5 NFL Draft mistakes that continue to haunt Buffalo Bills

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Cody Ford

In 2019, the Buffalo Bills would draft Ed Oliver with their first round pick (and would be the last time they have drafted in the Top 10) before switching to the other side of the ball to bolster their offensive line. They would move up one spot in a trade with the Raiders, that would also send a fifth round pick, to select Cody Ford.

The Bills needed help at both guard and right tackle at the time so the selection of Cody Ford made sense as he could play either position. After a promising rookie season with 15 starts, injuries and inconsistent play has limited him to only 18 starts over the past four seasons across three teams.

If the Bills were going to trade up for an offensive linemen, moving up four more spots they could have selected Jawaan Taylor who went 35th to the Jaguars. Another option would have been selecting Dalton Risner, who was selected a few picks later at 41st.

In the end, the Bills were able to recoup some of the draft capital lost with the trade up by trading Ford to the Arizona Cardinals for a fifth round pick. However, there were definitely some better picks that could have been made.