Buffalo Bills: Top 5 positions with most draft capital invested since 2017

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2. Defensive Tackle

Draft Picks Total Value: 1,466

Draft Picks: Harrison Phillips (2018), Ed Oliver (2019)

Even though the Buffalo Bills have only drafted two defensive tackles, the fact they have used high draft picks vaults this position all the way up to second. In 2018, the Bills drafted Harrison Phillips out of Stanford in the third round.

He looked like he was about to breakout his sophomore season before having it cut short due to a season-ending knee injury. He returned this past season but started slow however played much better towards the end and into the playoffs. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract and this season will be critical to his place on this team past this season.

Then one year after selecting Phillips, the Buffalo Bills used the ninth overall pick on Ed Oliver out of the University of Houston. The questions have already started to form about whether or not Oliver warranted that high of a selection after statistically not putting up high numbers his first two years in the league.

However, this past season was a challenge for Oliver as he was asked to play more one-tech versus three-tech, which is where he can have the most impact. This season with the return of Star Lotulelei should allow Oliver to play a more natural position and have a chance to breakout.