2025 mock draft has Bills playing it safe in first round

It's a smart move, but nothing spectacular.
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Mock drafts for next year have been coming out since the conclusion of the 2024 NFL Draft. The draft order is going to change week to week during the season and fans will have an idea which direction a team will lean towards once draft season comes around. For the Buffalo Bills, they have not picked in the top ten since 2019, where they drafted Ed Oliver. Since then, they have either not had a first round pick or have picked in the late 20s as well as #30 overall.

Believe it or not, since Brandon Beane started submitting the picks, the Bills have only drafted offense in the first round twice (Josh Allen in 2018 and Dalton Kincaid in 2023). With having a defensive minded head coach in Sean McDermott, it’s no surprise that the Bills have gone lightly on offense.

For just the second time under Beane, the Bills did not have a first round pick of the draft this past year. Now granted, the Bills traded out twice but it is still a fact. Buffalo traded back to acquire more picks in the draft as well as future picks. As the team gets ready for the 2024 season, Beane and the front office will start their work on next year’s draft class.

The Bills play it safe in latest 2025 mock draft

Keff Ciardello from Pro Football Network published a 2025 first round mock draft in which Ciardello has the Bills selecting cornerback Tacario Davis out of Arizona.

"The Buffalo Bills find late value at CB with Arizona CB Tacario Davis, marking the fourth Arizona Wildcat taken in the first round of this 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

Davis has a rare size for a corner (6’4″, 195 pounds) matched with smooth flexibility and blazing speed. He does not have the most fluid hips at his height, but he makes up for it with high-end instincts and overwhelming length that smothers receivers."

Keff Ciardello, Pro Football Network

If this scenario were to play out, it would be the second corner the Bills have selected in the first round. Two years ago, Beane traded up for Kaiir Elam who has been a bust to this point. It would not be a surprise for the Bills to play it safe and go with cornerback once again, especially when looking at the future of the position on their roster. Rasul Douglas will be 30 years old to start this season, Christian Benford will be heading into a contract year next season and who knows how Elam will perform this season (if he is even on the roster).

We have plenty of time to think about what the Bills could do in next year’s draft, but it is never too early to start thinking about the positions that will need to be addressed because it will be here before we know it.