Buffalo Bills trade out of first round in latest seven round mock draft

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WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 13: Carlos Basham Jr. #9 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons reacts after a defensive play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at BB&T Field on September 13, 2019 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Round 2

**TRADE** Buffalo Bills send their first round pick (30th) overall to the Cinncinnati Bengals for 38th, 69th, 111th and 150th overall picks

At 30th overall in my mock draft simulator the three names I was intrigued by Alijah Vera-Tucker offensive tackle from USC, Wyatt Davis offensive guard from Ohio State, and Carlos Basham Jr., the edge rusher from Wake Forest.

Running on the assumption the Bills let Matt Milano walk in free agency, and then use that money to re-sign both Daryl Williams and Jon Feliciano I figured the Bills shouldn’t use their first pick on an offensive lineman. Although Vera-Tucker is a draft crush for many Bills fans because of his ability to play tackle and guard at a high level, it seemed more prudent to acquire more draft picks.

I traded with the Bengals to give them the Bills’ 30th overall pick while getting back the 38th, 69th, 111th, and 150th overall picks. Yes, this kind of haul from just the 30th overall pick is a bit unrealistic, but the trade went through so we shouldn’t be complaining.

By moving back to the 38th overall pick, it allowed me to select Basham at a better value while acquiring more draft picks. At about 6’5 and 280 pounds, Basham is an athletic freak with the power to bull rush some weaker offensive tackles coupled with the speed and acceleration to bend around tackles in order to apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks. The Bills would be lucky to add him to their defensive line.

Moving forward to the second pick in the 2nd round is the 61st overall. This is the Buffalo Bills original second round pick in which I decided to address the trenches once again. Although Najee Harris was available, I pin most of the running game issues from last year on the offensive line more than the running backs. This is why I selected Creed Humphrey at 61st overall, a center from Oklahoma.

Although Humphrey is a center, he has all the physical and technical tools to play guard for the Buffalo Bills. The flexibility to play center and guard combined with Humphrey’s mix of power, agility and technique is something the Bills interior offensive line could use moving forward. Additionally, the questionable future of Mitch Morse due to his concussion history is concerning, so it would make sense for the Bills to get in front of this issue by drafting his eventual replacement this year.

38th overall: Carlos Basham Jr. – Wake Forest (Edge Rusher)

61st overall: Creed Humphrey – Oklahoma (Center)