Draft a tight end if not two
The 2019 NFL Draft is developing to be an elite tight end draft class. While there may not be the next superstar household name like Rob Gronkowski, there is both high-end talent and an extremely deep talent pool at the position.
Buffalo needs to plan on drafting at least one tight end to bolster the position and reload in what could be a special class.
Names like Noah Fant (Iowa), Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama), Caleb Wilson (UCLA), TJ Hockenson (Iowa), Kaden Smith (Stanford), Dawson Knox (Ole Miss), Isaac Nauta (Georgia) and numerous others are all difference makers at the next level and are just a few of the names that will be available in the draft.
While Fant, Wilson, Smith Jr. and a few others may be selected in the first round, some of the best tight ends in the league have gone outside of the first.
Rob Gronkowski (second), Travis Kelce (third), Zach Ertz (third) and Jimmy Graham (third) were all picks outside of the first round and have all had incredible NFL careers to this point. Buffalo has bigger needs than tight end and unless they end up trading back or with multiple firsts, they shouldn’t look at tight end in the first. They should, however, begin to look at bringing in a new weapon on the offense in the second, third or fourth rounds.
With so much depth in this tight end class, I wouldn’t select one until the third round because of the value. With it being such a deep class, you can draft a player with comparable talent in the third round as you would in the second.
I can imagine Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott targeting any tight end that has a similar skill set to Greg Olsen from the Carolina Panthers. Not only is Olsen one of the better receiving options at the position in the league, he is a very good blocker as well.
Getting a player that is a complete tight end is probably something that appeals to McBeane because of their desire to help Josh Allen in the passing game, but also help re-establish the run game once again.