defensive player. The sixth-round pick could be Kansas running back Pooka Williams or Iowa rusher Chauncey Golston. The final pick of the 2021 draft for the Bills could be North Texas wide receiver Jaelon Darden or LSU safety JaCoby Stevens.
Don’t agree with Michael’s ideas on who the Buffalo Bills should draft? Let us know.
Stay with IroniqMedia for all of your sports news and notes by clicking here.
Follow Michael Christopher on Twitter @chop2datop.