Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: A subtle trade lands tremendous value

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Buffalo Bills, JL Skinner
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player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. JL Skinner. 4. 895. S. Boise State

One of the biggest concerns for this Bills team, entering the offseason, was what the future of safety Jordan Poyer held. Would the Bills bring him back? Or, would he end up walking? In the end, we know Buffalo was able to bring him back, fortunately. But, here in the fourth round, the Bills add another safety purely based off the fact that they’re going best player available.

The Bills’ starting safety duo is set, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use some depth, as well as a piece they could plug into certain packages to add an extra element. Boise State safety JL Skinner comes in as one of the most physically-imposing defensive backs in his class.

Standing a towering 6-foot-4 and weighing 218 pounds, Skinner is a monster among boys in the secondary. He is a strong, tough and tenacious player. Skinner does his best work when he’s working downhill, helping out in the run game and even at times, being used to rush the passer.

Within the Bills’ defense, he’d fit best in a dime type of package and played underneath more than up high. Skinner has one heck of a motor on him, which can get him in trouble at times in coverage. That’s why he’s best suited closer to the line of scrimmage, where he can make his presence known.