The Buffalo Bills acquire three potential starters and Sean McDermott finally gets his big nickel in this way too early 2021 three round NFL mock draft.
Forecasting into the 2021 offseason isn’t an easy process, with many unknown variables that are yet to play out during the upcoming season we assume the Buffalo Bills potential holes to fill are similar to theirs now.
The Draft Network‘s mock draft tool and their predictive draft board was used to help select players at realistic positions in next year’s NFL Draft.
It has been reported how much Sean McDermott has been hoping for big nickel or “Buffalo nickel” to play a hybrid safety/linebacker role. The Buffalo Bills were constantly mocked to select Kyle Dugger, the safety from Lenoir-Rhyne, in the 2020 NFL Draft before the New England Patriots selected him in the second round. Matt Bove of WKBW in Buffalo was drawing parallels to why Bills management would like to have Dugger.
"If selected by the Bills, he would likely take over the starting job as the big nickel, an important role on any defense coached by Sean McDermott."
Seeing as the Patriots selected Dugger at 37th overall, Buffalo still has to find the big nickel for their defense.
With Josh Norman being 33-years old and Levi Wallace as the other option at the second cornerback spot, ideally Buffalo can upgrade that position and have a prominent second fiddle to Tre’Davious White.
Adding a big nickel and a solid starting cornerback could make Buffalo’s defense that’s already elite, that much better.
Not to neglect offense, the team could afford to target the interior offensive line. With John Feliciano’s contract expiring after the 2020 season and Buffalo being able to opt out of Spain’s deal they will most likely be looking for a new guard to occupy the starting spot, whether through free agency or the draft.