Even though the Buffalo Bills will no longer be playing football until August, the new year will begin in just under two months with free agency kicking it off and then the build up the NFL draft in late April. The Bills' front office will have a lot of work to do. They have a great amount of pending free agents and have some serious salary cap issues that they will need to address.
Depending on how the free agency period goes, the Bills will need to figure out which positions are crucial to look into in the first round of the draft. Buffalo currently has the 28th pick overall. In the last three drafts, the players that have been drafted at that spot include defensive end Myles Murphy, defensive tackle Devontae Wyatt, and defensive end Payton Turner.
General manager Brandon Beane has not had a ton of success lately as compared to when he first took over the duties in the front office in Buffalo. While he was not hired in until after the 2017 NFL draft (with drafted players in Tre'Davious White, Dion Dawkins, and Matt Milano), Beane was able to draft a franchise quarterback in Josh Allen, bring in a defensive tackle in Ed Oliver who is coming off a career year, and may have hit on tight end Dalton Kincaid.
With the situation that the Bills are in as far as pending free agents, they could be losing a lot of depth at crucial positions (wide receiver, running back, defensive tackle, and safety). When the draft approaches, they should focus on one of these positions.
Which position should the Buffalo Bills focus on the most?
Even though the Buffalo defense collapsed against the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs, one of the reasons why the Bills' offense is inconsistent is the lack of true firepower of weapons on the outside for Allen. With Gabe Davis being a pending free agent, the Bills could lose what has been their number two receiver the past three seasons. In addition, depth player Trent Sherfield will more than likely be out of Buffalo as well.
In this era of the NFL, it has become an offensive league where wide receivers are more crucial than they have ever been. The Bills have only had one year in the Josh Allen era where he had a solid receiving core in 2020 with Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley. Since then, the Bills have not had a consistent support for Allen on the outside and have not brought in more firepower for Allen.
Anything can happen with the draft but if the Bills have the opportunity to bring in a receiver who can make an impact right away to serve as another good weapon for Allen, Buffalo will have truly invested into their biggest investment in Allen. Great teams surround their great quarterbacks with as much valuable weapons as possible.