Buffalo Bills reach a bit in the NFL Draft
The Buffalo Bills have new owners, a new coach, and a group of new players that were added through free agency and trades in the offseason. So why was the 2015 NFL Draft more of the same? Reaching for players, making picks of position players that they don’t need, and trying to defend their actions in the draft.
Here are the players that the Buffalo Bills selected in the NFL Draft:
Round 2 – DB Ronald Darby (Florida State)
Round 3 – G John Miller (Louisville)
Round 5 – RB Karlos Williams (Florida State)
Round 6 – LB Tony Steward (Clemson)
Round 6 – TE Nick O’Leary (Florida State)
Round 7 – WR Dezmin Lewis (Central Arkansas)
The biggest reach that the Buffalo Bills made in the draft was the Darby pick in the second round. Yes, he has blinding speed, but this isn’t track, it’s football. Speed doesn’t automatically make someone a good football player. Ronald Darby has talent, but he is going to need to be groomed by the Bills coaching staff. He also joins a secondary that is packed with players already with guys like Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, and Corey Graham to name a few. This does allow for the Bills to take their time with him though.
I like the third round pick of guard John Miller though. The Buffalo Bills had to piece together an offensive line last season, and while they played okay, their lack of consistency was apparent. Miller provides the Bills with a player that has power, but he also has times where his feet are too slow and a defender can blow past him.
The biggest issue I have is with the Karlos Williams pick. Buffalo already has LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon, and Bryce Brown at running back. Why would you add another running back to a cluttered backfield? Yes, Williams can play on special teams, but that is a pointless pick if that was the main reason that the Bills wanted him. The two picks from the sixth round are good selections, and WR Dezmin Lewis could crack the receiver ranks by the time the final roster is announced.
Overall draft grade: C
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Dustin Brown covers the Buffalo Bills and the NFL for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.