Buffalo Bills need to consider this pass rusher in first round of NFL Draft

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The Buffalo Bills pass rush was good last season, but it can be better.

Despite recording 54 sacks, which was good for fourth-best in the NFL, the Bills front seven only brought down the opposing quarterback once during its two postseason games — and Leonard Floyd fled to the San Francisco 49ers after accounting for a team-leading 10.5 sacks in 2023.

While the team returns multiple other pieces on the defensive line, there are some question marks. Will Von Miller show improvement after struggling to recover from a torn ACL, and is Greg Rousseau worth an eventual contract extension after failing to break out as a premier pass-rusher in 2023?

Perhaps A.J. Epenesa will explode with an increased snap count.

These burning questions have left the Bills in a strange position. If they're not answered, the team will have to consider rebuilding the future of their defensive line, or else defensive tackle Ed Oliver has no one to play with.

Ahead of the NFL draft, the Bills have more glaring needs outside of adding pass rushers, but with their recent depth acquisitions, they have put themselves in a position to draft the best player available with the 28th overall pick.

Chop Robinson could be a great option in first round of 2024 NFL Draft for Buffalo Bills

The team will likely miss out on the top pass rushers like Dallas Turner and Jared Vearse, but someone like Chop Robinson could be an intriguing option for the brass in Buffalo. Considering the team doesn't have an immediate need on the edge, the Bills can afford to draft an unpolished player with incredible upside.

Robinson is a 21 year old pass rusher from Penn State University who only had 11.5 sacks in college but has the athletic ability to be a superstar in the NFL. Robinson's blazing speed at the NFL combine has him climbing the draft ranks.

The luxury for a player like Robinson, or some other rookie pass rushers, is that they can learn from a veteran technician in Miller during year one. Acting as a rotational piece, unless they break out immediately, a first-round pass rusher would have time to develop their skill set under the wings of Buffalo's other defensive lineman.

And if the aforementioned questions aren't answered, that rookie pass rusher can be a future replacement.

The Bills are probably looking to improve other positions on the roster, but depending on how the board falls, adding a pass rusher with supreme potential should be in play.