Buffalo Bills NFL Draft

Who are the 2019 Draft-Eligible Running Backs?

The Buffalo Bills have two glaring needs heading into the 2019 NFL Draft. The offensive line and wide receiver. That much we know, we even hear rumblings of drafting a tight end, and head coach Sean McDermott made it clear at the combine this week how important a strong tight end is to the offense that Brian Daboll wants to run.

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But there is one under the radar position the Buffalo Bills should be addressing in this year’s draft, running back. Here is a look at the draft eligible running backs the Bills could look into to help upgrade a position that was largely a disappointment last season.

JOSH JACOBS – ALABAMA

HEIGHT – 5’10

WEIGHT – 216

PROJECTED ROUND – 1-2

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Jacobs comes out of an NFL feeder in Alabama, he is coming off of his best collegiate season by far. Jacobs played in 15 games going for 640 yards on 120 carries, adding 14 total touchdowns averaging 5.3 yards per carry. His lack of carries came from a strong rotation with another draft eligible running back in Damien Harris, but many scouts consider Jacobs to be the best running back prospect in this draft. To think the Bills would draft a running back in the first round in foolish, but if Jacobs slips to the second round, don’t be surprised is Beane and company scoop him up, especially if they trade back and add an extra second round pick.

DAMIEN HARRIS – ALABAMA

HEIGHT – 5’10

WEIGHT – 214

PROJECTED ROUND – 1-2

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Harris is coming off a senior season from the NFL feeder, Alabama, where he averaged 5.8 yards per carry. He did see a hit in his workload this season given he was rotating with Josh Jacobs. Scouts regard Harris as a Doug Martin type running back. He adds a strong receiving presence out of the backfield coming off 22 receptions for 204 yards receiving. This could be another possible target for the Bills is he were to slip to round number two.

BENNIE SNELL JR. – KENTUCKY

HEIGHT – 5’11

WEIGHT – 222

PROJECTED ROUND – 2-3

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Snell burst onto the scene in 2018, setting career-highs in rushing yards (1,449), receptions (17), receiving yards (105), and total yards (1,554). Snell also recorded 16 touchdowns to go along with a 5.0 yards per carry average. Snell seems like a player the Bills would take a look at based on his style, he has a north and south running style that fits the ground and pound Buffalo style offense. Snell also fits the bill of being a high character and hardworking player according to scouts. His coach Mark Stoops claimed, “Bennie is not only loved by the football program here at Kentucky, but the school and community as well.” This seems like too good of a fit for the Bills to not at least kick the tires on Snell.

JUSTICE HILL – OKLAHOMA STATE

HEIGHT – 5’10

WEIGHT – 185

PROJECTED ROUND – 2-3

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Hill is coming off a very solid season at Oklahoma State, playing in 10 games for the Cowboys. Hill went for 930 rushing yards on 158 attempts. He added nine touchdowns on the ground, this was a drop off however from 2017 when he had 16 total touchdowns. Hill was bothered by injury in 2018, he missed time with both rib and concussion issues, but it was his first run in with injury in his career. Hill is known for his first step and being a “natural runner”. He is compared on the pro level to the likes of Bengals back Gio Bernard.

With these solid backs available, and the possibility of the Bills trading back with a QB hungry team, maybe Beane takes a good, long look at snatching up the running back of the future for the Buffalo Bills once the first round has ended.

*All scouting quotes and information provided by Walter Football*

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