Buffalo Bills stay local in latest FanSided 2019 NFL mock draft

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The latest 2019 mock draft from FanSided has the Buffalo Bills selecting a local receiver to help whoever lines up at quarterback.

Now that the Buffalo Bills have opened training camp it is time for another 2019 mock draft. And the draft fanatics go wild.

Last week’s FanSided 2019 mock draft, written by Randy Gurzi, saw the Bills taking Nick Bosa with the No. 1 overall pick. The selection was nice but obviously the slot was not ideal.

Things got a bit better in this week’s edition as Gurzi had the Bills in the No. 11 slot taking Anthony Johnson, wide receiver out of the University of Buffalo.

Here is what Gurzi has to say about the pick:

"In order to make up for anything they lack, the Bills keep adding pieces. This time they don’t have to look far as they draft Anthony Johnson out of Buffalo. Johnson played two seasons of community college ball before joining Buffalo in 2016. He didn’t get on the field until last year but proved to be worth the wait.He had 1,356 yards and 14 touchdowns and if he can do similar damage in his senior season there’s no reason to think he won’t be one of the first couple wideouts to come off the board."

Johnson is currently ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect available by CBS Sports, and the second overall receiver.

This would be a perfect match as the young man would stay in Buffalo. It is much more than a feel-good story too as the 6-foot-2 receiver could potentially come in and start right away if things don’t work out with Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones in 2018.

The Bills taking a wide receiver early in 2019 makes perfect sense, even if the group in town does well in 2018. Quarterback and wide receiver were two big positions of need entering this season and now that Josh Allen was drafted, it will be time to find him a top receiver to be paired with.

At least that would be the ideal plan if everything works out well and he remains in the plans as the franchise quarterback.

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We are all clearly focused on the upcoming season but Johnson should be kept in mind as a player to watch during the college football season. If he dominates, he may not have a far move when his NFL playing days begin.