Buffalo Bills: Best option at defensive end in each round of 2020 NFL Draft
Round 7 – Trevis Gipson
In the final round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills could look at a player that is almost the complete opposite of Kendall Coleman in former Tulsa defensive end Trevis Gipson. He is a player that has incredible physical talents but is very raw and will need time to develop, as noted in Lance Zierlein’s scouting report on NFL.com.
"He’s quite raw and in the dead center of his developmental phase, but it’s hard not to get excited by the traits and flashes. Gipson was a late bloomer so he is still a little behind in his fundamentals and technique. He doesn’t have go-to moves and counters, but the rush is real with a long, explosive first step and the athleticism and length to win the edge and harass the pocket. He needs better hand usage and lower body strength to handle himself at the point of attack, but he is a rangy tackler. Gipson isn’t NFL-ready yet, but he’s a potential diamond in the rough as a long-limbed defensive end in odd or even fronts."
While it would be nice to have a defensive end that could contribute as a rookie, the Bills defense doesn’t necessarily need one. It wouldn’t also be surprising if the front office selected a defensive end in the earlier rounds and came back to pick Trevis Gipson. They are likely going to need multiple defensive ends considering the age of some of the players currently on the roster.
At this point in the NFL Draft, getting a player that can develop behind Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison, learning from defensive line coach Eric Washington, could be the perfect set up for him to make an impact down the road for the Buffalo Bills.