DRAFT PREVIEW: Pick 10 – Buffalo Bills

The final pick of the top ten rests with Buffalo and their new, young, head coach, Sean McDermott. 

Pick: 10

2016 Record: 7-9

What went right in 2016? Sacking Rex Ryan was probably the best thing that they did. Interim head coach Anthony Lynn at least managed to get the team playing for one another again, resulting in LeSean McCoy turning in the best yardage figures for any running back with over 200 carries. If only the receiving corps had matched him, this could’ve been a very different season.

And what went wrong? Sammy Watkins‘ inability to stay fit, the defensive struggles fitting into the Ryan brothers’ scheme (even though this was abandoned midway through the season) and Tyrod Taylor‘s regression under center all contributed to a season which had promised much ending with a losing record.

What do they need? Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Offensive Tackle, Defensive Back

Who will they pick? This is a tricky choice for the Bills, because they could cover so many options with it. They seem wedded to another year of Taylor at quarterback, so could take a prospective replacement like Pat Mahones here. More likely is that they go with a player on the defensive side of the ball. McDermott is a defensive man through and through and the clearout of the secondary after 2016 suggests that they will look there. The problem is that both top safeties are likely to be off the board by now, leaving either a reach for Michigan’s versatile Jabrill Peppers (who is more of a late round prospect) or taking Ohio State corner Gareon Conley

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Richard O'Hagan
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