With the 2019 NFL Draft wrapped up, the Buffalo Bills finished with 8 draft picks, picking 4 defensive players and 4 offensive players.
- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. Oliver is arguably one of the best Defensive Lineman in this draft. He was a projected top 5 pick by many, so I was surprised they landed Oliver here. Oliver totaled 192 tackles & 13.5 sacks in 3 seasons with Houston. PFF gave Oliver a 93.5 grade after the 2018 season, 2nd overall at his position. I think Oliver will be a day one starter next to Star Lotulelei & will make a huge impact on their defense.
- Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma. Ford fills a huge need on the Offensive Line for Buffalo. He is versatile enough to play either Guard or Tackle, but the Bills listed him at Tackle, so I would assume he’d man the RT position with Ty Nsekhe at LT. Ford was projected as a mid-1st round pick, so getting him in the 2nd round is amazing value. Ford is expected to make an immediate impact for the team.
- Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic. Buffalo needed to find a young RB as the heir to LeSean McCoy this off-season, so this selection makes complete sense. Singletary was one of the best RBs in this class, totaling 1,348 yards & 22 TDs last season, while totaling 1,918 yards & 32 TDs the previous season. Singletary was a workhorse at Florida Atlantic last season, but I would expect him to have a smaller role with the team this season in such a crowded backfield
- Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss. Knox was an interesting pick. I expected the Bills to go another route at TE, but Knox was still a solid draft pick. The Bills traded two 4th round picks to move up and select Knox in the 3rd round. In college, Knox totaled 39 receptions for 605 yards & 0 TDs in 4 years at Ole Miss. Now, that may seem alarming to a lot of people, but he was in an offense with the likes of DK Metcalf, Aj Brown, and Damarcus Lodge and a non experienced QB. He is a complete TE that can do it all for your team.
- Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida. Vosean will eventually be a starter on the team, but will for now wait for his opportunity. Joseph will be able to sit behind Lorenzo Alexander and learn for this season, before possibly taking over next season if Alexander retires. For now, he’ll get a limited amount of action, which is the opposite of his last season in Florida where he totaled 93 tackles & 4 sacks. Joseph is a raw LB that has the ability to groom and eventually be a solid starter in the league.
- Jaquan Johnson, Safety, Miami. Johnson was a very interesting pick for Buffalo. The Bills do not need anymore help at Safety as most of you know. But, he will provide nice special teams play for the Bills, something they have been looking for for a while. Johnson could run guys like Rafael Bush and/or dean Marlowe out of Buffalo with his play. Johnson is a hard hitting Safety, reminding me of guys like Karl Joseph. With the right coaching, Johnson could eventually play a vital piece to the defense.
- Darryl Johnson Jr, DE, North Carolina A&T. I wanted Buffalo to take a DE much earlier than rhe 7th round, but Johnson could make the team with a strong preseason. Johnson totaled 32 tackles and 8 sacks last season with North Carolina.
- Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College. The Bills made an interesting choice and drafted 2 TEs this year, so they must have something planned. Buffalo could run 2 TE sets with Knox/Sweeney and Kroft on the field, with a 3rd TE backing them up. Sweeney will have to battle with Jason Croom & Jake Fisher for the final TE spot.
The Bills also signed WR David Sills & QB Tyree Jackson as Undrafted Free Agents minutes after the draft concluded.
I had David Sills graded as a 4th or 5th round pick, so this is amazing value for the Bills. Sills will have a chance at cracking the Bills 53 man roster after preseason if he can continue his strong play. He totaled 986 yards and 15 TDS last season, while totaling 980 yards & 18 TDs the year before.
Jackson was an interesting signing, but I think he could crack the roster over Derek Anderson with a strong performance. The Bills are looking to get younger on their team, and if something unfortunate happens, Jackson would be there ready to play. Buffalo could also get creative with Jackson and bring him in for special plays.
I think Buffalo had a very good draft, filling most of their needs while getting some nice value at each selection.