Despite ending the season much sooner than anyone would have wanted, it is now time to turn our attention to most fans second most favorite time of year. The NFL Draft. For the Buffalo Bills, this will also be the first big strikes for Sean McDermott as he begins his tenure as the head coach in Buffalo.
In need of help on both sides of the football, the Buffalo Bills first round draft pick could be anyone’s guess at the moment. While the quarterback position looks to be sorted, the team is still in need of help at multiple positions including cornerback, wide receiver, and offensive line.
With the Draft now just about a month and a half away, we are closing in on the second best part of the NFL year. With the combine now over, the realtick towards the draft has begun. So without further ado, we present week nine of the “Buffalo Bills potential first round draft picks.”
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3. Patrick Mahomes — Quarterback — Texas Tech
Despite picking up the option on current starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the Buffalo Bills re-negotiated the deal into a team friendly option. With this new deal, it is evident that Tyrod remains just a stop gap option for a team still looking for it’s first franchise quarterback since the Jim Kelly-era ended.
Adding a player with an extremely high ceiling right here, the Buffalo Bills select Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech. While he will need some development to adapt to the NFL game, the contract given to Tyrod will allow the Bills to do just that. Even better is the fact that Buffalo could trade down and still end up with their man.
A true gunslinger, Mahomes has been on the rise ever since the end of the college season. Possessing a cannon for an arm, Mahomes is someone that has impressed a lot of NFL scouts. If one of those scouts belongs to the Bills, Mahomes could be the quarterback of the future for this team.
2. Marlon Humphrey — Cornerback — Alabama
One of the bigger positions of need right now for the Buffalo Bills is at cornerback. Heck, the secondary as a whole will need retooling this offseason with it almost certainly having to come through the draft. In the scenario that Buffalo doesn’t think it needs a wide receiver that badly, the team may look to address it’s cornerback position with it’s first pick.
While Buffalo could trade down and still end up with a day one starter at cornerback, Marlon Humphrey is someone the Bills will take if they remain at pick number ten. At one point, he was seen as the number one cornerback in this class, but a recent stock loss seams to have brought him right into Buffalo’s first round wheelhouse.
Possessing some solid size and footwork, Humphrey is a player that will hardly ever be burned by NFL receivers. While he does have some issues playing the ball and preventing catches, most of these should come over short-to-medium yardage. Good at preventing separation, Humphrey should be a good choice for the Buffalo Bills.
1. Corey Davis — Wide Receiver — Western Michigan
Seen now as the best wide receiver in this draft class by some, Corey Davis could be the perfect pick for the receiver needy Buffalo Bills. Pairing up Sammy Watkins with the size and ball hawk ability of Corey Davis, Buffalo would be set at the wide receiver position for many years to come.
While Davis did play for a smaller school at Western Michigan, Corey Davis is someone that should adapt nicely to the NFL. Given that he won’t have to be a number one upon his arrival in Buffalo, Davis will have an advantage in his development. With the presence of Watkins, Davis should also have a good rookie year as far as production goes.
Possessing the ability to play strong and tall when he is called upon makes Davis a real winner for the receiver needy Bills. A man among boys at Western Michigan, Davis should excel especially against some of the moderately sized NFL cornerbacks. If his overall game can be developed then he will eventually become a star player in this league.