Buffalo Bills: 9 Players to target in 2021 NFL Draft to replace Jon Feliciano
Possible Day Two Targets
The first of the Day Two prospects was Leatherwood’s teammate at Alabama, center Landon Dickerson. Although Dickerson played center in 2020 for the Crimson Tide, he has the positional flexibility to play either guard spot in addition to the center and showed that during his collegiate career at Alabama.
Similar to Davis, Dickerson has a concerning injury history which may scare the Bills off at the end of the day. With that said, Dickerson’s draft stock may be impacted more by injury because he recently tore his ACL in December and it’s uncertain how healthy he will be for the 2021 NFL season.
At 6’6 and 325 pounds, Dickerson is built like a house and he’s similarly tough to move. The thing that sets Dickerson apart from the rest is his undeniable play strength. He might be the most polished interior offensive lineman in this draft class. It wouldn’t shock me if he’s the first interior offensive lineman taken in the draft this year, but questionable durability could be the reason he slides all the way to the Bills 2nd round pick at 60th overall.
Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey is the second prospect that could be available for the Bills on Day Two of the NFL Draft. Similar to Dickerson, Humphrey primarily played center during his collegiate career. However, Humphrey has not shown positional flexibility on the interior.
At 6’5 and 320, Humphrey plays with a high level of intelligence and understanding of technique on the interior. As a former wrestler, Humphrey has very strong hands and an excellent understanding of where to place them when engaging with defenders. This mix of football intelligence and technique makes it seem like Humphrey could transition to guard in the NFL without a large learning curve.
The last of the possible Day Two prospects is yet another offensive tackle, former Michigan Wolverine Jalen Mayfield. Mayfield is not alone in a class stacked with prospects that played offensive tackle in college but translate best as offensive guards at the next level, similar to aforementioned Leatherwood and Vera-Tucker.
At 6’5 and 320 pounds, Mayfield is a bit of a project with the physical tools to excel at the next level. His play strength is the main thing that makes him pop on tape, but his footwork and hand placement on blocks will be what holds him back as an instant contributor in the NFL.