As we talked about last night, the Bills’ draft strategy so far has been clear – go defense, and get big, physical athletes with a history of production against high-level competition. I certainly can support that strategy.
Will that trend continue today? Or will Buffalo take some offensive players?
If the Bills decide to try to fill needs, the two biggest ones are pass rushers and tight end. There’s no doubt the Bills will at least take one outside linebacker today, and I’d be pretty surprised to not see a tight end selected as well.
If the Bills want to go tight end with their first pick today (the third pick of the fourth round, #100 overall), Virgil Green of Nevada and Luke Stocker of Tennessee are two possibilities. I’d prefer Green, who I think provides more pass-catching ability.
Defensive ends/outside linebackers available at the top of the fourth round include Sam Acho of Texas, who is listed as a defensive end but could play linebacker in the 3-4. Our new writer here at BLD, Kevin Haley, like Greg Romeus of Pitt, who was highly productive in college when healthy. He’s also very stout against the run.
I”m a “take the best player available” believer when it gets to this point in the draft, and Buddy Nix is as well. The top player on the Bills’ board will most likely be the pick at each Buffalo opportunity today, regardless of position.
The Bills have two selections in round 4 (#100 and #122), one in round 5 (#133), one in round 6 (#169), and two in round 7 (#206 and #245).
The draft resumes at 12 p.m.