Bills Shopping List for Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft
"With the 22nd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select... Stefon Diggs, wide receiver, Minnesota".
Ok, that's not what Roger Goodell announced in round one of the NFL Draft, but that's essentially what happened.
For Bills fans, the real draft picks begin Friday in rounds two and three, since the Bills included their first round selection in the deal that brought Diggs in for some added offensive firepower. That was definitely a good deal for both teams. The Bills got a stud wideout for Josh Allen to throw to, and the Vikings used the Bills' selection to grab LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who was one of the top receivers up for grabs. Everyone wins.
Now the attention turns to night two. Who should the Bills target? Here's some suggestions.
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
The Bills defense is one of the top units in the league, but there is a bit of a deficiency in the pass rush. With Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson standing in the way of the Bills Super Bowl hopes the next few years, getting players to harass the quarterback will be crucial.
Gross-Matos is a powerful pass rusher who can overrun offensive tackles and uses his hands extremely well. His high motor will endear himself to the Bills Mafia. The main question is will he be around when the Bills make the 54th overall pick?
Josh Uche, DE, Michigan
If the Bills decide to not address the pass rush in round two, Josh Uche could still be on the board in round three.
Uche is definitely undersized and needs to bulk up, but he is freaky athletic and twitchy enough to really be a problem for offensive linemen. On a less elite defense, Uche would likely be in danger of underperforming, but the Bills defensive personnel is solid enough that there would not be as much pressure on Uche to be a do-everything player.
Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Yes, the Bills already addressed the wide receiver position in the offseason, but if we can learn anything from the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs, it's that the more firepower you have on the perimeter.
Any other year, I would think that Denzel Mims would get picked before the 54th spot, but this is such a deep wide receiver class that I wouldn't be surprised if Mims is still around.
He's big (6'3", 207 lbs.), he's fast, he tested absurdly well at the combine, and dominated at the Senior Bowl. Mims is great at catching the ball at the high point and would be an instant red zone threat. He still raw, but the tools are there.
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Here's one that could go a couple different ways. As I said, more wide receiver depth never hurts. Claypool is a different type than what the Bills have.
Claypool is huge at 6'4" 238 lbs., but he's also fast, running a 4.45 40-yard dash at the combine. I see him as a poor man's Mike Evans. He's a big and fast dude that instantly becomes a red-zone threat.
However if you really wanted to get cute, you could also convert him to a tight end.
The Bills have decent depth there, but it's not outstanding. Dawson Knox can serve as the all-purpose tight end, while Claypool can serve more as a pass catching tight end who occasionally splits out wide. That would be a great matchup against linebackers and safeties, and a great way to keep defenses guessing.
If Claypool is still on the board in round three, the Bills should take a look at him.
Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Bills' starting secondary is one of the best in the NFL. No one is disputing that. Buffalo could stand to get another corner to play nickel though.
I want to say the Bills should select Alabama's Trevon Diggs for this spot so bad. One he's a great prospect, and two, he's Stefon Diggs' brother. Nepotism could take you a long way.
I personally think he will go off the board early in round two though, so I'm going to go with LSU's Kristian Fulton.
Fulton doesn't have the attributes that scream "shutdown outside corner". He's not a huge playmaker, but I could see him thriving as a solid nickel corner who could slot in right away.
Robert Hunt, OG, Louisiana
Cody Ford is likely moving to offensive tackle, while Quinton Spain and Jon Feliciano are not going to be road-graders.
Hunt played at a couple different positions on the offensive line, but translates best in the pros as a guard due to having arms that aren't as long as you'd like.
He's a smooth protector with powerful hands and can be dominant in pass protection. Not a sexy pick, but one that would improve the trenches.
Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Devin Singletary is a more than capable running back, but I think adding a second option will help get the most out of Singletary.
The ideal scenario would be a speedy homerun hitter to compliment the consistency of Singletary, someone in the ilk of DeAndre Swift or JK Dobbins. Unless the Bills trade up, I don't believe they will slide.
Jonathan Taylor is an intriguing option, but I personally wouldn't go running back in the second round for the Bills. The Bills should certainly take a look at him though if still available in round two.
A more realistic option is Cam Akers in round three, and even then I'm not 100 percent certain that he will be there. Akers is the most underrated running back in the draft, mainly because of the press that the previous back I've mention have received.
Akers would be a good compliment to Singletary. He has stellar top-end speed, which is something Singletary lacks, but can also go through the trenches and burst through. He also has lots of yards after catch ability and is a willing pass protector.
The Bills were willing to give Frank Gore plenty of handoffs even after Singletary was given the starting role. Akers would be a younger more athletic upgrade, and take some of the load off Singletary, who already came into the league with a lot of mileage on his tires.
Honestly, I can't think of a better value.