Buffalo Bills mock draft after the first wave of free agency
The Buffalo Bills original1st round pick is at 30th overall, which is basically a glorified 2nd round pick. At 30th overall, top 3 offensive tackle prospect Christian Darrisaw was somehow still available. If the Bills didn’t re-sign Daryl Williams I would’ve taken Darrisaw in a heartbeat, but because he slid so far down I had to look into trade back opportunities.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first pick in the 2nd round, and assuming they select Trevor Lawrence with the 1st overall pick in the draft they will need to protect their stud rookie quarterback. As shown on the graphic above, I traded out of the first round with the Jaguars giving them the Bills 1st and 7th round picks for their 2nd round and two 4th rounders. My primary reasoning for trading back was to acquire a 4th round pick while getting more value on the prospect I was targeting in round 1.
That prospect is former Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth, who was nicknamed “baby gronk” in his collegiate career. Even without extremely productive passing quarterbacks, Freiermuth managed to get his and put up some numbers with limited opportunities. At 6’5″ and almost 260 pounds, “baby gronk” is not a misnomer. He plays the tight end position in a very similar way where he uses his size to create mismatches. Freiermuth is a well-rounded tight end prospect that should be able to sufficiently block in-line during his rookie season while only getting better as he develops.
After signing Jacob Hollister, the Buffalo Bills could still use some help in the tight end room and Freiermuth would add a lot of top end talent to that position heading into the preseason. As they say, iron sharpens iron; having Hollister, Knox, and Freiermuth battle it out in the preseason for the starting tight end position will only make all of them better.