The Buffalo Bills went back to the defensive end position with the selection of Carlos Basham with the 61st overall. There is no question that this is a depth chart that will likely go through some significant changes between now and the regular season with potentially half the players here cut before the 53-man roster. I make my predictions below about what I believe the depth chart currently looks like.
Starters: Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison
Second: A.J. Epenesa, Carlos Basham Jr.
Third: Efe Obada, Gregory Rousseau
Fourth: Darryl Johnson, Mike Love, Bryan Cox Jr.
The Buffalo Bills defensive end position was one that had the most questions entering the NFL Draft and while there are still questions, the coaching staff now has a number of players to work with to hopefully improve the production from last year.
At the top of the depth chart, Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison currently remain but with the addition of Carlos Basham Jr., it may mean Mario Addison now moves onto the roster bubble. The Bills are likely to only carry five, possibly six, defensive ends on their active roster. When considering three of them were early picks the past two years that leaves only two or three for the remaining players.
Jerry Hughes should have one of those remaining spots which leaves Efe Obada, Daryl Johnson, and Mario Addison fighting for that final roster spot. At this point, a case could be made for any of these three as Addison is the veteran of the group but also has the highest cap hit and had a down year this past season.
As for Efe Obada, he joined the Bills as a free agent on a one-year deal but is a player who has improved every season in the league. This past season he had 5.5 sacks, which would have led the Bills in this category.
As for Darryl Johnson, he was a seventh round draft pick in 2019 and has flashed at times as a pass rusher. However, he has also carved out a role as a valuable member of the special teams unit.
The Buffalo Bills have plenty of questions but it’s due to the talent that has been added to the position this offseason.