Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: Two trades help bolster offensive talent
By Ryan Heckman
In Round 5, the Bills once again bolster their offense. First up, it’s a guy who has the talent to go much higher than the fifth round, but for some reason is being mocked in the middle rounds. Maryland wideout Rakim Jarrett looks every bit of the part, and comes into a great situation to be mentored by one of the best in Diggs.
Jarrett is a 5-foot-11 receiver that flits best in the slot, but can line up virtually anywhere due to his ability after the catch. He’s a shifty, quick player who gets in and out of breaks in a hurry and can beat defenses in a big, dangerous way with yards after the catch. Jarrett gives this offense another weapon as they continue to overhaul the receiver room.
Going offense again with the second-straight pick, the Bills find a potential starter across their offensive line with Notre Dame guard Jarrett Patterson. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Patterson comes into the league as someone who is a strong, stout blocker but lacks agility. He’s a great run blocker on the inside and doesn’t get moved off his base too easily. But, he’ll need to work a bit on his lateral movement as a pro.
Drafting an offensive lineman out of Notre Dame is typically a good move, so the Bills have history on their side here. Patterson could come in and compete for a starting job, depending on what Buffalo does with Rodger Saffold.