Buffalo Bills: 5 players the Bills missed out on at the NFL Draft
Running Back – Alabama
Drafted No. 236 overall (Round 7 / Pick 18) by the Dallas Cowboys
LeSean McCoy is the unquestioned lead back in Buffalo and the heart and soul of the offense. Without him, the offensive numbers for the Bills over the past several seasons would have been much worse – if that is even possible.
While Shady is one of the best backs in the league and just 29 years old, running backs begin to decline dramatically. Signing Chris Ivory this offseason was intended to help give Shady some rest and take some of the load off. While that is a fine signing, the team didn’t get any younger or more athletic at the position.
Enter Bo Scarbrough. Coming from a long line of productive running backs at Alabama, Scarbrough is an absolute monster of a man playing running back. He is 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, and ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at the combine. He has size, strength, speed and pure power and could have been a young, intriguing back to add to the team’s stable.
The NFL player comparison to Scarbrough is another Alabama alumnus in Derrick Henry. Like Scarbrough, Henry is a massive man for the position, but surprisingly he runs with speed and agility for a man his size. Scarbrough lacks Henry’s patience and receiving abilities, but he is a tank all the same.
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Failing to draft a young running back may come back to bite the Bills, especially if Shady goes down. Ivory is a fine backup, but he is also old and has a lot of miles on his body. Missing out on drafting a running back to help now and be a factor in the future is a mistake on the Bills’ part.