It’s been almost a week now since the Buffalo Bills drafted the future of their team. Buffalo only drafted one starter in AJ Epenesa, and the rest being depth pieces. Here’s a look at their draft in depth:
Round 2: AJ Epenesa, DE Iowa. Epenesa came to no surprise to some people when his name was called since there was a good amount of people that mocked Epenesa to the team in round 1. Getting Epenesa round 2 has some great value here. He has round 1 talent, but, due to so many other positions being in demand, fell to round 2. Epenesa knows a little about getting to the QB, totaling 26.5 sacks in the last 3 years with Iowa.
Round 3: Zack Moss, RB, Utah. Many Bills fans were calling for an RB in this draft, but nobody knew where the team would draft one. Moss fits in the backfield nicely with Devin Singletary in terms of size & physical traits. Moss is a hard nose runner who will drain the life out of a defense, and is the physical runner that Buffalo was looking for with Frank Gore, but couldn’t get him going. Now, they may have a younger Gore in terms of attributes & strength.
Round 4: Gabe Davis, WR, UCF. Davis is a big and physical receiver that Buffalo has been looking for since they acquired KB a few years ago, and we all know how that panned out. Davis will be a depth piece for now, but in the future, many think he can turn into a WR2 for a long time. He totaled 72 receptions for 1,241 yards and 12 TDs last season.
Round 5: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia. Jake Fromm surprised some people when they heard his name called. Most of the fan base was expecting to go a different route, or no QB at all this year. However, this is a very solid pick. Fromm has a great football mind that can help Allen in the film room and on gamedays in between drives. Fromm is an experienced enough game-manager that can keep Buffalo in the game if he ever needs to check in.
Round 6: Tyler Bass, Kicker, Georgia Southern. Bass was a fascinating pick here, and Stephen Hauschka should be concerned. He was a very good kicker last year, kicking 20-28 Field Goals, and 36-36 Extra Points. Bass also made the internet for kicking 50 yards with no steps, and 60 yards with 1 step. He also told local media that he kicked a 70 yard field goal the other day that had help from the wind. Buffalo may have found their next kicker here if he performs well in the preseason.
Been a minute… Hit 2 new PRs today:
• 50 yard no-step
• 60 yard one-step pic.twitter.com/wr9XBukgIx
— Tyler Bass (@tbass_xvi) December 4, 2018
Round 7: Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh. Jackson was a good pick here for Buffalo. Jackson has a great motor & can play very well. For where Buffalo got him in the 7th round, there’s some solid value there. His college coach had this to say about him: “He is as good as any CB I’ve ever coached. Dane was not only a playmaker for us, but he also became an impactful leader as a senior captain.” Jackson will have a good chance to make the roster this year as a depth piece.
Out of these picks, Buffalo drafted for impactful players now, and down the road in the future.
Draft Grade: B