The mock drafts continue to come out and the latest one from FanSided sees the Buffalo Bills improving both sides of the line in 2018.
The month of March is always a fun time for mock drafts as some change begins to be seen after the NFL Combine ends.
Players can help or hurt their draft stocks in a matter of days, even if all they do is give a bad answer to one of the many insane questions they will be asked by scouts in Indianapolis.
The latest mock draft from Brad Weiss of FanSided came out right at the start of the combine, and one of the players he chose for the Bills may have seen his stock drop already.
Let’s start with pick No. 21, where Weiss has the Bills taking Da’Ron Payne, defensive tackle out of Alabama.
From the article:
"Payne is the kind of player who can really clog up the middle of the defense, and he has incredible feet for someone his size. He also is a very smart player, and has really grown during his time on campus. The Bills need to make sure they keep adding talent to their defense, so picking Payne at No. 21 is a very smart move at this point."
Payne is an absolute beast and is listed at 6-foot-2, 308 pounds on his NFL.com draft profile. He could start from day one and be another dynamic piece on the defense Sean McDermott has constructed since coming onboard a year ago.
The next pick is where things get tricky, as Weiss has the Bills taking Ohio State lineman Billy Price at No. 22 overall.
First, an excerpt from the mock:
"One player who could fill the void left by Wood would be Billy Price, who is one of the more versatile lineman in this draft class. Price has been a standout player for the Ohio State Buckeyes, playing both center, and guard. He will likely be a straight up center at the next level, and the Bills have a need at that position, so he makes sense at No. 22."
Price is indeed a top lineman prospect, but he suffered an injury while lifting at the combine.
Price came out and said he will indeed be ready for training camp, but this could scare away teams, at least in the first round. If he does slip to the second round, the Bills may be able to wait and grab him there.
A player is always going to say an injury like this is no big deal because they don’t want to hurt their chances of getting that big money in the first round. It remains to be seen what teams think of Price after this setback.
So what do you think of these picks? Do you like them, or would you rather see the Bills focus on some skill positions?