Buffalo Bills 2019 NFL Mock Draft
Here it is…my first Buffalo Bills Mock Draft of 2019. A few takeaways here.
I created this mock draft with zero trade up’s or trade down’s. This is if Buffalo were to stand pat or if every team were to stand pat at their selection which is obviously HIGHLY UNLIKELY. This draft would also follow an offseason in which Buffalo will be adding players via FA which they haven’t been able to do to their fullest capacity the last couple years due to a hamstrung salary cap.
Ed Oliver (Interior Defensive Lineman/Houston): One of my favorite players in this year’s draft class if he were to be available at 9th overall and Buffalo selected him I would do a back flip through a table. Oliver is a rare dynamic talent that would remain a fixture on a Defensive Line that needs a replacement to Kyle Williams. Yes I liked what Jordan Phillips and Harrison Phillips did but in my opinion you can never have enough pass rushers in this league. When you have a 41 soon to be 42-year-old Tom Brady, Sam Darnold, and quite possibly a Kyler Murray in Miami or at the very least a new Quarterback in South Beach, you need to revamp that Defensive Line. Oliver does that. Passing over a positional need to bolster an already solid unit on the roster would seem like a stretch for Bills fans but my drafting strategy has always been to take the best players available regardless of positional need. If Buffalo were to continue to add to their defense they could eventually be one of the better defenses in the National Football League. Think long-term. Edmunds. White. Oliver. Phillips. Lawson. I like that.
Greg Little (Offensive Tackle/Ole Miss): The 6’5 325lb Offensive Tackle out of Ole Miss protected Chad Kelly’s blindside now he will protect Josh Allen. The question is does Greg Little project as a Left Tackle or a Right Tackle. I can only judge what my eyes see. Little would be a massive upgrade at Right Tackle over incumbent starter Jordan Mills. When the Buffalo Bills drafted Dion Dawkins in 2017 I thought he would eventually move over to guard but he has played very well when playing alongside a decent Left Guard (Incognito,Teller). Regardless Greg Little would be a massive upgrade to one of the worst Offensive Line’s in Pro Football. Buffalo has already added Spencer Long who I personally see as a depth add but with plenty of cap space and the addition of Little and Bobby Evans the Bills Offensive Line should be reshaped heading into 2019 via Draft and Free Agency.
Elijah Holyfield (RB/Georgia): The son of former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield. Elijah packs a punch just like his Daddy. One of the more powerful RB’s in this year’s draft. Holyfield has a very low center of gravity that he uses to push through the defenders. Buffalo has always had great RB’s and they need one far more than Bills fans want to admit. LeSean McCoy is in the last year of his contract and could very well be cut come draft time to help the Bills save $6.5 million in cap space. My opinion is mixed on that but what I do know is that they need depth for the present and the future of the position. Holyfield is a name you will hear more often after the combine. He is a physical machine with great genes. Georgia has produced great RB’s names like Herschel Walker, Todd Gurley, Sony Michel, and Nick Chubb. Throw Holyfield in that mix he has the potential to be great and would be a weapon that Josh Allen could lean on.
Anthony Johnson( Wide Receiver/Buffalo): The Best WR in UB’s history. I could make the argument that no wideout bailed out his quarterback more than Johnson. This would be not only a pick that every Bills fan would approve but a pick that the Bills actually need to make. I think Buffalo will add a FA WR maybe even two or three but Anthony Johnson would be a great value pick here. He could go as high as a 2nd or as low as a 4th. Anything other than that is a stretch. Johnson goes from The University At Buffalo to the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo right’s a wrong of not trading up for Khalil Mack and takes the best product out of UB since Mack.
Anthony Nelson (Defense End/Edge Rusher/Iowa): Similar to my thoughts on the Oliver pick. You can never have enough pass rushers in this league and with the decision in waiting as to whether the Bills will decide to invest the $9-10 million dollar option in former first round pick Shaq Lawson and the inept signing of Trent Murphy. Buffalo should be looking to replace Murphy at the very least. Enter 6’7 271 lb Anthony Henry. He has so much physical upside but some rawness to his game as well. Despite these facts Henry would be a worthy player to groom and take a chance on especially 125th overall.
Bobby Evans (Offensive Tackle/Oklahoma): One of the better run blocking tackles in the 2019 NFL Draft. With this selection in two-three years time Buffalo would be able to switch Dion Dawkins to Guard. Evans could slot in at Right Tackle with Greg Little at Left. Teller at Left Guard and whichever Center the Bills decide to pay via FA. Evans has all the physical tools to be a long-term starter in the NFL and could quite possibly be another steal in this draft.
Te’Von Coney (Linebacker/Notre Dame): With the impending retirement of the future mayor of Buffalo Lorenzo Alexander. Buffalo needs to find a replacement for him and depth at that position NOW rather than waiting another season. Matt Milano’s injury was a terrible one. I have spoken with Banged Up Bills’ Kyle Trimble on the injury and Kyle believes this is something he can recover from. Regardless the Buffalo Bills need DEPTH at LB. Enter Te’Von Coney who would immediately slot into Buffalo’s Defense.
Bryce Love (RB/Stanford): STEAL ALERT. The moment Bryce Love waited a day for finally comes to fruition. Buffalo becomes BUFFALOVE as Bryce Love recovers from a devastating ACL injury he watches from the sidelines only to take the league by storm in 2020. Becoming the Bills’ next semi-Thurman Thomas. Holyfield and Love would be one of the best young tandems in the league which Buffalo would hang their hats on for many years to come.
Jerome Washington (Tight End/Rutgers): Currently the only TE on Buffalo’s roster is Jason Croom. Who showed some decent play in 2018 but the Bills need more depth at the position. One tight end from free agency is expected and adding another in the draft should be expected as well. Straight out of Rutgers Washington is a big bodied player who is lean and mean. I admire his ability to go over the middle and make the tough catches. I am sure Josh Allen would as well.
Ricky Walker(Defensive Tackle/Virginia Tech): A great last pick for Buffalo here. Walker was viewed as one of the leaders of the Hokies defense and Buffalo has already added many great pieces the last two seasons under Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane. Right here they get another great piece.
Reviewing The Mock: All in all if the Buffalo Bills finished the 2019 NFL Draft with these players I would be elated. Ultimately I envision Buffalo trading down from 9th overall and acquiring more draft choices to solidify their roster heading into 2019 as they attempt to make another playoff push.
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