The Buffalo Bills will draft a kicker
The Buffalo Bills have drafted 14 kickers in their franchise history but haven’t selected one since 2013 with the pick of Dustin Hopkins. That was actually the second consecutive draft the team picked a kicker after selecting John Potter in the 2012 NFL Draft.
However, kickers are typically a position that is not drafted but the Buffalo Bills are in a position where it might make sense to take one this year. The Bills don’t have any glaring needs entering this year’s NFL Draft and the focus should be to add depth and competition.
One of those positions should be at kicker as Stephen Hauschka has seen his performance slowly decline over the past two seasons. This past year he struggled significantly on longer field goal attempts and went only 1 of 5 on attempts over 50 yards.
If in the seventh round the Bills have addressed other needs, like cornerback, defensive end and running back, it makes sense to draft someone like Rodrigo Blankenship out Georgia in the final round. He has been one of college’s most accurate kickers and won the Lou Groza award this past year.