Buffalo Bills: 9 Players to target in 2021 NFL Draft to replace Jon Feliciano

Jon Feliciano, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
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Nov 15, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Buffalo Bills center Jon Feliciano (76) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

After two seasons of solid contributions to the Buffalo Bills interior offensive line, Jon Feliciano is a free agent. The Bills will have to decide if he is worth bringing back from both a talent and financial standpoint.

In terms of talent, Feliciano provides the Bills with solid contributions in run blocking but leaves something left to be desired in pass blocking situations. He’s a big mauler with a big attitude. The tenacity and bully mentality he plays with will surely be missed if the Bills decide to let him walk.

One of his best traits was actually his positional flexibility. His ability to play both guard spots and center was very impactful from a roster construction perspective. This flexibility allowed Bills general manager Brandon Beane to ignore some depth concerns on the interior of the offensive line because someone like Feliciano can play all three interior offensive line positions in a pinch.

However, Feliciano’s price tag is projected at about $6-$8 million annually. With a significant decrease on the salary cap for the upcoming 2021 NFL season, the Buffalo Bills and other teams around the league will have to make some tough roster construction decisions in order to remain salary cap compliant.

Unfortunately for the Buffalo Bills, Feliciano may be one of those tough decisions to let walk away. On the other hand, the 2021 NFL Draft has some solid interior offensive line prospects that are capable of playing right away should the Bills decide to go in that direction.

I’ll be sharing the nine prospects I feel are realistic candidates to replace Feliciano in the draft this April. The nine players included will be presented and grouped based on their current projected draft round.