With six draft picks, where will the Buffalo Bills be picking in this year’s NFL Draft?
The Buffalo Bills find themselves in another attempt at fixing their roster and coaching staff. The hope is to put together a group of guys that are ready to change the culture in Buffalo and end the 17-year playoff drought.
The NFL Draft will help with that, giving the Bills a prime opportunity to add some young talent that could be around for years to come. In recent past, the Buffalo Bills have done a good job finding talent later in the draft, but have swung-and-missed on their early draft picks.
This year will be another test for Doug Whaley, one he hopes to finally pass. If he doesn’t, the fans will only get louder with their “Fire Whaley” comments.
In this year’s NFL Draft, the Bills will have a total of 6 picks through all seven rounds — which is one less than they had last year. Let’s take a quick look at what order those picks will come in:
- First Round: 10th pick (10th overall)
- Second Round: 12th pick (44th overall)
- Third Round: 11th pick (75th overall)
- Fifth Round: 12th pick (139th overall)
- Fifth Round: 27th pick (152nd overall) – trade for Cassel
- Sixth Round: 11th pick (169th overall)
As you can see, the Bills don’t have any selections in the fourth or seventh rounds. Our fourth round pick was traded to the Chicago Bears when the Bills traded up in the 2016 NFL Draft to select Reggie Ragland in the second round.
Buffalo’s seventh round draft pick was traded to the Dallas Cowboys when the team sent Matt Cassel to Dallas. In return, the Bills got a fifth round pick in this year’s draft (shown above).
In addition, those six picks do not include any compensatory picks from the NFL. Those are given out to teams that lost more free agents than they signed the previous offseason and are inserted at the ends of rounds 3-7. The Buffalo Bills could’ve definitely use that. Also, the team can receive a fifth round draft pick if they aren’t able to retain Mike Gillislee.
Lastly, it’s important to note that these can change if the team decides to trade up or down in the draft. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bills did this.
Either way, the Bills will have to find a few diamonds in the rough in this year’s NFL Draft if they want to compete for the playoffs next season.
Before I let you go, let’s take one quick look at the Buffalo Bills‘ draft picks from last season:
- Shaq Lawson – First Round (19th overall)
- Reggie Ragland – Second Round (41st overall)
- Adolphus Washington – Third Round (80th overall)
- Cardale Jones – Fourth Round (139th overall)
- Jonathan Williams – Fifth Round (156th overall)
- Kolby Listenbee – Sixth Round (192nd overall)
- Kevon Seymour – Sixth Round (218th overall)
Let’s hope we don’t see as many injuries from our 2017 NFL Draft class as we saw last season.
Who do you think the Buffalo Bills will select in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft? Leave your comments below!