Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: Two trades help bolster offensive talent

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Buffalo Bills, Karl Brooks
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Once again, the Bills add more valuable picks by executing another trade. This time, it’s with the Houston Texans. The Bills trade their no. 59 selection in the second round for a pick just six spots later at no. 65, plus they get a pick at no. 138 and swap a sixth for a seventh. With their second pick in the draft, the Bills go with EDGE Karl Brooks out of Bowling Green.

When Von Miller went out with a torn ACL back in November, the Bills’ pass rush suffered immensely. He was an obvious game changer. Despite having some previously big names in the draft on their roster, like Gregory Rousseau and A.J. Epenesa, Buffalo had a hard time generating a consistent pass rush.

Adding another capable pass rusher like Brooks is only going to help ease the pain of not having Miller back for a while. The fifth-year senior comes into the NFL as a very polished pass rusher with a wide arsenal of moves. He lacks arm length, but makes up for it with his high IQ in getting after the quarterback.

Last year at Bowling Green, Brooks finished with 18.0 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks and four passes defensed. At 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, Brooks has experience lining up either at defensive end or in a two-point stance. He offers some versatility, but in the end, he’s a straight-up pass rusher, and that’s what the Bills need.