2014 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills Draft Grades

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Sammy Watkins (Clemson) shakes hands with Roger Goodell after being selected as the number four overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Buffalo Bills at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills, along with the rest of the league, finished their Off-Season Super Bowl yesterday; 2014 NFL Draft.  Buffalo was at the center of the talks when they traded up to the 4th overall pick.  It was said that they gave up too much to get an unproven WR especially one in the top 10.  It is said that is was very risky.  With Buffalo making some trades this weekend, gained some picks back in 2015 and they also were able to land Bryce Brown, RB.  Buffalo gave the Eagles conditional picks in 2015 and 2016 for Brown.

Brown will add depth to the RB corps that, in the past, has seen injuries.  Fred Jackson is in his last year of his contract and being at 33, he may be looking at retirement.  Brown at 22 and with Dixon, the Bills should be able to fall back to RBs that will be able to produce.  Spiller is in his last year of his non-voidable rookie contract.  I think this is a good addition, especially as the Bills have noted that they did it for depth reasons and Jackson will stay this year.

The Bills drafted 1 WR, 1 CB, traded for 1 RB, 2 LBs and 3 OTs.

Buffalo addressed every need except for a TE.  With Chandler being re-signed I think that need fell, especially because Moeaki was brought in towards the end fo the year last year.

Grading the Draft: Rounds 1-3    B-

Sammy Watkins - B – I am high on Watkins and I love the pick, but there is the uncertainty of what he can do at this point.  Best receiver in the draft, no doubt, but where will he fit in the offense, how will he be used and will he connect with Manuel are all questions that still lie ahead.  That is why nothing higher than a B.

Cyrus Kouandjio – B-  – He has injury issues and that is why he dropped out of the first round but I like the value at the 44th spot.  I think Kouandjio will come in and start immediate on the right side.

Preston BrownB-  – With all of the notable TEs gone by the time the Bills picked in the 3rd, Preston Brown will be a good addition to the LB corps and add depth.  It will be interesting to see where he fits in with Spikes, Rivers, Alonso, Lawson and Bradham.  But not too shabby for a LB crew.

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