Buffalo Bills 2018 NFL Draft Prospects

12/24/2017
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Longtime no see, and especially no talk. My apologies for being away from breaking down draft prospects, talking football and everything NFL Draft. However, I’m back on this writing thing and it feels good. Too good. You know what also feels good? When your team is “in” the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Buffalo, you know what I’m talking about! Writing that sentence may have made me jump through a table. Yes, very similar to a fan tailgating outside of New Era Field.

December 16, 2007; Cleveland, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills fans tailgating prior to the Cleveland Browns game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Harwell-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, I did not jump through a table and reality set in. There are two weeks left in the NFL season. Can you believe that? Two weeks. Where in the world has the season gone? The end is near, but the playoffs are closer, and that means draft season is going to begin. I don’t mean to be like that bitch that killed Kendrick Lamar’s vibe, but unfortunately, Bills fans, we’re going to be talking about the NFL Draft. With the NFL Draft in mind, there have to be some prospects that fit where the Bills will be drafting in round one: 18th overall and 25th overall. Let’s take a look at some of those prospects.

As of this moment, you won’t know much about him. Brown is a talented defensive lineman out of Virginia. He’s 6’4″ and is around 285 pounds with an explosive burst off the line of scrimmage. Personally, I’d line him up as a 3-technique and let him feast. Right now, he’s listed as a defensive end for the Senior Bowl, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got reps on the interior.

Andrew Brown has been one of the most consistent pieces for the Cavaliers over the last two seasons. He had six sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss a year ago and currently, he has three sacks and nine tackles-for-loss. Statistically it’s a step backwards, but teams are starting to key him more and run away from him. He’s got a high motor and nice burst, and he excels with his combination of inside/outside moves. While he’s explosive, there’s certainly some concern for how strong he really is. He’s played all over the defensive line, but I’ve wondered if he’s played defensive end more this past season because he lacks ideal strength as an interior defensive lineman. When watching Virginia’s defense, he immediately jumps off the tape and will certainly turn heads during the Senior Bowl. Right now, he’s a fringe first round talent and could easily be a solid selection for the Buffalo Bills at 25th overall.

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There’s no doubt that the Buffalo Bills need more help on the defensive side of the football. Despite the need to build up their defensive line, finding a quality linebacker is a must. T.J. Edwards hasn’t officially declared for the NFL Draft, but he had a heck of a junior season for the Wisconsin Badgers. With over 70 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, and four interceptions, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t go pro. Statistically Edwards jumps out, but he also jumps out on tape.

In the above video, he drops into coverage and does an excellent job of reading the quarterback’s eyes. He has above average ball skills and does a nice job reading what an offense presents. Athletically he looks somewhat limited, but he does a nice job presenting pressure on the quarterback when blitzing. At 6’1″ and 240 pounds, there’s a lot to like about Edwards. If he enters the NFL Draft, he could have a strong spring and solidify himself a mid-to-late first round selection who the Buffalo Bills could consider.

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Realistically, the Buffalo Bills don’t have a shot at Calvin Ridley. He’ll more than likely be a top-15 selection and could even go within the top 10 — that is, if the Chicago Bears want to give their quarterback an actual weapon. With that being said, who’s the next best thing? Anthony Miller from Memphis, Auden Tate from Florida State, and James Washington could always be options for the Bills. I’d think that Miller will be off the board by the time the Bills are on the clock in round one. Auden Tate would be a nice selection, but his skill-set and size are very similar to Kelvin Benjamin. James Washington is a flashy player who runs well vertically, but he looks limited with the route tree. That leaves a receiver I have ranked higher than Washington, and that’s Michael Gallup.

The Colorado State product is more than just a vertical receiver and isn’t just a screen design playmaker. Michael Gallup has been productive over the last two seasons for the Rams. At 6’1″ and 200 pounds, Gallup has the upside to be utilized all over the field, from third downs to in the red-zone. By drafting a receiver with his skill set, the Bills would have four solid weapons at the position. Zay Jones is a rookie who has had his fair share of hiccups. Jordan Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin haven’t been healthy since being traded, but look for both of them to rebound in 2018. Gallup could be the difference maker.

Gallup has become a better route runner since his junior season. He displays strong hands with very few drops and has no issues going up and getting the ball at the catch point. He’s gifted athletically, but he won’t be the fastest player on the field. Of all of the receivers in the draft, I think he could be the most complete receiver outside of Calvin Ridley. Putting Gallup in Buffalo should help generate big production out of a receiving unit that has had little success this year.

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