Buffalo Bills' 5-round mock draft following initial wave of free agency

We're still a few weeks away from the NFL draft but the initial wave of free agency has passed. The Bills addressed some needs; however, their work in building the 2024 roster is not done yet.

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R5:144 - Kamal Hadden - cornerback, Tennessee

The Bills need a corner, primarily for depth. However, this could become an even bigger issue if Kaiir Elam doesn't get rolling this season and prove he can play at a consistent level. Hadden offers excellent size at 6'1" and nearly 200 pounds; however, lacks top-tier speed. He recorded a 4.53, 40-time at his pro-day workout. But this coaching staff has done a terrific job with developing corners, particularly late-round corners, such as Levi Wallace, Dane Jackson, and Christian Benford.

R5:160 - Beau Brade - Safety, Maryland

I've mentioned Beau Brade in previous articles and I like this pick at this point in the draft. Brade is another defensive back that the Bills coaching staff could potentially develop into a solid starting safety down the road. With both Mike Edwards and Taylor Rapp most likely the starting safeties, Brade offers depth and an opportunity to learn and perhaps take over the starting role beyond the 2024 season. He is a physical safety, who excels in zone coverage but needs work in tackling and man coverage. With the right coaching, he could develop these skills and become a solid starter.

R5:163 - Drake Nugent - Center, Michigan

Drake Nugent is our second Michigan offensive lineman to join the Buffalo Bills roster. The Wolverines offensive line was voted as the top line in college football two years in a row, so for the Bills getting two of those players, would provide solid depth. It also gives the team a possible backup option if things don't work out as planned with Connor McGovern moving to center.

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